Biweekly Update – May 29, 2020

New Announcements:

1.    Send us your announcements! Have you converted educational programs to an online format? You can still submit those announcements for the biweekly email! Submit an item for the biweekly update here.


2.    Online CE opportunities

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


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

a.    We have been blown away by interest in EMGC 2020 with more than 500 registered so far. Registration is open until June 19—we hope you will join us!

b.    Check out our program here: All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing later.

c.     Learn more & register here:


4.    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:


5.    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:


6.    VT Pesticide programs quarterly newsletter:


New June Announcements:

1.    June 5, 10am – 11 am– Effective Environmental Outreach strategies webinar series from Penn State

a.     More info and register:

2.    June 12, 10 am – 3 pm – Southeastern Plant Symposium at home

a.    Hosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum and Juniper Level Botanic Garden

b.    Register and learn more:

New July Announcements:

1.    July 16, 10 am – State Office Webinar Series Urban Forestry is a Public Service

a.    Join Jamie King, University Arborist at Virginia Tech, as he talks about the whys and hows of urban forestry.

b.    Register in advance:

Other Announcements:

  1. Follow the State Office on social media: Facebook | Instagram | YouTube
  2. Subscribe to In Season, our quarterly newsletter

3.    View our most recent webinar

a.     View a recording of our most recent state office webinar – Mark Sutphin with a spotted lanternfly update:


  1.  Resources for fertilization of lawns and for those involved with Healthy Virginia Lawns programming  
  2. Do you have questions coming in to your Extension Master Gardener program and need to find some answers? Extension Search Resources for EMG Questions
  3. Every Kid in a Park Program
  4. Basil Downy Mildew: Occurrence Monitoring and Info Website for Gardeners
    1. 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.

    1. A handout for gardeners about reporting occurrences of BDM and 2 other important diseases: late blight and cucurbit downy mildew.

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