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Plant Clinics Offer Gardening Advice

If you wonder why your azaleas don’t bloom, which tree is best for your home landscape, or when you should fertilize your lawn, VCE and Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia can help you find the answers at weekly Plant Clinics held in the following four locations:

* Arlington County Farmer’s Market, intersection of N. 14th Street and Courthouse Road, Saturdays, from 8 to 11 a.m., through last Saturday in September.

* Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Thursdays, from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m., through Oct. 7, 2010.

* Old Town Farmers’ Market, 301 King Street, Alexandria, Saturdays, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., through last Saturday in September.

* Del Ray Farmers’ Market, intersection of Mt. Vernon and East Oxford Avenues, Saturdays, from 8:30 to 11 a.m., through last Saturday in September.

In addition, the Extension Master Gardener Help Desk (703-228-6414) is staffed from 9 a.m. through noon, Monday through Friday, year round. Home gardeners are also welcome to visit the Virginia Cooperative Extension office in person at 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, VA, during these hours, and the website at www.ext.vt.edu. The Master Gardeners who staff these clinics and the Help Desk have received at least 60 hours of classroom education and hands-on training in a wide variety of home gardening topics, from pruning and planting to soil preparation and pest control. All clinics and the Helpdesk are free of charge.