Biweekly Update – July 25, 2019
2. Submit a Digital Brag Board for EMG College!
a. Visit https://www.mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/brag-board-submission/ for guidelines and online submission form. Any unit may submit a digital brag board for display!
3. Biennial 2018 EMG Summary– from the Extension Master Gardener National Committee
a. Data collected indicates there are 86,076 EMG volunteers throughout the United States and Washington, D.C, contributing 5.6 million hours educating the public, providing youth programming, and facilitating produce donated to local food banks.
b. While this is only the beginning of the value EMGs provide in their communities each year, 2018 efforts are estimated to have contributed 140 million dollars in value to the general public. Our volunteers reported over 8.6 million contacts and continue to be the front line of Extension’s consumer horticulture efforts. Forty-six states participated in this report.
4. Hampton Roads 11th Annual Go Green Expo – Brittingham Midtown Community Center, Newport News – September 7th, 2019
a. Family activities, lectures, green tech, plant sales and vendors as well as vermiculture, rain barrel and biochar workshops!
b. 10am to 3pm. Free admission. Food available for purchase.
a. Registration will open soon!
6. 2019 ESVMG MG Training Registration Open – October 2- November 13, January 15- February 26 – VA Tech Research Center, Painter, VA
a. The Eastern Shore Master Gardener (ESVMG) Program is accepting applications for the 2019 Master Gardener training class.
b. The classes will be held in Painter beginning October 2nd and continue every Wednesday from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. until November 13th, break for the holidays and then resume January 15-February 26.
d. Fee is $100 for materials and lectures by local experts.
a. The Eastern Shore of Virginia Master Gardeners (ESVMG) announces their second Garden Symposium which will offer lectures on a wide range of gardening topics by accomplished garden speakers.
b. The symposium will be held on Saturday, October 19, at the Cheriton Fire Station, 21334 Bayside Road. The daylong event begins at 8:00 am and includes five lectures, lunch and a lively raffle of local artisan items.
c. Topics include “The Landscape Revolution: Foodscaping with Natives,” “The Landscape Revolution: Perennial Combinations,” “Make Your Garden Your Own” and more.
d. To read more about the upcoming event and download a registration form, go to www.esvmg.com. You can also contact ESVMG through email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration form or call (757) 678-7946, ext. 29
a. A new website, created by Margaret McGrath and the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University, on monitoring occurrence of downy mildew on basil in the US and Canada:
i. It maps occurrences and replaces them into a GoogleDocs spreadsheet since 2009. There is information about BDM at the website that is geared for gardeners. Gardeners have been the primary and most important reporters in helping with monitoring this disease.
b. A handout for gardeners about reporting occurrences of BDM and 2 other important diseases: late blight and cucurbit downy mildew.
11. Newport News MG Training Class– Newport, VA – Apply BY August 1st.
a. The Newport News Master Gardener Association is currently accepting applications for its' 2019 Training Class! Become part of our educational programs and events. No experience necessary! Choose day OR evening classes, beginning in the Fall.
b. Apply BY August 1st. nnmastergardeners.org or call our Help Desk 757-591-4838 with questions.
13. Children’s Activities at the Grin & Grow Learning Garden at Riverview Farm Park– Newport News, VA- 1st and 3rd Mondays, 10 AM, through August 19th
a. Newport News Master Gardener Association will host various children’s activities in the Grin & Grow Learning Garden at Riverview Farm Park, through the summer. Activities will be on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 10 am. The Garden is always open when the Park is open.
26. Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive pest insect– found in Winchester, VA- January 2018
27. eXtension Good and Bad bugs webinar series – Feb 1 – Dec 6, 2019