Monday, December 30, 2013

Upcoming Events with Virginia Cooperative Extension‏ - January thru May 2014

Schedule of Classes

Please call Extension Horticulture Help Desk at 703-792-7747 to register or if you have any questions about any of the programs listed above.
Class cancellations are determined by registrations and by the weather.
Please make sure when you register to include a daytime phone number so we can contact you if a class is cancelled.

Basics of Gardening Series
Location:  REALTOR® Association of Prince William
4545 Daisy Reid Avenue, Suite 150
Woodbridge, VA  22192

January 25: Right Plant, Right Place
February 22: Lawn, Groundcovers, Weeds
March 15: Diseases, Insects, IPM
Snow date of March 29
9 am to 1 pm
Registration fee for the series is $45 for individuals; 
$75 for couples sharing materials.
Please call 703-792-7747 or email for more information and a registration form.

Prune It Right
Feb 8, 1:30 – 3:30pm
Benedictine Monastery, Subiaco Room, 
9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, 20136
Taught by Rachel Habig-Myers, MS, MPS
Learn best practices for timing, technique for pruning trees and shrubs.  This class includes a classroom and hands-on information.  Dress for the weather.  This class is free, please register.

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening Series 10:30 am on the Saturdays listed below
Chinn Park Library
13065 Chinn Park Drive
Prince William, VA 22192
Growing our own food, using nature as a guide and incorporating sustainable practices is good for our bodies and good for the earth.  These 3 classes cover the essential topics — planning the garden, using organic sustainable techniques to develop healthy productive gardens, and growing good garden soil.  These practices are on display at our Teaching Garden and showcased in our Saturday in the Garden programs.  There is no charge for these classes; please register.
Taught by Master Gardener Paul Gibson and the Master Gardener Cook’s Garden Team
Saturday, Feb. 8 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Planning you organic vegetable garden & soil preparation
Saturday, March 15 – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Best Practices for organic vegetable gardening
Saturday, March 22 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Interactive workshop: Applying Best Practices for Part I and II to plan your organic vegetable garden

Bringing Nature Home Doug Tallamy
February 16, 2 - 4 pm 
Location: Manassas Park Community Center
99 Adams Drive Manassas Park VA 20111
This class is free; registration is strongly suggested

Planting a Pocket Meadow, March 27
7:00 – 8:30 pm, Chinn Park Regional Library
13065 Chinn Park Drive, Prince William, VA 22192
Have a small space in your landscape that you want to convert from turf to flowers?  Small 'pocket meadows' -- more like informal native perennial borders provide space for pollinator visits and habitat for seed-eating birds. Join Kevin Munroe, Park Manager, Huntley Meadows Park in Fairfax County for a discussion about small meadow planting and maintenance.  This class is free; please register.

VCE - Prince William Drinking Water Clinic
Kick-off Meeting: March 31, 7 - 8:30 pm
Results Interpretation Meeting: May 12, 7 - 9 pm 9248 Lee Avenue, Old Courthouse, Manassas
Sample Drop-off: April 2, 6:30-10 am
Extension Office
The goal of the Virginia Household Water Quality Program is to improve the water quality of Virginians with private water supplies, such as wells, springs and cisterns.  Results and information about possible treatment options.  The kick-off meeting introduces water quality concerns in our area; kits will be provided.  The interpretation meeting will explain the report, include a discussion and answer questions on dealing with water problems. For more information on this statewide program go to
How much does it cost? $49.  NO CASH PLEASE - CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS ONLY!  Fee will be collected at the KICK OFF MEETING 3/31/14.
*Water Samples MUST be dropped off on April 2nd between 6:30 am and 10 am at the 
VCE - Prince William Office
8033 Ashton, Suite 105, Manassas, 20109

Saturday in the Garden 2014 Taught by VCE - Prince William Master Gardener Volunteers
Teaching Garden at St. Benedict Monastery
9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow,  20136.
All programs are free and run from 9:00 am-Noon.  Registration is requested.  Call 703-792-7747 or email

April 5
May 3
June 7
July 12
August 2
September 6
October 4

2014 Save the Dates!
Ask a Master Gardener your gardening questions at local garden centers!
Southern States
Lowe’s - Woodbridge
Lowe’s - Gainesville
Saturdays—April 5, 12, & 26
May 3 & 17

Manassas City Farmers’ Market & the Dale City Farmers’ Market
Sundays, beginning on
April 13
Call 703-792-7747 for more information.
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