Meeting Calendar

The Falls Church Garden Club usually 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 summer break (July and August) and January break. 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 a friend to the meeting!

2018 Happy New Year

Come join us for our first program of the year.

February 5, 2017 Monday 7:30 pm

400 N.Oak Street in Falls Church

Good Bug, Bad Bug

Nikki Norton, Merrifield Plant Specialist

Bugs can be a nuisance when trying to grow a perfect garden, but some will

actually help your garden thrive. Come and learn the difference between which

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



Past programs in 2017

December 4, 7:30 pm

Annual Holiday Potluck. Bring your favorite dishes to share.

November 6, 7:30 pm



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

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

Lecture followed by book sale ($40) and signing 

Thomas has spoken at many larger venues ( and been quoted in publications (Home section of the Post, Better Homes and Gardens). 

renowned landscape architect, Mr. Rainer has designed landscapes for the U. S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the New York Botanical Garden, and many others throughout the eastern United States. He is the co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes, which was selected by the American Horticultural Society as one of the best books of 2016. Praised as a universal how-to guide to sustainable landscaping, the book exposes many of the limitations of “horticultural best practices” and provides practical steps to create more resilient landscapes. For further information,

September  11

 John Hardi, a longtime member, will discuss the care and maintenance of tools.  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.

------Summer Break..July August


June 5  Annual Potluck.

 Bring your favorite dish to share with fellow club members. This is our annual event.  Share your recipes

May 1

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

Title: 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.

A garden blogger at The Garden Diaries, and garden writer for online publications, she is also an accredited master flower judge and former director of National Garden Clubs of Maryland, District III.

Program Synopsis

Learn to compose a beautiful container with star quality for your deck or front porch that incorporates unique accessories and unusual materials to add ‘Pizzazz’. Orchids, succulents, bromeliads, driftwood, air plants, twigs, nests, and shells are some materials that will make your container stand out from the crowd.

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

Tom Hayes, from 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

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 - Danylo Kosovych
Mr. 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. 

A little about Danylo Kosovych:
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  

Kim Young
Ms. 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. Check out our "Area Events" listing of area native plant sales this fall!

November 7

Kathy Jentz
Kathy Jentz is editor and publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine. A life-long gardener and outstanding speaker will focus on "Inspiring Gardens". This will include a photo odyssey through some of the best gardens this continent has to offer. 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.
She is a wonderful speaker and you will not want to miss this.

December 5 

Holiday potluck and door prizes.