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The public education events for January 2019 are open to all, but space may be limited for several of them. To reserve a spot, please register online https://mgnv.org/public-education-events/vce-horticulture-programs-registration/.

Sustainable Landscaping: Design Basics  
Sustainable landscape design builds on the unique conditions of your yard to create a healthier and more ecologically friendly outdoor space. Learn both basic design principles and the steps to take to assess your site’s conditions, no matter the size of your property. This is the first of four classes offered by Extension Master Gardeners in a series on sustainable landscaping to be held at Columbia Pike Branch Library in January and February. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or emailmgarlalex@gmail.com.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Columbia Pike Branch Library 
Westmont Room  
816 South Walter Reed Drive 
Arlington 22204

Urban Agriculture: Selecting and Starting Seeds (please note that the same class content is offered twice) 
Jump-start your vegetable garden! Get the scoop on seed selection—hybrid vs. heirloom, which seeds to start indoors and what’s required to get them growing. Learn to make your own starter pots and how to bring sunshine inside with simple lighting systems. Germination is complex, but seed starting is reassuringly simple! This is the first class in a series on urban agriculture offered by Extension Master Gardeners to be held at Burke and Westover Branch libraries in Winter/Spring 2019.Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Monday, Jan. 14 
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 North McKinley Rd., Arlington 22205, or

Saturday, Jan. 19
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library 
4701 Seminary Rd.
Alexandria 22304
 

Sustainable Landscaping: Building Soil Health 
Healthy soil is your key to success in gardening. Learn how to build soil health by feeding your soil’s biome, how to create great compost, and how to prevent or mitigate both erosion and compaction by choosing plants with the right root systems. This is the second of four classes in a series offered by Extension Master Gardeners on sustainable landscaping to be held at Columbia Pike Branch Library in January and February. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Wednesday, Jan. 23
 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 
Columbia Pike Branch Library 
Westmont Room 
816 South Walter Reed Drive 
Arlington 22204.

Urban Agriculture: Grow Lights Show and Tell (please note that the same class content is offered twice) 
Give your plants a healthy start with grow lights that can ensure your seedlings get great light indoors, even when it’s snowing and freezing outside, and even if you don’t have a bright south-facing window. You can grow unusual and hard-to-find varieties of vegetables that may never be offered at local garden centers, or farm microgreens indoors that are bursting with nutrition. Avoid spindly, unhealthy seedlings produced by inadequate light. Learn the pros and cons of different types of lights and some options for creating your own grow light system inexpensively. We’ll provide instructions and material lists for a shelf system, a stand design, and grow lights in a storage box. Each of these approaches can jump-start your garden and get you on the way to healthy eating. This is the second class in a series on urban agriculture offered by Extension Master Gardeners to be held at Burke and Westover Branch libraries in Winter/Spring 2019. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Saturday, Jan. 26
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library 
4701 Seminary Rd.
Alexandria 22304  or

Tuesday, Jan. 29
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library 
1644 North McKinley Rd. 
Arlington 22205