Spring Garden Sale

Winter did not want to let go in Northern Virginia this year, but it seems spring is finally here. There is a great place to enjoy its beauty at the annual Spring Plant Sale at Monroe Technology Center in Leesburg, Virginia. You will experience beauty in color and fragrance from hundreds of annuals, perennials, aquatic plants, trees, shrubs, herbs, fruits, vegetables and hanging baskets.

Be sure to visit our new “Wellness Center” where you can find many items to help you look and feel healthy with laughter. We are offering;

Aromatic soaps, donated by Tammy Mar, and custom made 3D soap holders by Chris Mar to protect your soap for health and longevity. Chris has also brought back his popular and best selling, Pokémon, bulbasaur holders for our air plants with a few new designs added for joy. We are offering companion essential oils and aromatherapy plants to partner with our soaps and holders.

So, come and enjoy! Students and volunteers will be ready to help you wearing purple T-shirts by Custom Ink. Check out our new Bulletin Board on your way in or out to get to know friends of our community. Looking forward to seeing our return friends and meeting new. Please look for Debi and introduce yourself.

Sale days and times are Wednesday, April 25 from 10-8pm; Thursday, April 26 from 10-6pm; and Friday, April 27 from 10-5pm.

Monroe Technology Center is located at 715 Childrens Center Rd, SW in Leesburg, VA.

Photos by DC Wedding Photographer Emily Clack

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Beatitudes-Matthew 5

girl student reading in library clipart
I, with some others, are going to be studying a book titled, “Forgiveness, the Passionate Journey” by Flora Slosson Wuellner. It is on the Beatitudes.

I have been reading chapter two, “Facing Our Hurt, Naming Our Need” on the first beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:2-3. The author gives us a more accurate translation of this scripture that she found from the root meanings: “Blessed are those who recognize their total need of God.”

In laying the framework for healthy forgiveness, Wuellner tells us that there are four questions we need to honestly ask “within the presence of God’s love: (1) What happened? 2) Who is responsible? (3) How do I feel about what happened? (4)What is my need right now?”

One thing I have gotten out of this chapter so far is that I have to be able to clearly name what happened in order to experience change. That is not easy and I am having to work on it.

The author ends the chapter by leading us in a meditation designed to help us enter and grow in the healing process. Even without Wuellner’s book, one can take on the study of the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5 from The NT. I think it is a good way to start 2018.

Link to Amazon for book if anyone is interested.https://www.amazon.com/Forgiveness-Passionate-Journey-Forgiving-Beatitudes/dp/0835809455/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1515413351&sr=8-2&keywords=flora+slosson+wuellner

Christmas Sale-Poinsettias

Poinsettias are ready and showing their colors for the annual Monroe Technology Center’s Christmas Sale. Wreaths, pine roping and fresh floral arrangements are also available for your decorating needs along with other seasonal plants such as amaryllis and Christmas cactus.Stop in and enjoy complementary cookies and cider made by the Culinary Arts department or purchase some of their fresh pizza rolls. All plant sale profits support student scholarships.

If you are in the Leesburg, Virginia area please visit us. Dates and hours are November 29, 10-7pm; November 30, 10-5pm; and December 1, 10-4pm.

Fall is Near

Change is in the air here in Northern Virginia. The night temps are lowering, some leaves are starting to change colors, summer flowers are fading while fall flowers are getting a kick-start. Hardy winter pansies are beginning their bloom cycle that will take color into the winter and next spring. Fall mums are putting on a show that will last four to six weeks. Ornamental cabbage and kale are frost-proof additions to pots and garden beds as are grasses, asters and cold hardy fall annuals.

If you are in the Leesburg, Virginia area, you will find all these and more at the Monroe Technology Center’s annual Fall Plant Sale. Agriculture department students are eager to help you make selections and proceeds from the sale help support their scholarships.

The dates and hours are Wednesday, Sept 13, 10-6pm; Thursday, September 14, 10-5pm; and Friday, September 15, 10-4pm. You will find us at 715 Childrens Center Rd, SW. Hope to see you there!

A joy of gardening-Canning

Some years certain things seem to produce better in my garden than others. This year the peppers have been bountiful, particularly the hot ones like jalapeno which my husband chose to be planted since he loves them. But he can only eat so many fresh ones, so I suggested we find a recipe for canning them in jars. Since we also had a couple of other hot varieties as well as mild banana peppers, some jars got a mix rather than just jalapeno. Today’s batch was the second one which yielded around 11 pints. We plan on dressing the jars up with personalized labels and maybe some raffia or ribbon around the lids and giving them as Christmas presents. The recipe was a simple one obtained from online that involved pouring equal parts of simmering wine vinegar (I ran out and used apple cider in a few jars) and water over the cut up peppers packed in hot jars with a clove of garlic and ½ tsp of pickling salt or spice. Then they were processed in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. Seemed like a great way to make use of the garden bounty.

Christmas Sale@Monroe

Christmas will soon be here and the Christmas Plant Sale at Monroe Technology Center can inspire you with your beautification and gift giving. The sale features fresh wreaths, roping, greens and swags. There are hundreds of poinsettias in all sizes and colors; seasonal flowering plants; herb and succulent gardens as well as custom floral creations to choose from. Additionally, there are handmade stockings for your cat and dog friends; other hand painted items; and airplants featured in 3D printer containers made by Chris Mar, one of our very own LCHS graduates!
Sale profits go toward student scholarships. So, if you are in the Leesburg, Virginia area please visit us and enjoy complimentary cookies and cider made by the Culinary Arts department. Dates and hours are November 30, 10-7pm; December 1, 10-5pm and December 2, 10-4pm.