Meeting Calendar

The Falls Church Garden Club  meets the first Monday of every month at 7:30 pm at American Legion Post 130 building at 400 N. Oak Street in Falls Church. Plenty of  parking in the lot and nearby street.

The club does not hold meetings during the months of  July and August and January.  We have a potluck in June and Holiday Annual in December.  Check here for any changes if the first Monday falls on a holiday.

Meetings feature a short discussion of club business, a scheduled speaker, delicious home-made refreshments, door prizes, and time to mingle and exchange garden tips. We welcome volunteers to help with miscellaneous tasks. Bring friends to the meeting!


December 3, 2018

Holiday Potluck.

Bring your favorite dishes to share with other club members and bring along your loved ones to celebrate the end of the year. 

November 5, 2018


**Talk was cancelled but Kirsten's presentation slides are attached. See bottom of the page.


Mitigating Climate Change

Kirsten Ann Conrad

Agriculture Natural Resource Extension Agent

Virginia Cooperative Extension

3308 S. Stafford St. 

Arlington, VA 22206


Kirsten Conrad joined Arlington’s office of Virginia Cooperative Extension in September 2007. Born and raised in Oxford Ohio, she holds degrees from Auburn University in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design (BS’80), and from Indiana University in Outdoor Recreation Management (MS’94).   


October 1, 2018, 7:30 pm

The Humane Garden: Cultivating
Compassion for All Creatures 
presented by Nancy Lawson.

September 10, 2018, 7:30 pm

American Legion Hall

The Nuts and Bolts of Tree Selection and Planting

Kate Reich

Falls Church City Arborist



Past Programs

May 7, 2018 , 7:30 pm

Covering Ground: Selecting Groundcovers to Minimize Weeding and Mulching

“We’ll look at choosing groundcovers that work well in Northern Virginia landscapes. How to recognize the difference between a weed and a wildflower? What can you plant to minimize weeding and mulching in the vegetable patch? Mary shares her inspiration and know-how; and offers selections for year-round beauty and a low-maintenance garden.”  Members are welcome to bring to the meeting freshly-dug plants for identification as friend or foe.


Mary Van Dyke was brought up in Greece and the UK, and her childhood memories include days spent climbing trees, picking herbs and flowers, and playing outdoors. Mary has lived in the Falls Church and Arlington area for 20 years or so, and she founded Green STEM Learning to provide garden-based education and promote environmental literacy. Mary shares her love of culture, cuisine, communication and creativity in her programs.

April 2, 2018 

Testing the Limits: Adventures in Zone-Pushing

John Boggan, Columnist/Blogger, 

"You don't have to live in the tropics to garden with bold, exotic, and unusual plants. Many of the garden plants you might expect to see in southern zones love our long, hot, and humid mid-Atlantic summers and some of them are hardier than you think!"

A botanist, garden blogger, and plant breeder, John has a degree in Systematic Botany from Cornell University and has worked as a botanist for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History since 1991. John gardens in Washington, DC with an interest in new and unusual plants and writes a blog called "DC Tropics". He has been an amateur plant breeder for over 30 years and is developing hardy begonia hybrids.

 March 5, 2018 

Getting Excited about Shade

Marianne Willburn

Author, Big Dreams, Small Garden



February 5, 2018 

Good Bug, Bad Bug

Nikki Norton, Merrifield Plant Specialist

Come and learn the difference between which

bugs can help or hurt your plants and what you can do to control them.




November 6

Making Holiday Floral Arrangements.

Melissa Bustamante, a professional florist will speak about combining purchased flowers and gathered greenery and other times from our gardens to make original arrangements for the holidays.

October 2

The Layered Garden: Combining Plants for More Beauty, Resilience, and Less Maintenance

Thomas Rainer

Thomas has spoken at many larger venues ( and been quoted in publications (Home section of the Post, Better Homes and Gardens). Lecture followed by book sale ($40) and signing 

September 11

The Care and Maintenance of Tools

John Hardi, a longtime Falls Church Garden Club member, will share his tips on garden tool maintenance .  Members are encouraged to bring their own unusual tools to explain their uses.  That meeting will also feature the annual plant exchange, so members are encouraged to be potting up some of their unusual or interesting plants to share.

May 1

Issues Facing the Chesapeake Bay

Lani Furbank, a Clean Water Captain with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, spoke about the problems facing the Bay, the health of the waterway today, and what it will take to improve it for future generations. She also discussed a new program by the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts that sponsors the installation of bay-friendly gardening and landscaping projects for homeowners and organizations across the states

April 3

Adding Pizzazz to Your Seasonal Containers

Award-winning designer, Claire has been speaker and demonstrator at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle, and the Philadelphia Flower Show numerous times.

Seasonal containers will be highlighted, where you start with a basic framework of plants, and with a little tweaking can freshen it with new elements that will keep it updated throughout the entire year. Large pollinator attracting outdoor containers to smaller indoor tabletop arrangements will be highlighted with simple maintenance instructions, design tips, and ideas for unusual pots, for year round color in and around your garden.

March 6

Edible Landscapes

Tom Hayes, owner of landscaping business- Edible Landscapes:

In this talk, Tom will touch upon his general approach to vegetable gardening throughout the landscape:  succession planting, destructive harvests, almost always using transplants, mulching immediately after setting out your transplants, and how it all works together.  He will also touch on why herbs are awesome plants that can and should be planted as close to your path from the car to the house.

February 6

Special Meeting location- George Mason High School (GMHS) on Monday, 7:30 pm. GMHS is located at 7124 Leesburg Pike , Falls Church , VA, 22043.

The program for that evening will be Hydroponic and Aquaculture Gardening at George Mason High School. The evening will involve lecture, discussion, and tours of the gardening systems. During Spring 2016, George Mason High School students under Dr. Mecca's supervision started growing lettuce hydroponically -- in water instead of soil. They also created a self-filtering aquaculture system to raise tilapia. Their goal is to serve fresh greens and fish in the school's cafeteria. Come to George Mason HS to hear from students, science teacher Peter Mecca and special education teacher Jamie Lahy talk about the two programs and to tour the systems in Operation.


Past events in 2016

February 1  

Herb Gardening
Speaker: Sue Clark, Green Spring Master Gardener
Why Grow Herbs?; Choosing a Site; Planting Guidelines; Popular Herbs for Virginia; Using Herbs in your Landscape; Herb Gardens for Bees, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds; Growing Herbs Indoors; Harvesting Herbs; Summer Care; and Winter Protection.

March 7

Rain Barrel Gardening
Speaker: Lily Whitesell, Watershed Specialist, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

April 4

Regionally Adapted Plants
Speaker: Kathy Jentz, Editor/Publisher of Washington Garden Magazine

Plants that have proven themselves in the Mid-Atlantic. Low-maintenance gardening is the goal of many of us in our busy lives and the key is planting the right plants got our local climate. We’ll talk about some native plants, of course, but mostly we’ll explore the tried-and-true plants that can take clay soil, deer, and/or periods of rought. Season-by-season, we’ll share our favorite plants that excel in our local gardens.

May 2

Speaker: Sandy Tarpinian, Green Spring Master Gardener 

May 7, 8:00 AM - Noon: Annual Plant Sale!
Location: Falls Church Community Center Gym
June 11, 10 AM: Club tour of Meadowlark Gardens in lieu of our normal potluck dinner Members notify Vicky Schoenberger of your interest in attending; bring a picnic lunch!

September 12

Organic Gardening

Danylo Kosovych will talk about edible landscaping, organic gardening and organic lawn care. He will explain the science of organic soil fertility and provide proven techniques of organic gardening, organic lawn care, edible landscaping and rain water collection. He will also explain the ecological benefits of organic lawn care and edible landscaping. 

He has a Master’s degree in Anthropology from GMU. He wrote his thesis on westerner participation in Amazonian plant based medicine. He received his Permaculture Design Certification from Wayne Weisman. He is an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional by the Northeastern Organic Farming Association. Mr. Kosovych began Organic Edible Gardens in 2010 with the goal of creating edible and ecological landscapes that sustain and regenerate local ecosystems while providing material and aesthetic benefits to people. 

October 3  

Native Plants
Ms. Kim Young is from Hidden Oaks Nature Center. She is a naturalist at Hidden Oaks and a graduate of the Master Gardener and National Wildlife Habitat Steward programs with a love for native plant gardening! She will present how one can go about transforming an average suburban yard to all native plants that are wonderful for a variety of wildlife habitats. 

November 7

Inspiring Gardens
Kathy Jentz is editor and publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine. We'll look at stunning landscapes from coast-to-coast -- Pasadena, CA to Princeton, NJ -- and from north to south from Quebec, Canada to Atlanta, GA. The gardens in this presentation are mainly private estates that the public rarely, if ever, gets to access. You will visually go behind the garden-gate to see how the 1% gardens. The presentation will inspire you to implement some of the lower-cost ideas immediately and to dream about ways to spend those future lottery winnings.

Falls Church Garden Club,
Nov 7, 2018, 3:27 PM