Meeting Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, the Falls Church Garden Club  meets :

WHEN: the first Monday of every month at 7:30 pm 

WHERE: American Legion Post 130 building at 400 N. Oak Street in Falls Church. Plenty of  parking in the lot and nearby streets.

No meetings during the months of  January,July and August. 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 and garden tips to the meeting!


2019 programs

September 9, 7:30 pm

American Legion Hall


"Conservation at Home with Local Ecotype Natives"

Matt Bright is the Conservation Manager at Earth Sangha, a local environmental non-profit dedicated to the conservation of local-ecotype native plants. Matt manages the day-to-day operations of the Wild Plant Nursery, a collection of over 300 locally native species ranging from ferns to forbs to graminoids to trees, grown primarily for ecological restoration. In this talk Matt will describe how the Earth Sangha operates its exclusively local-ecotype native plant nursery, discuss why provenance and seed sourcing matters, and how gardeners can use ecological restoration principals to design more ecologically effective gardens and wildlife habitat at home.

June 8
Members-only garden tour in the morning.  Meet for  Lunch at the Lodge around noon..Bring your own if you have not pre-purchased. 

July and August will be our summer break.

May 6

Gardening with the Soil Food Web


Beth Suddaby

Beth has been enthusiastically teaching young students about why plants need fungi for some time.  At this meeting, she will be presenting a more sophisticated discussion of the organisms in the soil that promote good soil and plant nutrition.  She will cover mycorrhizal fungi and their relationship to plant root systems.  The concluding section will provide techniques to apply soil food web concepts for all types of gardeners. 


She has spent the last 30 years “Townhouse” or “small space” gardening, mostly in the shade.  She is a graduate of the 2014 Green Spring Master Gardener class, as a “retirement” activity.

Beth is a strong supporter of native plants and planting to support wildlife diversity, in particular birds. 

April 1

Mitigating Climate Change

 Climate change is a current matter of great concern to residents of the world.  According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, scientific evidence for warming of the climate system of the world is unequivocal. In fact, ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that the current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia.

While it is easy to dismiss this evidence as being global in nature, there are small things that all of us can do on a local level. This practicable presentation will go into some of the significant effects that the urban heat island - as well as climate change - has on vegetable gardening practices, plant selection, and landscape management, and what best practices can be adopted by gardeners to help mitigate these effects.


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). 

March 4
Lessons Learned in 5 Extraordinary European Gardens: Details Do Matter
We are living in a time of great energy in garden making. In Europe, homeowners and professionals are using gardens to express ideas about beauty, place, wildness, and sometimes fantasy. In this talk, Carolyn Mullet will take you on a slide tour of 5 exceptional gardens. The focus will be on details that help make each garden noteworthy and ways for you to adapt those ideas for your own garden. The talk will be illustrated with photos taken on Carolyn's garden tours to Europe.

Carolyn Mullet leads garden tours to Europe each spring, summer, and early fall through her company, CarexTours. She is currently writing a book called Private Gardens of Europe that will be published by Timber Press in late 2019. In addition, she is active on social media where she daily showcases gardens from around the world for an international community of over 23,000 on Instagram and 1.4 million on her Facebook page, Garden Design by Carolyn Mullet. Carolyn is also a retired garden designer who practiced in the Washington, DC metro area for over 30 years. She received her formal training in residential landscape design from George Washington University.

February 4
Combining Perennials
In this lecture, Karen Rexrode will break down the various ways that a gardener can create perennial combinations. Using harmonious colors versus contrasting, and working with shapes both in flowers and foliage, these are a few key points that will be illustrated in this presentation. Karen will also highlight something she refers to as "seasonal stacking", where a gardener can include bulbs to extend the season and borrow from surrounding colors to inform plant choices.

Karen Rexrode is an accomplished horticulturist, professional photographer, and estate gardener. Her horticultural career began in 1976 when she worked as a cashier for Kenny Robert’s Garden Center. Taking college classes by night and ringing up customers by day, Karen worked her way up to manage multiple tropical greenhouses, eventually developing an expertise in roses and perennials. With the birth of her daughter, she began her own business – Windy Hill Plant Farm – which she ran for 25 years. Today, Karen manages two estates, and until recently, spent weekends giving lectures and working in the perennials section of Merrifield’s Fair Oaks location. When she’s not in the garden, Karen spends her time working on many other forms of creative expression.