Weather reminder: if Prince William County Schools close early or are close due to inclement weather classes and programs will be cancelled and will be reschedule.  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.
     

Philadelphia Flower Show 2015
"Lights, Camera, BLOOM!"
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Price includes deluxe motor coach transportation, admission to flower show, and morning snack, and driver gratuity.  VCE Extension Office is located at 8033 Ashton Ave Manassas VA 20109, next to Bull Run Library.
6:15 am  Meet motor coach at VCE Extension Office
6:30 am  Depart for Philadelphia Convention Center
9:30 am  Arrive at Flower Show
6:15 pm  Meet motor coach in designated area
6:30 pm  Depart Flower Show for home
9:30 pm  Approximate arrival back to Extension Office
Questions?  Call the Extension Horticulture Help Desk--703-792-7747 or Jennifer Graham 703-792-6285 or email master_gardener@pwcgov.org.
PRICE PER PERSON = $85 This payment will reserve your seat.  Price includes deluxe motor coach transportation, admission to the flower show, a morning snack, and driver gratuity.
Make checks payable to “MGPW” and mail with note to Philly Flower Show, 8033 Ashton Avenue, Suite 105; Manassas, VA 20109.  PLEASE INCLUDE A CONTACT NUMBER AND AN EMAIL WHERE YOU CAN BE REACHED.
Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be offered if a substitute passenger can be found. If the bus is cancelled due to weather at last minute, refunds will be given only after monies are refunded by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society and the bus company and all costs are divided evenly.
MGPW and VCE and their representatives accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws or other such causes. All services are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided.
 
VCE - Prince William Drinking Water Clinic
Kick-off Meeting: March 23, 2015 from 7 - 8:30 pm
Results Interpretation Meeting: May 6, 2015 from 7 - 8:30 pm
Old Courthouse in Manassas
9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas, 20110
Sample Drop-off ONLY: March 25, 6:30 - 10 am at the Extension Office
8033 Ashton Avenue, Suite 105
Manassas, VA 20109 
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 $49.
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 go to www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/clinics
How much does it cost? $49.  NO CASH PLEASE - CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS ONLY!  Fee will be collected at the KICK OFF MEETING 3/23/15.
 
Saturday in the Garden
Taught by VCE - Prince William Master Gardener Volunteers
Teaching Garden at St. Benedict Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, 20136.
All programs are free and run from 9:00am - Noon.  Registration is requested call 703-792-7747 or email master_gardener@pwcgov.org
April 11 - Companion Planting - Discover which plants, grown side by side, benefit each other and result in healthier plants and better garden yield.  Join the Cooks’ Garden Master Gardeners for planting potatoes and turning cover crops.
May 9 - Good Guys and Bad Guys – When you see an insect on your plant do you immediately squish it? You may be targeting an ally instead of your enemy!  Learn about the many insects that help us in the garden. Tips and Tricks in the organic vegetable garden. Secrets from Cooks’ Garden volunteers.  MGPW Plant Sale – find some new plants for your garden! Proceeds support the Teaching Garden
June 13 - A Walk Through the Native Bed with bed leaders, Jannell and Karen. Want to save water and have a garden that survives our dry summers?  Join Master Gardener Volunteers, Linda and Sally for tips and tricks used in the Drought Tolerant bed.
July 11 - Composting - Learn how to make “black gold” by turning  grass, leaves and clippings into dark brown, crumbly, sweet-smelling soil conditioner.  Compost also holds moisture and nutrients for the garden so flowers and vegetables are more beautiful and abundant. Join Joe and the Master Gardener Compost team for the full story on compost.  Starting Fall Vegetable Garden – Now is the time to plan to have fall salad greens and sweet root crops growing for weeks beyond the first frost. Get tips from Cooks’ Garden Master Gardener Volunteers to help you extend your vegetable season long beyond the heat of summer.
August 8 - What’s that Weed?  Get help for identifying those troublesome weeds in your lawn and garden.  Sniff your way through the Fragrance garden with wise, Ruth Johnston as she shares wisdom and  experiences with plant selection and care in this beautiful garden bed.
September 12 - Fall chores in the garden – Join Master Gardener Volunteers as they prepare for fall and winter in the garden.  Topics for discussion include clean up, plant division, soil preparation.  Fall Cover Crops in the Cooks Garden –  Cover crops protect soil from erosion and enhance soil productivity and health, yielding better vegetables.  Cooks’ Garden Master Gardeners show you how.  MGPW Plant Sale – Add some new plants to your fall garden! Proceeds support the Teaching Garden
October 10 - Living Soil - Healthy soil is a web, retaining and cycling nutrients into the right forms at the right rates, building soil structure, suppressing disease-causing organisms, protecting plants, and decomposing toxic compounds. Learn about the necessary elements of a healthy soil web.  Join the Cooks’ Garden team and learn seed saving tips.
 
Ask a Master Gardener your Gardening Questions
Local garden centers - 10 am to 1 pm
Southern States
Lowe’s - Woodbridge
Lowe’s - Gainesville
Merrifield
Saturdays—April 11, 18, & 25
May 2 & 16
Manassas City Farmers’ Market - 9 am to 1 pm
Saturdays beginning on April 4
Dale City Farmers’ Market - 9 am to 1 pm
Sundays beginning on April 5
Call 703-792-7747 for more information.

Prince William County Fair
August 14 - 22, 2015
10624 Dumfries Road
Manassas, VA 20112
Have your gardening, insect and wildlife questions answered by VCE Prince William Master Gardener Volunteers at the Prince William County Fair.  Check out the Master Gardener booth in the Agri-Culture Barn.
Visit the Prince William 4-H Children’s Barn for hand’s on activities.
 Please click here for the link to the Prince William County Fair Website.
  
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 
Help us go GREEN & save more than just a tree! For FREE lawn landscape and garden email updates register at eservices.pwcgov.org/eservices/eNotifications.
 
 Virginia Cooperative Extension complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability and require accommodations for a workshop, meeting or event; call (703-792-6285/TDD PC 1-800-828-1120) at least five days prior to the event

 

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Virginia Cooperative Extension
Environment and Natural Resources
8033 Ashton Ave. Suite 105
Manassas VA 20109
703-792-6285 - e-mail
Virginia Cooperative Extension complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability and require auxiliary aids services or other accommodations for a workshop or meeting please discuss your accommodation needs at least five days prior to the event with Virginia Cooperative Extension 703-792-6289/TDD PC 1-800-828-1120