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Virginia Cooperative Extension
Horticulture Classes

Weather reminder: If Prince William County Schools close early or are closed due to inclement weather, classes and programs will be cancelled and will be rescheduled. Please call 703-792-7747 for more information.

Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Classes

Virginia Cooperative Extension Horticulture classes are free (unless noted) and are open to the public. Pre-registration is required for classes. Note that class cancellations are determined by the weather and number of registrations. For more information or to register, call the Extension Master Gardener Help Desk at 703-792-7747 or register online using our Horticulture Class Registration Form.

Basics of Gardening
Powell’s Creek - McCoart Building
1 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA 22192
February 20, 27, March 12
SNOW DATE: March 19
9 am to 1 pm
Through instruction by Master Gardeners and Extension Staff, students will learn some of the science behind gardening, plant culture and pest and disease solutions. The series will focus on research-based knowledge of plant resistance, problem avoidance and the most effective control strategies.  Please click here for the Basics of Gardening brochure.
Please call 703-792-7747 for more information.  $5 per class or $10 for the series.  Receipt of registration/payment confirms your enrollment.

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening Series
Chinn Library
13065 Chinn Park Dr., Woodbridge, VA 22192
February 13, & March 5
SNOW DATE: March 26
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Growing our own food, using nature as a guide and incorporating sustainable practices is good for our bodies and good for the earth.  These 3 classes cover the essential topics — planning the garden, using organic sustainable techniques to develop healthy productive gardens, and growing good garden soil.  These practices are on display at our Teaching Garden and showcased in our Saturday in the Garden programs.  There is no charge for these classes; but class is limited to 60, please click here to register. Taught by the Master Gardener Cook’s Garden Team.  Please call 703-792-7747 or email master_gardener@pwcgov.org.

Pruning Class
Teaching Garden at St. Benedict Monastery

9424 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA 20136
February 20, 2016
1:30 to 3:30 pm
Taught by Rachel Habig-Myers, MS, MPS.  Learn best practices for timing, techniques for pruning trees and shrubs.  This class includes a classroom and hands-on information.  Dress for the weather.  This class is free, but please register by calling 703-792-7747 or email master_gardener@pwcgov.org Space is limited.  Please click here to register.

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes
February 21, 2016
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Manassas Park Community Center
99 Adams St., Manassas, VA 20111
Free presentation by Thomas Rainer, co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes, based on this book. Mr. Rainer is a landscape architect, university professor, and writer. Copies of this book, published by Timber Press and co-authored with horticulturalist Claudia West, will be available for purchase and signing by Mr. Rainer. The book was reviewed by The Washington Post on December 3, 2015.  Please register, 703-792-7747 or master_gardener@pwcgov.orgPlease click here to register.

VCE - Prince William Drinking Water Clinic
Kick-off Meeting: March 28, 7 - 8:30 pm
Results Interpretation Meeting: May 11, 7 - 9 pm
9248 Lee Avenue, Old Courthouse, Manassas
Sample Drop-off** March 30, 6:30-10 am at the Extension Office
Do you know what’s in your drinking water? While public water supplies are tested daily for contaminants, most private water supplies, like wells and springs, are rarely tested. It is recommended that well owners test their water at least annually for bacteria, nitrates.  Regular well testing allows you detect and fix problems early.   Basic well testing can cost over $250, but through the Virginia Household Water Quality Program (VHWQP) an array of tests only costs $55.
The goal of VHWQP is to improve the water quality of private water supplies by offering low cost water sampling and information about possible treatment options. 
The kick-off meeting introduces water quality concerns in our area; kits will be provided.  The interpretation meeting will explain the report, include a discussion and answer questions on dealing with water problems. For more information on this statewide program please click here. 
How much does it cost? $55.  NO CASH PLEASE - CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS ONLY!  Fee will be collected at the KICK OFF MEETING 3/28/16.
**Water Samples MUST be dropped off between 6:30 am and 10 am at the
VCE - Prince William Office
8033 Ashton, Suite 105, Manassas, 20109
Please click here to register

 

Extension Horticulture Help Desk - Drop off samples at the office or leave a message about your insect disease or gardening question. Staffed by Master Gardener Volunteers. Call 703-792-7747 or email master_gardener@pwcgov.org.

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