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VCE Plant Clinics Open for the Spring Season

Plant clinics staffed by the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners are opening this week and will remain open through the fall season. One plant clinic, which opens today from 6:45 – 8:45 p.m., is located at the Arlington Central Library at 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington and is open every Thursday through November.

Another plant clinic opens this Saturday, April 18, at 8 a.m. at the Arlington Farmers Market at 14th Street and North Courthouse Road and will be open every Saturday from 8 – 11 a.m. through Saturday. A special plant clinic will be held in conjunction with the Carlyle House Annual Garden Day Herb Sale this Saturday, April 18, at Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. The clinic will run from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Two other Virginia Cooperative Extension plant clinics in Alexandria will open on Saturday, May 2. The Del Ray Farmers Market Plant Clinic at East Oxford and Mt. Vernon Avenues will be open from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. every Saturday through September. The Old Town Alexandria Farmers Market Plant Clinic at 301 King Street will be open from 7 – 9:30 a.m. every Saturday through September.

Volunteers staffing the clinics can answer general gardening questions as well as questions about plant pests and diseases. They can also identify plants and provide soil test kits on request.