Saturday, March 29, 2014

Upcoming Classes with Virginia Cooperative Extension‏ - April – October 2014

Schedule of Classes

Saturday in the Garden
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 9:00am - Noon.  Registration is requested call 703-792-7747 or email

April 5 - Got Wildlife?  Encourage beneficial wildlife species and get tips on handling nuisance critters with a special section on fencing options.  You Say "potato," I Say patattah”  Join the Cooks’ Garden team for information on potato planting

May 3 - Pollinator Friendly Gardening  Our pollinators are struggling – learn tips to attract and keep critical pollinators in your yard.  Compost It!  Learn from our Master Gardener “Compost Kings” about the best way to set up, maintain and use compost in your landscape.  Special report on the Emerald Ash Borer.  Master Gardener plant sale!  Proceeds benefit the Teaching Garden.  Seasonal Solutions  The Cooks’ Garden Team will share seasonal secrets for growing organic vegetables.

June 7 - Master Gardeners’ Favorite Plants  Everybody has a favorite plant.  Let Master Gardeners introduce you to some new and old favorites. Pruning - Clip It Right!  June is the time for pruning azaleas and other spring blooming shrubs. We will teach you what you need to know about these beloved landscape plants. Making the right cuts for the right reason at the right place and the right time results in abundant blooms next spring.  Join us for a lecture and demonstration.  Seasonal Solutions  The Cooks’ Garden Team will share seasonal secrets for growing organic vegetables.

July 12 - Simple ways to use water wisely in your landscape.  Learn how plants use water, tips on  rain barrels, proper irrigation &  best practices for utilizing water more effectively . The Fall Vegetable Garden  The Cooks’ Garden team will share tips for planting the Fall vegetable garden & extending the seasons.

August 2 - The Frugal Gardener  How to garden on a shoestring budget, get the most from your dollar by dividing plants, saving seeds and other smart ideas from Master Gardener Volunteers.  Seasonal Solutions   Join the Cooks’ Garden Volunteers for some seasonal tips for the organic vegetable garden

September 6 - Weeds, Soil Health and Cover Crops  Learn from VCE Staff & Master Gardener Volunteers how to improve your soil, identify weeds and use cover crops effectively.

October 4 - Tree identification  Join ISA Certified Arborist, Rachel Habig, for a class on Tree identification from 9 – 11:30 am.  Storing homegrown produce The Cooks’ Garden Volunteers will give you tips for storing your homegrown produce from 11:30 - 12 noon.

Ask a Master Gardener Your Gardening Questions

Local garden centers 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Manassas City Farmers’ Market Dale City Farmers’ Market
Southern States Saturday’s beginning on April 12 Sunday’s beginning on April 13
Lowe’s - Woodbridge 9:00 am to 1:00 pm 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Lowe’s – Gainesville
Saturdays—April 5, 12, & 26May 3 & 17
Call 703-792-7747 for more information.

Ten Steps to a Greener Lawn
Sunday, April 27, 2014
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
18825 Fuller Heights Road
Triangle, VA  22172
1 – 3 pm - Free

Master Gardener Volunteer, John Miller will share 10 ways you can keep your grass green and local waterways clean.  Free, but registration requested 703-792-7747 or

Prince William County Fair
August 8 - 16, 2014
10624 Dumfries Road
Manassas, VA 20112

Have your gardening, insect and wildlife questions answered by VCE Prince William Master Gardener Volunteers at the Prince William County Fair.  Check out the Master Gardener booth in the Agri-Culture Barn.
Visit the Prince William 4-H Children’s Barn for hand’s on activities.

Introduction to the Prince William County
Master Gardener Program
Find out about becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer with Virginia Cooperative Extension.  Please plan to attend one of the information sessions:

Monday, August 25 - 6:30-8 pm - Development Services Building Room 202 A & B - 5 County Complex Court, Prince William, 22192
Wednesday, August 27 - 6:30-8 pm - McCoy Room at Sudley North Government Building 7987 Ashton Avenue, Manassas 20109 Free, but registration is necessary please call 703-792-7747 or email 

B.E.S.T Lawns
Building Environmentally Sustainable Turf
Learn turf fertilization, maintenance practices, and timing that prevents problems.  Sign up your lawn for a Master Gardener visit and detailed report by VCE for just $25 and you can have a BEST Lawn too! Call if you have questions or need an application at 703-792-7747 or Email: 
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