Gardening Notes

Gardening Notes

To have gardening information, classes and demonstrations happening in Fairfax County listed free, mail information to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or fax to 703-917-0991 or e-mail

Walk & Talk Wednesdays for mature adults, sponsored by the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department, will be held at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens each Wednesday, from 10 a.m.-noon. Sessions will feature presentations by experts in the fields of horticulture, medicinal herbs, conservation and biodiversity, plus tours of the gardens. The cost is $12 for town residents and $16 for out-of-town participants. Advance registration is required. Call Vienna Parks and Recreation at 703-255-6360.

The Arlington Rose Foundation will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 11, in the meeting room of the Merrifield Garden Center (Fair Oaks Location), 12101 Lee Highway in Fairfax.  Rose bushes donated by Foundation members to make room in their gardens for new varieties in the Spring will

be auctioned off.  It's a good chance to get a mature rose bush at an attractive price. Guests are welcome and there is no charge for attending. For further information, contact Randy Scott at 703-590-8251.

Conifers for the Complete Garden will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens Park, located at 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Diane Lewis, Education Director of Brookside Gardens, will present her favorite conifers: large, small, round, pyramidal and every shape in between. The cost is $7. Call 703-642-5173.

Learn About Plants that play a key role in the treatment of cancer and the link between these treatments and the beneficial effects of art at a special program for mature adults sponsored by the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 1 to 1:30 p.m. The program is free of charge but advance registration is required. For more information call Vienna Parks and Recreation at 703-255-6360.

Herbal Gifts from the Garden will take place on Friday, Nov. 15 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens Park, located at 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Participants are invited to create rosemary topiaries, herbal wreaths and herbal bath salts and scrubs. The cost is $30. Call 703-642-5173.

Tea in Jane Austen's Garden with the Federalist Gentry will take place on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 1-3 p.m. at the Manor House, located at 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. A master gardener of the Federalist Gentry will provide a discourse on Ms. Austen's romantic and amiable observations of 18th century horticulture. The cost is $22. Call 703-941-798

Holiday Decorations with a Southern Flair, Monday, Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. Janet Carter, owner of Mille Fleur Florist in Chantilly, will lead a workshop for the Greenbriar Garden Club to create a stunning candle centerpiece with fresh greenery, fruits, and other natural materials found in our winter gardens. Learn tips and techniques from a professional designer and teacher. Members to bring materials.

The Greenbriar Garden Club meets on the fourth Monday of each month (except June, July, August and December) at 7:30 p.m. in the Greenbriar Community Center, 4615 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly, and is open to all from Greenbriar and surrounding communities.  For additional information, call 703-449-0168.

Green Spring Gardens Park serves Fairfax County residents and visitors by advancing the awareness and practice of gardening. The gardens and educational programs at Green Spring focus on practical landscaping techniques that are appropriate for the Washington metropolitan area. The park includes a horticulture center, demonstration gardens, an 18th-century manor house, and a wooded stream valley with ponds. Park grounds are open from dawn to dusk. The Horticulture Center is open Monday through Saturday. The Horticulture Center Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Nature Print Journal will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Green Springs Garden Park, located at 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Adults and children between ages 6-9 are invited to make a garden journal, decorate it with nature prints and then share favorite gardening books. A special guest will read their favorite gardening story. An adult must accompany each child. The cost is $10 and reservations are required. Call 703-642-5173.

Get your questions about gardening problems answered by master gardeners at Neighborhood Plant Clinics held throughout the area. Take plant and insect samples to a neighborhood clinic, and if the master gardeners do not have an immediate answer, they will send your samples to their diagnostic labs. You will receive a report within two or three weeks. Call 703-324-8556 for more information. Master gardeners are on hand at the following locations:

* Burke Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon;

* Chantilly Library, Wednesdays, 6:30-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.;

* Fairfax Farmers Market, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon;

* Falls Church City Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon;

* George Mason Library, Wednesdays, 6:30-9 p.m.;

* Herndon Farmers Market, Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon;

* Meadowlark Gardens, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.;

* Mount Vernon Farmers Market, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.;

* Pohick Library, Mondays, 6:30- 9 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m.;

* Reston Library, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursdays, 6:30; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.;

* Tysons-Pimmit Library, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.;

* Vienna Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon;

* Virginia Cooperative Extension, Fairfax Office, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.