Braddock District Environmental Updates

Schedule for the Green Spring Gardens Winter Lecture Series

It may be winter, but opportunities abound on Sundays, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m at this annual series of presentations from those on the cutting edge of horticulture at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria. The cost is $10  and you may register online through Parktakes Online:, or call 703-642-5173 for information and to register.

January 13, Grapes into Wine: Vintner Gabriele Rausse, father of the modern Virginia wine industry and consultant to many Virginia wine producers, will share with you a little of the history of wine production in Virginia beginning with Thomas Jefferson and take you through the wine making process from vine to bottle.

January 20, Don’t Be a Drip: Using water adds immensely to a garden but managing it wisely can be a challenge. Joe Henderson, pond and creek gardener at Chanticleer, discusses the use of water from ponds to tiny water features, including how to handle excess water with rain gardens and thoughtful storm water management.

January 27, Designing Layered Gardens: This lecture shows you how to recreate the majestic display of David Culps beloved Brandywine Cottage. It contains a basic lesson in layering; how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden, and tips on maintainenance. It culminates in a four season garden.

The Mason Sustainability Institute to host Canning Workshop

The George Mason University Sustainability Institute (MSI) provides education and skills development for Mason and the surrounding communities. MSI was created to bring together local businesses, students, community members, governments, non-profit organizations and faculty and staff members to advance sustainability stewardship in the region. 

Below is an evening workshop on canning.  This is the third MSI workshop on the basics of food preservation. It will cover such topics as canning methods, safety precautions, and other food preservation methods. The discussion will also include jar and equipment preparation, including sterilization, heating lids, which pieces of equipment can be reused, and much more!

The workshop will be held on Thursday, January 24 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. MSI will be using the Fairfax County Community and Recreation Services kitchen (room 1032) located on the 10th floor of the Pennino Building at the Government Center (12011 Government Center Parkway) for a complete demonstration. Price is free, just be sure to register at:

Save the DAte: Final Stormwater Ordinance Meeting Scheduled

Monday, January 28 is the final stakeholders meeting, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center.

Fairfax County is preparing a Stormwater Management Ordinance in response to state regulations that require localities to adopt ordinances and take over reviews and inspections from construction sites effective July 1, 2014. A series of meetings with stakeholders is being held to gather information that will be used to develop the ordinance, along with design and construction standards for stormwater control practices. To see the minutes from three previous meetings and to become involved in this process, go to the following link:

Start the New Year Off Right, Recycle Your Christmas Tree and Household Electronics

County residents are asked to start the new year off right by participating in the County’s Christmas tree and electronics recycling programs.

All County residents may recycle their Christmas trees – less than eight feet tall – at the curb with their regular trash and recycling collection service during the first two weeks in January. This is a free service for all County residents regardless of whether homeowners have their trash and recycling collected by Fairfax County or a private service provider. For trees larger than eight feet tall, please contact your collection service provider for details on how to dispose of it.

Residents are reminded to remove lights, decorations, tree toppers, tree stands and remove trees from plastic bags as the trees will be ground into mulch which is made available to County residents at no charge.

After the first two weeks in January, collection companies may charge an additional fee for Christmas tree removal. For additional collection details, contact your refuse and recycling collection company.

Electronics Recycling:

The County’s Electric Sunday e-cycling program will continue in 2013. The first event will take place on Sunday, January 13,  from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the I-66 Transfer Station (4618 West Ox Road, Fairfax). Residents may bring old televisions, computers, printers, speakers and other electronics, along with unbroken fluorescent lights, to be recycled at no charge.

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