Thursday, March 9, 2017

VCE Vegetable Gardening Part 3: Free Public Education Program – Arlington, March 4, 2017


Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington VA 22206
Telephone 703-228-6400
 Contact:  Kirsten Buhls, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent (

Vegetable Gardening Part 3: Manage, Maintain
Tuesday, March 217-8:30 pmFairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206, or……
Saturday, March 25, 10:30-noon, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206

Due to popular demand, we are offering this class twice!!

New gardeners learn how to manage and maintain a healthy garden in an eco-friendly way.  You will learn how to distinguish between those all-important beneficial insects vs. pests…...(hint: ladybug larvae look like tiny black and orange alligators).  Other topics include the importance of pollinators and other beneficial insects; crop rotation and intercropping to help control garden pests; how to identify diseases and weeds; and how to maximize harvests with space-saving techniques.

Free. Advance registration requested at Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email
Questions? Telephone the VCE Horticulture Help Desk at 703-228-6414 or email

New Free Public Education Program on Growing Herbs and Plants From Your Grocery Store! – Alexandria, March 18, 2017

Herbs and Plants: From the Grocery Store to the Garden to the Kitchen!(note that class is offered twice)

Saturday, March 1811-12:30, Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304, or
Monday, March 207-8:30 pm, Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314

Do you have a taste for ginger and new potatoes? Do you use a lot of garlic and shallots? Now you can learn how to plant, grow and cook with the many vegetables and herbs you can buy at the grocery store.  This class will teach you the tips you need to shop the produce aisles of your grocery store to supplement your seed and plant purchases. Taught by our guest speaker, Sally Baker.

Free. Advance registration requested at Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email

PMG 2017 Spring Lecture Series – Albemarle – Charlottesville, March 16 – April 13, 2017

National Citizen Science Brown Marmorated Stinkbug Project!

As you likely know the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is a newly invasive insect found throughout much of the United States. The insect is both an urban pest of homes and agricultural pest of tree fruit, sweet corn, vegetable and small fruit. You are receiving this letter because the insect has not yet been verified in your state or county.
Cornell entomologists and a team of national scientists through SCRI support are working together to develop more sophisticated monitoring and management tools for this invasive insect. We are asking for your assistance toward this end.
This project plays an important role in our understanding the spread of invasive insects and most importantly, the future successful deployment of biological control efforts to manage the insect in urban and agricultural environments.
We are asking that you consider sending along the attached PDF with embedded links to your digital newsletter and posting the link of the 'National Citizen Science Project' in your Facebook page for residents of your county to post an image (for verification) and participate in the project.
The link to the Citizen Science BMSB website also provides to participants all of the information to take part in the National Citizen Science Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Project:
Likewise, we are inviting all of the other 48 states also participate for us to best monitor the spread of the insect.
To do so we would like participants to verify the EDDMaps submission of the BMSB by requesting they submit a clear image of the specimen and post it into the EDDMaps link to upload the image for verification of BMSB presence in that township/county:
If need be, clear images can also be submitted to:
Thank you for your support. Have a productive season.

NRVMGA Event – Christiansburg, VA, May 13, 2017

The New River Valley Master Gardener Association will host its annual Plant Sale and Plant Clinic on Saturday May 13th from 9 am until 2 pm. Held on the grounds of the Christiansburg Government Center, 755 Roanoke St. in Christiansburg, this annual event has garnered a wonderful reputation in the community for the place to be on the 13th. We have a wide selection of vegetables, perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees, house plants and more. There will be Master Gardeners on site to advise and answer questions from the public. Various businesses in the community donate and support this annual event. Many of the available offerings were grown by our Master Gardeners as well. A limited number of plumbed rain barrels will be available for purchase, both painted and unpainted. This event is held rain or shine. Find that perfect Mother’s Day gift while shopping! Questions call 540 382-5790.

VMGA Announces MG College Scholarship!

Battlefield Farms Educational Event – Rapidan, VA, March 28 2017

Hi All!

Attached is the flyer for the upcoming educational event at Battlefield Farms for Extension Master Gardeners and Agents on Tuesday, March 28, 2017!
The link to register is embedded in the flyer and is also here:
More information about speakers and topics will be announced in the coming weeks, and if anyone has questions, please let us know!  We are looking forward to this unique opportunity!
Thanks, and have a great weekend,
The State EMG Office