Peg’s Picks: March 2016 Gardening Events for the Washington DC Metro Area

Thursday, March 3, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Seed Starting 101, by VCE Master Gardeners in Loudoun County, free. Loudoun County Public Library, Gum Spring Branch, 24600 Millstream Drive, Stone Ridge, VA 20105. http://www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org

Thursday March 3, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, All About Water Gardening, free lecture by Richard Koogle, vice president of Lilypons Water gardens, courtesy of Loudoun County Master Gardeners. Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road, NW Leesburg, VA 20176. http://www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org

Saturday, 3/5: Merrifield, Prune like a Pro Part 2; Fair Oaks, Night Gardens; Gainesville, Spring Color with Trees. Saturdays Sessions at Merrifield Garden Center, free lectures at 10:00 am in three locations: (M=Merrifield; FO=Fair Lakes; G=Gainesville). http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com.

Saturday, March 5, 11:00 am to noon, The Birth of a Rain Garden: From Start to Finish Garden Free lectures at Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD; (301) 937-1100; http://www.behnkes.com

Saturday, March 5, 2:00-3:00 pm. Working with Pollinators: How to Make a Home for Solitary Bees Garden. Free lectures at Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD; (301) 937-1100; http://www.behnkes.com

Saturday, March 5; Sunday, March 6; Friday, March 11; Saturday, March 12; and Sunday, March 13. Maryland Home and Garden Show, Maryland State Fairground, Timonium, MD. Admission fee; check website for times. http://www.mdhomeandgarden.com

Saturday, March 5, 10:30 to noon (Arlington location) and Saturday, March 12, 2:30 to 4:00 (Alexandria location). How to Prune Practically Anything. Bring your own tools because you also will learn how to sharpen tools and dress warmly for this outdoor session. Presented by VCE Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Free but register in advance at http://www.tinyurl.com/RegisterVCE If you have questions, call (703) 228-6414, e-mail mgarlalex.org, or see website http://www.mgnv.org.

Saturday, March 5, 10:00 to 11:00 am, Spring Garden Maintenance lecture. Free at Burke Nursery and Garden Centre, 9401 Burke Road, Burke, VA 22015; (703) 323-1188. http://www.burkenursery.com

Sunday, March 6, 1:30 to 2:30 pm, How and Whys of Botanical Nomenclature, by Lee Gordon. Part of the Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series at Green Spring Gardens, 1:30 to 2:30 pm. After lecture, meet presenter and enjoy refreshments. Fee and can register for individual topics or for all of the Sunday lectures. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312; (703) 642-5173. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

Tuesday March 8, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, Herbs: From the Grocery Store to the Garden to the Kitchen. Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, 22314. Presented by VCE Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. If you have questions, call (703) 228-6414, e-mail mgarlalex.org, or visit http://www.mgnv.org. Free but register in advance at http://www.tinyurl.com/RegisterVCE

Wednesday March 9, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Going Native: Tried and True Plants for the Landscape, Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, 22304. Presented by the VCE Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. If you have questions, call (703) 228-6414, e-mail mgarlalex.org, or visit http://www.mgnv.org. Free but register in advance at http://www.tinyurl.com/RegisterVCE

Thursday, March 10, noon to 12:45 pm; repeated at 12:50. Spring Roots Cooking Demonstration (potatoes, radishes, and turnips) by the Cook sisters, also repeated on Thursday, March 24, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20002; (202) 225-8333. http://www.usbg.gov.

Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 and again on Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 pm Start Now! Growing Potatoes, Onions, Asparagus — Cool Season Vegetables and More Garden Talks at Behnke Nurseries Garden Center, free, do not have to register. 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD; (301) 937-1100; http://www.behnkes.com

Saturday, 3/12: M, Dramatic Garden Makeovers; FO, Displays Ready for Prime Time; G, Spring Cleaning in the Garden. Saturdays Sessions at Merrifield Garden Center, free lectures at 10:00 am in three locations. (M=Merrifield; FO=Fair Laks; G=Gainesville).  http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com.

Saturday, March 12, Annual Gardening Symposium, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Loudoun County Master Gardeners, Ida Lee Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Drive, Leesburg, VA 20176; fee and must register. http://www.loudounccountymastergardeners.org/events/annual-symposium

Saturday March 12, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Culinary Herbs, by VCE Master Gardeners in Loudoun County, free. Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. http://www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org

Saturday March 12, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Intensive Organic Vegetable Gardening Part I, free lecture by VCE Master Gardeners in Loudoun County. Philomont Community Center, 36592, Jeb Stuart Rd., Philomont, VA 20131. http://www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org

Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 pm (and again on Saturday, March 12 at 2:00). Start Now! Growing Potatoes, Onions, Asparagus — Cool Season Vegetables and More. Free Garden Talk at Behnke Nursery Garden Center, 11300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD; (301) 937-1100; http://www.behnkes.com

Sunday, March 13, 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Epic Tomatoes, by Craig LeHoullier. Part of the Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series at Green Spring Gardens. After lecture, meet presenter and enjoy refreshments. Can register for individual topics or for all; fee. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312. (703) 642-5173 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

Wednesday, March 16, noon to 1:30 pm, Spring Roots, Cooking Demonstration (potatoes, radishes and turnips) with the Cook sisters, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902; (301) 962-1400; fee and must register. http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside

Wednesday, March 16, 10:30 am-11:30 am. A Cultural Exploration of Chinese Gardens with Scott Rykiel. Ladew Gardens Spring lecture series, fee and must register. Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, MD 21111; (410) 557-9570. http://www.ladewgardens.com

Wednesday, March 16, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Seed Starting. Part of the Wednesdays in the Garden Series, led by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington VA; (703) 228-5990, free and no need to register. http://www.library.arlingtonva.us/events/garden-talks

Saturday, March 19, Multiplying Garden Treasures: Propagating from Cuttings, 1:30 to 3:00 pm. Fee and must register. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312. (703) 642-5173  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

Saturday March 19, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Intensive Organic Vegetable Gardening Part 2, free lecture by VCE Master Gardeners in Loudoun County, Philomont Community Center, 36592, Jeb Stuart Rd., Philomont, VA 20131. http://www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org

Saturday, March 19, Merrifield, Fragrant Gardens; FO, Get to Know Perennials; G, Drainage Solutions. Saturdays Sessions at Merrifield Garden Center, free lectures at 10:00 am in three locations. (M=Merrifield; FO=Fair Lakes; G=Gainesville). http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com.

Saturday, March 19, Plot Against Hunger Spring Garden Kick Off, 9: 00 am to 1:00 pm, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane at Military Road, Arlington, VA 22207; Learn about Arlington Food Assistance Center’s (AFAC’s) Plot Against Hunger Gardens and start you own garden. Learn about seed starting, straw bale and lasagna gardening, mulching, growing vegetables, herbs, and mushrooms, irrigation, rain barrels, composting, etc. RSVP to PlotAgainstHunger@afac.org by March 17. Free family event. http://www.afac.org

Saturday, March 19, 10:30 am to noon, Plant Propagation. Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria, 22304. Presented by the VCE Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Free but register in advance at http://www.tinyurl.com/RegisterVCE If you have questions, call (703) 228-6414, e-mail mgarlalex.org, or visit http://www.mgnv.org.

Sunday, March 20, 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Growing Summer Bouquets, by Lisa Zeigler. Part of the Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series at Green Spring Gardens. After lecture, meet presenter and enjoy refreshments. Can register for individual topics or for all; fee. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312. (703) 642-5173 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Vegetable Gardening 2: Management and Maintenance, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington, 22206. Presented by the VCE Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Free but register in advance at http://www.tinyurl.com/RegisterVCE If you have questions, call (703) 228-6414, e-mail mgarlalex.org, or visit http://www.mgnv.org

Wednesday, March 23, Fine Gardening Meets Fine Dining, Delectable Plants for the Home Landscape with Pandora Young. Part of the Ladew Gardens Spring lecture series, fee and must register. Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, MD 21111; (410) 557-9570. http://www.ladewgardens.com

Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Designing your Garden. Part of the Wednesdays in the Garden, led by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington VA; (703) 228-5990, free and no need to register. http://www.library.arlingtonva.us/events/garden-talks

Thursday, March 24, noon to 12:45 pm and repeated at 12:50 pm. Spring Roots Cooking Demonstration (potatoes, radishes, and turnips) by the Cook sisters, also repeated on Thursday, March 10, noon to 12:45 pm; repeated at 12:50. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20002; (202) 225-8333. http://www.usbg.gov.

Saturday, March 26, Merrifield, Build the Lawn of your Dreams; FO, Growing Herbs; G, Growing Herbs 2:00 (same speaker and content as the 10:00 am session at FO) Saturdays Sessions at Merrifield Garden Center, free lectures at 10:00 am in three locations. (M=Merrifield; FO=Fair Lakes; G=Gainesville). http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com.

Wednesday, March 30, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. From the grocery store to the garden to the kitchen. Part of the Wednesdays in the Garden series, led by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners. Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington VA; (703) 228-5990, free and no need to register. http://www.library.arlingtonva.us/events/garden-talks

Wednesday, March 30, The Right-size Flower Garden with Kerry Ann Mendez. Part of the Ladew Gardens Spring lecture series, fee and must register. Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, MD 21111; (410) 557-9570. http://www.ladewgardens.com

Thursday, March 31, noon to 2:00-4:00 pm, Dealing with Deer and other Mammal Pests in Your Garden, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902; (301) 962-1400; fee and must register. http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside

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