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Virginia Cooperative Extension Announces September Events

The Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners of Arlington/Alexandria will host several September events around the area, the group recently announced.

First, the Master Gardeners will present a program on gardening in containers on Saturday, September 12, from 10:30 a.m. – noon at Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. It will emphasize the use of edible herbs and vegetables that not only look attractive but also can survive cold conditions.

On Sunday, Sept. 13 the Master Gardeners will host their Annual Taste and Tour from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Organic Vegetable Demonstration Garden at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington.

The event will feature samples from the garden. Master Gardeners will be on hand to talk about growing vegetables in Northern Virginia, with a special emphasis on planting fall crops and overwintering vegetables. Visitors should park in the parking lot and walk past the Nature Center to the garden.

Master Gardener Sally Baker will present a program on Putting the Herb Garden to Bed on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. The program will be repeated on Monday, Sept.21, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria.

The program will cover what herbs to prune, pull, protect, and bring inside and herbs that can be planted in fall. It will also offer tips and techniques for using or preserving cut herbs, including how to make flavored vinegars.

Finally, on Saturday, Sept. 19, the Master Gardeners will present a program on fall lawn care on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Fairlington Community Center. The program will be repeated on Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Fairlington.

Program leaders will explain why fall is the ideal time to restore cool-season grass, describe how to improve lawns and the underlying soil, and outline steps for ensuring a beautiful weed-free lawn. Alternatives to turf will also be explored.

All programs are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. For more information or to register, mgnv.org, call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

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