Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Grow Your Health and more...

Here are some quick reminders about upcoming events and deadlines in local gardening:

Grow Your Health Festival in NoVa
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 10:00 to 5:30 the Northern Virginia Whole Food Nutrition Meetup Group will host its third annual Grow Your Health Festival at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia. The event will celebrate home gardening, sourcing organic and local food, and nutrition and wellness. They will show a documentary film; offer class instruction on gardening and nutrition; and host an exhibit hall for gardening services, farmers, food artisans, organic food distributors, and wellness products and services -- see:

Raise awareness of gardening and gardens in the Washington, DC region
To fund our outreach efforts, we are seeking to raise $25,000 in donations through Indiegogo -- please go to by May 1.

Container Gardening Basics and Beyond Talk
   It is being offered twice, so you can attend on either Thursday, April 2, 2-3:30pm OR Saturday, April 4, 10-11:30am
Instructor: Kathy Jentz, editor/publisher, Washington Gardener Magazine. Kathy will cover the basics of growing successful container plantings, from ornamental to edible containers, as well as the different styles and fashions in container gardening.
Fee: $22, FOBG: $20; registration required. Held at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD.
 Register at:

Sharing Seeds
If you are a local nonprofit in the DC-area and would like some seeds to kick off your gardening season, please contact Washington Gardener Magazine at with your seed request by April 3. Put "Seed Request" in the subject line and list in the body of the email what specific seeds you would like to grow. You will need to arrange seed pick-up in early-mid April from our headquarters office in downtown Silver Spring, MD. We have all kinds of seeds -- annual flowers, herbs, and edibles. We will try to fill all the seed requests we can as long as supplies last.

Win a GrowEase Seed Starter Kit in Washington Gardener Magazine March 2015 Reader Contest

To enter to win the GrowEase Seed Start Kit, send an email to by 5:00pm on Sunday, March 29 with “Seed Starter Kit” in the subject line and in the body of the email. Please also include your full name and mailing address. The prize winner will be announced and notified by March 31.

Next issue of Washington Gardener Magazine

Any submissions, event listings, and advertisements for the April 2015 issue are due by April 10.  Please send to with "Submission" in the subject line.

Garden Book Club

For our next Washington Gardener Magazine Book Club selection, we will be discussing: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. The book club meeting will be held at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library in the Medium-sized Conference Room on Wednesday, April 22, from 6:30 to 8:00PM. The book club meetings are FREE and open to anyone who would like to attend.  Please RSVP to "WG Book Club" at

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