Biweekly Update – March 7, 2023

New Announcements

  1.   “BMPs in Turfgrass” Trainings
    • Dr. Mike Goatley, Extension Turfgrass Specialist, has recorded and posted best management practices in turfgrass training material divided into two sections (Part 1 and Part 2) on the Virginia Tech Turfgrass web site:
    • To access these trainings, go to the Turf webpage ( Click on the Menu drop down and then expand the Extension Tab. Select the “VCE Master Gardener Volunteer Training” tab to access the recordings and accompanying handouts. You can also go to the MG page directly: 
    • Many more updates etc. are planned in the coming weeks and months. You can bookmark the VT Turf website and check back periodically for these improvements!

2.             EMG Webinar Series 2023

    • The EMG monthly webinar series has returned! We look forward to bringing you a wide range of new and interesting topics. All webinars will be recorded and posted to our website. Please register for each webinar you plan to attend.
    • Friday, March 24 at 1pm

                                                         .Composting – More information coming soon!

    • Friday, May 12 at 1pm 

3.             17th Annual Spring Garden Fest – April 29, 2023 – Reynolds Community College, 1851 Dickinson Road, Goochland, VA

    • The Goochland – Powhatan Master Gardeners Association will hold its 17th annual Spring Garden Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Reynolds Community College, 1851 Dickinson Road, Goochland. This annual event, held in cooperation with RCC and the Virginia Cooperative Extension is a FREE, family friendly event that is a celebration of all things related to gardening. Spring Garden Fest 2023 will include the much loved GPMGA Plant Sale, with plants suited to Central Virginia gardens at great prices, an Ask the Master Gardener station for free gardening help, and lots of fun gardening related vendor booths.
    • For a small registration fee you can also increase your gardening knowledge through classes, workshops, and tours offered throughout the day. Examples of class topics include propagating native plants, landscape design for small gardens, vegetable gardening, native shrubs for wildlife, and exploring butterflies. If you like to learn by doing then you can take advantage of hands-on workshops including building a mosaic decorated pot, cultivating a mushroom log, or creating your own floral tiara. Finally, if you prefer observing while learning you can join tours of the college’s gardens focused on topics such as herb garden design, rain garden design, and how a landscape design matures over time.
    • Online registration for these educational opportunities is available at or contact the Goochland Cooperative Extension office at 804-556-5841. Sign-up now as classes can fill up quickly.

4.             Plants for Pollinators – April 3, 2023 – Virtual

    • Join us on Monday, April 3, 2023, at 7 pm via ZOOM for a Gardening Talks presentation on: Plants for Pollinators: Presenter – Ruth Burch, VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardener – Want to attract more butterflies and beneficial insects to your garden? Join Ruth as she discusses both native and non-native plants that will bloom through three seasons, providing a food source for pollinating insects during their active periods as well as filling your garden with flowers! Gardening Talks is presented via Zoom and is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. No registration is required. Gardening Talks are one hour. Go to and click on the Zoom link! Check out upcoming Gardening Talks for 2023 as you explore our website!


Old March Announcements

5.             Gardening in the Valley Symposium – March 11, 2023 – Shenandoah University, Winchester

    • Save the date for the Gardening in the Valley Symposium. The symposium will be held at Shenandoah University, Henkel Hall. Check our website for more information. Topics this year include, The Ecology of the Garden, The Journey from the Vineyard to the Tasting Room, Intentional Garden Design, The Best Flowers for the Best Life and Fungi of Appalachia and Home-Grown Mushrooms. Cost will be $65 per person and proceeds go to our NSVMGA Memorial Scholarship Fund. 


6.             PCMG Spring Symposium – March 11, 2023 – Patrick County Community Center

    • PBS naturalist Patrick McMillan will deliver two presentations — Underutilized Native Plants and Gardening for the Senses — at the Patrick County Master Gardeners’ Spring Symposium on March 11 at the Patrick County Community Center, just off Route 58 in Stuart, VA. Admission is $10, including mid-morning refreshments. Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 and running through noon. Early registration is recommended in light of the popularity of the speaker and the limited capacity of the auditorium. Pre-registration forms will be available at various venues in Stuart,  as well as on the PCMG Facebook page or by contacting PCMG volunteer Glenda Cobbler at 932 Palmetto School Road, Stuart, VA 24171.

7.             Grow the Good Life 2023 – March 11, 2023 – Moneta, VA and Zoom

    • The Bedford Area Master Gardeners Association offers its annual Grow The Good Life. Three presentations provide instruction and advice on how to get more out of your garden space without increasing the size of your garden. Grow the Good Life 2023 will take place on March 11, by Zoom and in person, from 9am – 3pm. The in person location is Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 13586 Old Moneta Road, Moneta, VA. Attendance fee: $25 for Zoom attendance $35 for in person attendance (includes lunch). Register in advance with the Sign Up form found on the website: 

8.             26th Annual York/Poquoson Horticultural Extravaganza – March 11, 2023 – Tabb High School, 4431 Big Bethel Rd., Yorktown, VA

    • Are you eager for more signs of spring? Want to learn how to use more sustainable or “smart” practices in your garden? Want to meet, interact, and network with your fellow gardeners? Then you should plan to attend the 26th Annual Horticultural Extravaganza. Garden enthusiasts will learn from experts how to use research-based knowledge to cultivate beautiful gardens that will benefit themselves and wildlife. Whether you’re interested in growing a vegetable garden, flowers for pollinators, or pots on your patio, we can help you make the most of your garden space. Our speakers include:
    • Mark Viette: Celebrated gardener, author, and host of Down Home Virginia
    • Dr. Cynthia Wood: Columnist and Master Naturalist
    • Kate Dooley: Owner of Kate’s Next Door Market, an urban farm
    • Becky Heath: Owner of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs
    • Early Registration until March 2nd is $25.00. Beginning March 3rd, cost is $30.00. Online Registration closes March 8th. Register online at

9.             Best of the Best Vegetables for 2023 – March 17, 2023 – South Boston Halifax County Museum 1540 Wilborn Ave. South Boston, VA 24592

    • Bill McCaleb, Program Assistant, ANR will give an overview of the best vegetable varieties for disease and pest resistance as identified by several Universities research. This is based on disease and/or insect resistance. We all look for the best taste, texture, and ease of care and the best for our growing zone. We’ll concentrate on those for USDA zones 7a & 7b. To register for this program, please call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147 ext 0 or email to leaving your name and email address or telephone number by March 14, 2023.

10.          Piedmont Master Gardeners Announce Spring Lecture Series – March  9, 16 and 30, 2023 – Online

    • “Gardening for a Healthy Planet” will be the theme of the Piedmont Master Gardeners’ 2023 Spring Lecture Series, to be presented online from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on four Thursdays in March.  Admission is $10 for each lecture. To register for the webinars, visit The schedule includes: 
    • March 9—Bob Schamerhorn, Attracting Birds and Other Wildlife to Your Garden with Easy-to-Create Water Features. Bob Schamerhorn’s multimedia presentation will demonstrate water’s powerful attraction to birds and other wildlife in every season and will suggest ways to enhance our enjoyment of nature by bringing water into our backyards. Based in Richmond, Schamerhorn is an award-winning nature photographer and a lifelong bird and nature enthusiast. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions and publications, including Virginia Wildlife and Audubon, the National Audubon Society’s magazine. 
    • March 16—Kim Eierman, Designing a Pollinator Victory Garden for a Changing Climate. Kim Eierman, an ecological landscape designer specializing in native plants, will cover the dramatic decline of pollinators due to factors that include climate change and will offer simple strategies gardeners can use to support bees and an array of other pollinator species. Based in Westchester County, New York, Eierman is author of The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening. She teaches at the New York Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, among other places. 
    • March 30—Elisa Meara and Alex Thompson, Attractive, Functional, Sustainable Solutions to Managing Stormwater Runoff in the Home Yard and Garden. Landscape designers Elisa Meara and Alex Thompson will show how smart planting and attractive rain gardens can reduce stormwater runoff and filter pollutants that threaten rivers and streams feeding the Chesapeake Bay. A graduate of London’s Inchbald School of Design, Meara hails from the Dominican Republic and is owner of the Native Plant Landscape Design Corp. in Falls Church. Thompson grew up in the English countryside and holds a master’s degree in landscape design from The George Washington University. She strives to create “outdoor rooms that people and nature can love.”

11.          In Your Own Backyard: 2023 Gardening in the Northern Neck seminar – Saturday, March 25, 2023 – White Stone, VA

    • The Northern Neck Master Gardeners (NNMG) have announced the date and theme for the 2023 Gardening in the Northern Neck seminar (GNN). The theme of the 2023 seminar is “In Your Own Backyard.” Gardening in the Northern Neck will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the White Stone Church of the Nazarene, 57 Whisk Drive in White Stone. This will be the 29th Gardening in the Northern Neck Seminar. Speakers will be Heather Holm, a biologist, pollinator conservationist, and award-winning author; Barbara Pleasant, an avid gardener and award winning author; and Edward Olsen, Virginia Cooperative Extension Horticulture agent for Henrico County. The fee for the seminar is $50. Lunches will be available for an additional fee. Additional information is available at Registration forms will be available on February 1, 2023, at

12.           EMG Microgrant Program 2023: Environmental Stewardship 

    • The 2023 EMG microgrants will go to support local Extension Master Gardener (EMG) groups in their efforts to promote environmental stewardship in their local communities. This could include efforts to improve or protect water quality, pollinator gardens/gardening for wildlife, native plants education, gardening for climate change, biodiversity projects, cover crops, and more. All proposals should show strong dedication to the EMG mission of sharing knowledge and empowering communities.
    • Applicants may request up to $1,000 to support EMG projects focused on environmental stewardship. Submissions will be accepted February 27 through March 26. Applications will be accepted through Google Forms this year, not through email.
    • Learn more and view application requirements here:  
    • Please note these grants are only available to EMG groups, not to outside partners. If working with an outside organization as part of the project, the EMG group has to be the one to apply for the grant and handle the funds through their local VCE office.


Old April Announcements

13.          MGACRA Spring Symposium “Flower Power: From Roots to Blooms” – April 1, 2023 — Gari Melchers Home & Studio, 224 Washington St., Falmouth, Virginia, 22405. 

    • The Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area invite you to join us for our 11th Annual Spring Symposium “Flower Power – From Roots to Blooms” . Spend the day with us learning how to grow beautiful flowers in your garden. We have three guest speakers: back by popular demand – Bryce Lane presenting two sessions “Understanding Garden Soils” and “Accenting Your Landscape With Color”, Stacy Chapman “Westwind Flowers – From our Field to Your Vase”, and Nancy Berlin “Container Gardening With Northern Virginia Natives.” All attendees will be able to explore the gardens at the Belmont Estate, spend time in their outstanding museum gift store, and visit with fellow Master Gardeners. Tickets are $80.00 which includes a full day of thought-provoking lectures focusing on purposeful gardening and includes morning coffee/tea & light breakfast, a delicious buffet lunch, and afternoon cookies. Registration is now open. You can register online at 


Old June Announcements

14.          Extension Master Gardener Program Save the Date! Join us for Master Gardener College this year from June 8 – 11th in Blacksburg. More information and a full program will be shared soon! Tree Steward training will take place during College this year, beginning on June 7th. 


15.          International Master Gardener Conference 2023 – June 18-22, 2023

    • Registration is open for the 2023 International Master Gardener Conference in Kansas this June. Registration includes 5 keynote speaker presentations, 8 rounds of concurrent sessions, a trade show and 6 meals. If you enjoyed our 2021 virtual conference in Virginia, you’re sure to love the opportunities that are available during this in person conference! Learn more at


Old Announcements

16.          Disease Alert: Vascular streak dieback on trees and woody ornamentals 


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