Biweekly Update – February 16, 2022

New Announcements:

1.    Save the date: Virginia Tech’s Annual Giving Day will be February 23-24, 2022 noon to noon

2.    Restoring our Urban Forests, One Yard at a Time – February 19, 2022 – Presented by: VCE Green Spring Master Gardeners Registration 703-642-5173 or online at Understand the issue of tree canopy decline throughout the region, and learn steps you can apply in your community and in your own yard to reverse this disturbing trend.

3.    TREES – Advanced Training Seminar – March 2, 2022, Zoom – TREES – Advanced Training Seminar, March 2, 2022, 10:00am-1:45pm, via Zoom Sherry Kern, Virginia Beach Master Gardener Volunteer – The Essence of Tree Chatter: How Trees Communicate with Each Other and the Role Played by Fungi David Close, Consumer Horticulture and Master Gardener Specialist, VA Tech – Are Trees Really the Answer? Joey Shelton, Riparian Stewardship Coordinator, James River Association – James River Buffer Program, Guide to Riparian Buffers This seminar is open to all VA EMG volunteers More information and registration form at this link:

4.    Piedmont Master Gardeners Announce Spring Lecture Series – March 3, 10, 24 and 31, Zoom – The Piedmont Master Gardeners have lined up a slate of leading experts on sustainable landscaping, indigenous gardening wisdom, and small fruit production for their 2022 Spring Lecture Series, to be presented online from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on four Thursdays in March. Admission for each lecture is $10. Registration to receive links to the Zoom sessions will be available beginning mid-February at The schedule includes:

a.    March 3 – C. Colston Burrell, “Beauty, Integrity and Resilience: Can A Garden Have Everything?”

b.    March 10 – Renée Gokey and Christine Price-Abelow, “The Three Sisters: Indigenous Origins and Best Growing Practices.”

c.     March 24 – Jayesh Samtani, “Home Garden Berries: Selection, Cultivation and Growing Alongside Ornamental Plants.”

d.    March 31 – Designing with Native Plants (Details TBA)

5.    Landowners’ Woods & Wildlife Conference February 19, 2022 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wytheville Meeting  Center, Wytheville More info

6.    Gardening in the Valley Symposium – March 12, 2022, Shenandoah University, Winchester The NSVMGA will hold it’s Gardening in the Valley Symposium on March 12th at Shenandoah University. This event is approved for 8 hours of education hours for Master Gardeners. Please review the flyer for more information.

7.    10th Annual Spring Symposium – Made for the Shade – 4/2/2022 Gari Melchers Home & Studio, Fredericksburg, VA If you have problems landscaping in the shade, including lawns, this is the one day symposium for you. Come hear Bryce Lane, Jenny Rose Carey, and Geoff Rinehart talk about being successful gardeners in the shade. The fee for this all day symposium covers four presentations, free parking, light breakfast, and buffet lunch. For more information visit

8.    Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate Program – Every Saturday, March 5 – May 21, 9AM – 3PM – In-Person Program, Randolph Farm

a.    To help meet the growing demand for academically trained urban agriculture professionals, Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture is offering its fourth Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate Program this spring. Designed for anyone charged with starting or managing an urban farm or who wants to increase their marketability to do so, the course provides a curriculum rich in the science-based knowledge needed to successfully and safely grow produce in an urban environment. Courses include: sustainable soil management, plant propagation and nursery management, permaculture, plant disease and pest management, greenhouse production (hydroponics and aquaponics), animal husbandry (backyard chickens and rabbits), urban farming business planning and management, and many more. Learn more and register now

9.    VMGA Membership Drive Current Students, Interns and Master Gardeners – Gathering in Central Virginia: 670 River Ridge Road  Dillwyn, Virginia 23936

a.    You are invited to gather with the Virginia Master Gardener Association Board of Directors and Members in Central Virginia.  We welcome you to be a part of our 2022 Membership Drive.  Thank you in advance for the gift of your time. Learn more here

10. Wildlife Corridors: How Native Trees and Plants can Restore BiodiversityMarch 7, 2022, Zoom / Join the talk at

a.    On March 7th, the Virginia Beach Master Gardeners are offering a one-hour presentation on Wildlife Corridors: How Native Trees and Plants Can Restore Hampton Roads Biodiversity.  This presentation is free and open to the public. This presentation discusses the growing biodiversity loss due to development, parcel fragmentation, and invasive species. A viable solution is to introduce habitat to developed areas and private lands. This talk will demonstrate different ways to accomplish this goal. Our presenter is Kendall Topping, Community Forestry Specialist at the Virginia Department of Forestry This Gardening Talk will be provided via Zoom beginning at 7PM. All the Gardening Talks are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Go to and click on the Zoom link!  Check out the additional upcoming Garden Talks for 2022!

11. Unit Infographics – If you would like an infographic showing your local unit’s 2021 statistics, please email Devon Infographic template available here. Note: We have not pre-made infographics for each unit this year and will instead be working with you to develop them on request.

Old February Announcements:

12. Home Gardener Day, February 21, 9am-4pm: The Norfolk Botanical Garden has taken over the Home Gardener Day program that was put on by the Virginia Horticultural Foundation. Click here to view flyer

13. CE Opportunity: “Forest Farming In Focus” is a series of 5 winter webinars that are designed to be a deeper dive into forest farming species, topics and practices.

Old March Announcements:

14. Patrick County EMGs Master Your Garden symposium, March 12, 2022, at the Patrick & Henry Community College in Stuart, Virginia, 212 Wood Brothers Drive. Inquiries may be sent to

15. Grow the Good Life (Zoom) March 5 and March 12 – Bedford Master Gardeners explore gardening over two weekends: March 5 “The impact of climate change on our environment has been a topic of much interest globally but what effect does it have locally?” and March 12 “How you can have a beautiful garden even when you no longer have the energy or time to invest & the usefulness of weeds” Click here for the flyer

16. Shenandoah Valley Plant Symposium, March 18. 2022, Best Western Inn & Conference Center Waynesboro Virginia: Waynesboro Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the return of the Shenandoah Valley Plant Symposium. This in-person only event will take place on Friday, March 18, 2022 at the Best Western Inn & Conference Center. Special COVID considerations have been made to ensure the health and well-being of participants. Complete details can be found on the Parks and Recreation website

Old Announcements

17. Call for proposals IMGC 2021 – Overland Park, Kansas June 18-22, 2023 – Overland Park, Kansas June 18-22, 2023 From the conference organizers: “We are excited to open the call for proposals for breakout session and workshop speakers. Breakout or concurrent sessions are 60 minutes in length. Workshop sessions can be 90 minutes to 2 hours in length and should be more interactive with participants. We are looking for a diverse lineup of topics and speakers. Please consider presenting at the conference and sharing this link with your colleagues. Proposals will be accepted through February 25, 2022. We are using Qualtrics for the submissions.”

18. Updated indicia statement:

Virginia Cooperative Extension is a partnership of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments. Its programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, military status, or any other basis protected by law.


As always, remember to use the indicia statement on all material you distribute to the public. For promotional material for events, you also need the ADA statement, available here.

19. Extension Resources website down until further notice: The new publication website is being permanently retired and a transition to the old system is underway. To find publications in the meantime, search or



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