Biweekly Update – April 10th, 2020

New Announcements:


1.    College 2020 goes online – June 25-28, 2020

a.     Master Gardener College this year will be held online rather than in person in Blacksburg. Please continue to hold the same dates, June 25 – 28.

b.    We are working on the logistics of Virtual Master Gardener College now and hope to have more information and registration details out soon. Please expect an email in the coming week.


2.    State Office Webinar Series – April 16, 2020

a.     April 16 | 10 am – Interpreting Soil Test Results with Scott Baker

b.    Join us for a practical how-to for reading and interpreting soil test results. Learn how to use those lab results to give recommendations to homeowners – and be able to amend your own lawn or garden too!

c.     Register in advance:


3.    Submit a digital brag board for College 2020 – Deadline: June 1, 2020

a.     Submit a digital brag board to show off your unit’s activity! Brag boards will be displayed digitally during College 2020. For guidelines and to submit your brag board:

b. Use this link to upload your brag board (requires you be signed into a Google account) OR email your brag board to Devon at


4.    Facebook Live “Get Gardening” Series – Thursdays through the spring

a.     Join us Thursdays through this spring and early summer as we invite VCE professionals to join us via Facebook live for short sessions on beginning gardening!

b.    You can watch live or check our page later to view the recorded & saved video!

c.     Facebook event here: UPDATE: Chris Mullins’s “Beginning Gardening” event has been RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY APRIL 13 AT 2 PM – PLEASE JOIN US ON FACEBOOK!


5.    Online CE opportunities

a.     Online Resources for MGs We have put together a list of online CE opportunities volunteers can take advantage of while at home:

2021 Announcements:

1.    Virginia is hosting International Master Gardener Conference 2021 – Norfolk, VA – September 12-17, 2021

a.     Have you heard? Virginia is hosting IMGC 2021! IMGC is an opportunity to come together with other EMGs from across the nation for a week of tours, workshops, and speakers. Check out our keynote speakers and start planning your trip to Norfolk now:

b.    Keep an eye out this fall for IMGC registration!


2.    IMGC 2021 Call for proposals – Norfolk, VA – September 12-17, 2021

a.     IMGC 2021 is soliciting speakers for concurrent sessions and workshops. If your unit has had a great guest speaker who might be interested in this opportunity, please forward them this info! If you or someone you know is interested, please fill out our application form here:

b.    Deadline for proposal submission is Friday, May 1, 2020

c.     Learn more:

Other Announcements:

1.    Follow the State Office on social media:

                                              i.     Facebook

                                             ii.     Instagram

                                           iii.     YouTube

2.    NC State Online Learning opportunities

a.     NC State is preparing to launch a 2020 Online Learning Program! Discounts available for Master Gardeners and Agents – please email Devon at for information on discount eligibility.


3.    View our most recent webinar

a.     View a recording of our most recent state office webinar – Pam Bennet on gardening with smartphone apps:

b.    For a full archive of state office webinars, see:


4.    Home Gardening Mini- Course Lecture Series – Newport News, VA

a.     The Newport News Master Gardener Association announces our new Lecture Series, Home Gardening Mini-Course, a series of eight, free, monthly lectures covering a wide variety of horticultural topics.

b.    The Mini-Course is FREE and will be held at the Virginia Living Museum.

c.     Located at:

Virginia Living Museum,

524 Clyde Morris Blvd,

Newport News, VA 23601

d.    Pre-registration is required:

by calling the NN VCE office at: 757-591-4838.

e.     Lecture Schedule (Tentative):

                                              i.     5/28/20 Flowers We Love – MG Favorites

                                             ii.     6/18/20 Backyard Actions for a Cleaner Bay

                                           iii.     7/23/20 Tree and Shrub Pruning, A Hands-on Workshop in Riverview Farm Park

                                           iv.     8/27/20 Native Selections – Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials


5.     Resources for fertilization of lawns and for those involved with Healthy Virginia Lawns programming  

6.    Do you have questions coming in to your Extension Master Gardener program and need to find some answers? Extension Search Resources for EMG Questions

7.    Registration now open for online Plant Identification Classes by Longwood Gardens and NC State – Click Here

8.    Visit the VCE Lawn and Garden Calendar!

9.    Every Kid in a Park Program

10. Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive pest insect– found in Winchester, VA- January 2018

a.     For information regarding the quarantine please see attached link

11. 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.


12. Basil Downy Mildew: Occurrence Monitoring and Info Website for Gardeners

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.

13. New VCE Master Gardener Photo Submission!

a.     Here at the Extension Master Gardener State Office, we want to showcase YOU

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