Ninety-five trained volunteers representing 32 federated garden clubs in the metropolitan area will serve as plant consultants at 12 Neighborhood Plant Clinics on Saturdays in April and May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The program, now in its third year, is designed to help home gardeners solve plant problems. Visitors to the free clinics are encouraged to bring samples of indoor and outdoor plants for identification and diagnosis.
The Neighborhood Plant Clinics are sponsored as a community service by the National Capital Area Federation of Garden Clubs and the Cooperative Extension Services of Maryland and Virginia.
Amateur gardeners who staff the clinics have received intensive training on plant and pest problems from extension service personnel. Gardeners are invited to visit the clinic in their neighborhood for up-to-date information.
In Fairfax County, the clinics will be at the following locations: Dolley Madison Library, McLean; George Mason Regional Library, Annandale; King's Park Library, Burke; Patrick Henry Library, Vienna; Reston Regional Library, Reston; Richard Byrd Library, Springfield, and Fair City mall, Fairfax.
In Montgomery County, the clinics will be at Davis Library, Bethesda, and White Oak Library, Silver Spring.
In addition, there will be a clinic at Carter Glass Library, Reston, on May 6, 13, and 20; at Springfield Mall, Springfield, on April 1, and a Montgomery Mall, Montgomery County, on April 22 and May 20.