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Plant guidance, live animals, and expert tips on sustainable practices are among the attractions at this year’s Green Expo in Vienna.

The Expo will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. April 18  at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., SE,  in Vienna. 

Town officials say more than 30 local exhibitors will be on hand with information about green landscaping ideas, composting, recycling, energy efficiency, solar power, water conservation, and more.

The popular “Ask Me Anything” sessions are back this year, featuring local experts who will make brief presentations and then take questions from attendees regarding sustainable practices. Speakers include:

• Mala Persaud, owner of Trace, Vienna’s “zero-waste store,” and former Vienna resident

• David Biderman, an expert in the solid waste and recycling industry. They’ll discuss the recycling infrastructure, how to recycle right, and strategies for reducing waste.

• Environmentalist Susan Stillman will share insights about her experience designing, building, and moving into her new solar-powered and highly energy-efficient home, which received its Phius ZERO design certification from the Passive House Institute U.S. (Phius).

• Virginia Certified Horticulturist Barbara Ryan, owner of Chain Bridge Natives, will explain ways for residents to convert their yard to native plantings and sustainable practices.

New this year is an outdoor exhibit of ewes and lambs sponsored by Lamb Mowers. Family favorites returning this year will be wildlife experts from the nonprofit volunteer group Secret Garden Birds & Bees will show live birds of prey, such as owls and hawks. Children’s activities will also keep the kids entertained while adults get money-saving tips on green practices, and everyone is eligible for a chance to walk away with a giveaway, including a home energy audit worth $595.

The Green Expo is sponsored by the Town of Vienna Conservation and Sustainability Commission. For more information, visit