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 Friday, March 14: Green Scene

Basic Gardening: Spring Maintenance: Shake the winter blahs and exercise dormant gardening muscles with spring garden maintenance. Learn tips for your lawn and garden, including best practices for selecting plants and starting seedlings. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.


Also on Friday:

“Dissolving” Dance Performance: The world premiere of an artful exploration of the themes of water pollution and conservation, incorporating locally accumulated and collected rainwater into the performance. Choreographed by Christopher K. Morgan in collaboration with Dance Exchange resident artist Matthew Cumbie, the work features an original score by composer Jonathan Kolm. From 8 to 9 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center (also Saturday, March 15). $27/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.


 Saturday, March 15: Go Green

Shamrocks & Snakes: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish stories, music and the legend of why there are no snakes in Ireland. From 2 to 3:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Meet several snakes that live here. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.



Also on Saturday:

Sugar, Sex and Poison – Shocking Plants Caught on Camera: The award-winning director of the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, Bill Cullina, shows how this world of pollen, poisons, pigments, pheromones, sugars and sex translates to sound organic practices that benefit us all. Because plants are the base of life's food chain and they cannot escape capture, we often think of them as helpless. Not so. Learn about the amazing methods that plants employ to attract beneficial insects and repel the unwanted. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $18/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Garden Sprouts – One Potato, Two Potato: Learn how these tasty tubers grow; make potato prints; taste different kinds of potatoes; and plant some in our garden. From 11 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. $6/child (ages 3 to 5). Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun – St. Paddy's Peas and Potatoes: St. Patrick's Day is the traditional day to plant potatoes. Learn the origins of this staple and its importance to Ireland. Listen to tales of leprechauns, sample spuds and plant peas and potatoes in our garden. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Participants must be at least age 5. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Life in the Leaf Litter: Join a naturalist for a hike and explore the forest floor to uncover the diversity of soil organisms and the crucial role that invertebrates play in helping forests stay healthy. From 2 to 4 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Participants must be at least age 8. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Evening Woodcock Walk: Take an evening stroll through the forest to one of the park’s largest meadows. Listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Bring a flashlight. Canceled if rain. Participants must be at least age 18. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-768-2525.

Wear Green Campfire: Meet at Cabell's Mill wearing your best green for Saint Patrick's Day and help find all things wearing green in the meadow. Return to a campfire to toast marshmallows. From 7 to 8 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $6/person (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.


 Sunday, March 16: Green Thumbs Up!

Early Spring Containers: In the cold of winter, spring never seems to come soon enough. Chanticleer Garden's Jonathan Wright will show you how to plant beautiful early spring containers that will thrive and warm up any cold day. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.


Also on Sunday:

Hands-On History: Drop off your children (ages 5 to 11) and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th-century children. Activities include games, penmanship, washing clothes and making a food item such as butter, ice cream, cheese or applesauce. From 1 to 3 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $10/child. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.


  • Information was correct at time of publication.  Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled. 
  • The Fairfax County Weekender highlights a selection of county events taking place each weekend. Many more events and activities can be found at the Parks and Library pages, and elsewhere on the Fairfax County website. Additionally, the towns of Herndon and Vienna as well as the city of Falls Church offer many arts, entertainment and recreational opportunities.  
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