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Friday/March 31

Super Seniors Golf Tournament. A golfing challenge in three age categories: (men) 70-75, 76-81 and 82 and up. Women are encouraged to join and one division has been established for those 70 and up. Players will receive 18 holes of golf with a power cart, continental breakfast and lunch. The cost is senior green fees plus $15 per person. Greendale Golf Course, 6700 Telegraph Road. To register call 703-971-3788.

Saturday/April 1

Structuring a Garden with Trees and Shrubs. Trees and shrubs are great garden structures. Betsy Washington, woody plant instructor from George Washington University, shows her favorite trees and shrubs and how they add structure to a garden. Admission is $11. 10-11a.m. at Green Spring, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173.

Thursday/April 6

Mini Greenhouse. The weather’s warming up. Start seeds growing indoors in a mini greenhouse now for a garden outdoors later. Feel the warmth going through a tour in a real greenhouse. $5 per child and class. 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon. Green Spring, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173 to register. Repeats April 8.

Friday/April 7

Propagation Demonstration: Multiplying the Garden Treasures. Mary Frogale, staff horticulturist, demonstrates how to take a single plant and turn it into many. Use hatchets, pruning knives and garden forks to lift, split, and divide our garden treasures - then take one home and make it in to a treasure. Admission is $15. 9.30-11a.m. at Green Spring, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173.

Saturday/April 8

An Organic Approach to Gardening. A healthy, organic garden produces strong plants that are able to withstand adverse conditions. Cindy Brown, organic gardener, shows how to become an environmentally aware gardener and share tips on successful organic practices. Fee: $11. 10-11a.m. at Green Spring, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173.

Cherry Blossom Festival. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Duke St. Admission is free and the festival will be held rain or shine. Call 703-883-4684.

Mini Greenhouse. The weather’s warming up. Start seeds growing indoors in a mini greenhouse now for a garden outdoors later. Feel the warmth going through a tour in a real greenhouse. $5 per child and class. 10-11 a.m. Green Spring, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173 to register. Repeats April 6.

Saturday/April 15

Planning, Planting and Harvesting a Herb Garden. Margaret Ritchie, author of “Planning, Planting and Harvesting Your Herb Garden,” shows how to include herbs in the landscape, maintain them and embrace them in the daily routine. Books available for purchase. Fee: $11. 10-11.30 a.m. at Green Spring, 4603 Green Spring Road. Call 703-642-5173.

Markets

Green Spring Garden Markets: 4603 Green Spring Road, 703-642-5173, http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp/. Saturdays, April 8, 15, 22 and 29 and May 6 and 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Green Spring has invited a select group of local growers to offer shrubs, native plants and wildflowers, ornamental grasses and unusual perennials and annuals. Friends of Green Spring receive 10 percent off in the Garden Gate Plant Shop located behind the Greenhouse. The Green Spring Master Gardeners will be on hand at each Garden Market with an exhibit highlighting a particular horticultural practice such as shade gardening, composting, containers, etc.

Del Ray Farmers Market: Corner of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, beginning April 15. The Irish Breakfast Band will play opening day. Contact the market master Pat Miller at pmiller1806@comcast.net or 703-683-2570.

Alexandria Farmers Market: 301 King St., 703-838-5006, http://alexandriava.gov/market/farmersmarket.html. Saturdays, year-round from 5 to 10:30 a.m. at Market Square. Arrive early for the best selection of fresh flowers, baked goods, produce, handmade crafts and artwork.

Mount Vernon Farmers Market: Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/farm-mkt.htm. Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-noon from May to October.