Biweekly Update – February 15

New Announcements – State Office:

  1. EMG Webinar Series 2024: All webinars will be recorded and posted to our website ( Please register for each webinar:
    1. February 16, 11:00 am | Gravel Bed Planting – Barb Bailey, Loudoun Extension Master Gardener Coordinator: Loudoun Extension Master Gardeners maintain a gravel bed planting project where they raise trees that will be planted at Tree Steward sites. Gravel beds are irrigated bed or pile of gravel where woody plants are planted for several months to increase fibrous root systems. Register now
    2. March 18, 11:00 am | Piedmont EMGs and Habitat for Humanity Partnership – Ralph Morini and Rozanne Oliver, Piedmont Extension Master Gardener: Piedmont EMGs have successfully worked with their local Habitat for Humanity to ensure that new homeowners have the skills and materials they need to succeed with their new landscapes. Learn about their program and partnership. Register now
  2. Submit a digital brag board for College 2024! Showcase your unit’s amazing projects by creating a short presentation for us to play at virtual EMGC:
    1. Save the date! Master Gardener College (EMGC) 2024 will be held virtually June 5-9.
  3. Giving Day 2024 – Save the date for Virginia Tech Giving Day – Noon February 21-22. Donations benefit our micro-grant program!


Old Announcements – February:  

  1. GreenScapes Symposium 2024 – Join Brookside Gardens for a day of virtual lectures on Friday, February 16, 2024, as industry experts share valuable lessons from the field that fill in the gap between sustainable design theory and practice. Learn how to create masterpieces for all season interest using naturalistic planting designs with strong perennials and grasses. Lectures will reimagine traditional landscapes with native plants and offer the latest in ecologically focused management strategies. Take advantage of the Early Bird fee of $50 that ends on Friday, January 12. All sessions will be recorded and made available online to registrants. For more information and to register online, visit
  2. Garden Expo with Seed Share – February 17: Save the date and join the Louisa Extension Master Gardeners for the Garden Expo with Seed Share!! (Formerly known as Seed Swap).
    1. The Expo will be held at Louisa Baptist Church, 305 East Main Street, Louisa, VA. The event will provide free seeds, free gardening presentations, community organizations, door prize giveaways and a basket raffle. Bring your dried, labeled seeds if you have them to share. However, bringing seeds is NOT required. We hope to see you there! For more Information, please go to: or the Louisa Extension Master Gardeners Facebook Page.


Old Announcements – March:


  1. Northern Shenandoah Valley 2024 Symposium – March 2, 2024 – Middletown, VA
  2. Patrick County Master Gardeners Spring Symposium: Master Your Garden – March 9, 2024 Patrick & Henry Community College 212 Wood Brothers Drive, Stuart VA 24171
    1. Registration: $10 payable by check or money order via mail or at the door 8:30am Doors Open 9am – Welcome 9:15-10:45am – Eli Roberson – “Using Container Gardens to Lower Your Grocery Bill” 10:45-11:30am – Break – coffee, tea, snacks, and vendors 11:30am-12:50 – Eric Johnson – “Old Salem Heirloom Gardens & Their Legacy Today” 12:50pm – Closing
  1. GROW THE GOOD LIFE – Bedford Area Master Gardeners – March 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    1. As you begin your garden plans for 2024, the Bedford Master Gardeners offer some helpful instruction and advice with our annual Grow The Good Life program. This year’s seminar will be three presentations on gardening with a focus on the environment. The seminar will be on March 9, 2024, in-person at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 13586 Old Moneta Road, Moneta, VA from 9AM to 3PM. The speakers for this year’s Grow The Good Life are Joe Lamp’l, Jim McCormac, and Jim McGlone.
    2. The registration fee for attending the event in person covers the three speakers, your choice of lunch, and plenty of time to visit with our wonderful vendors, including Justin Kelley — a professional tool sharpener. The lunch selection options will be given during registration checkout.
    3. More information here:
  1. VIRGINIA BEACH MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT GARDENING TALKS: Join us on Monday, March 11, 2024, at 7 pm via ZOOM for a Gardening Talks presentation on: Plant This, Not That with Stacie McGraw, VB Master Gardener
    1. Looking for reliable, easy to grow perennials and shrubs? Thinking about planting natives, but worried that your garden will look weedy? This talk will explore tried and true native alternatives to common landscape plants with a focus on natives that behave and perform well in a variety of growing conditions and garden styles. 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 2024 as you explore our website!


Old Announcements – April:

  1. Save the Date! The Northern Neck Master Gardeners and Virginia Cooperative Extension Invite You to the 30th Annual Gardening in the Northern Neck Seminar “Creating Outdoor Spaces-Defining Your Lifestyle”. Saturday, April 13, 2024. Lancaster Elementary School, 191 School St., Kilmarnock, VA. Registration Opens February 1, 2024.
  2. MGACRA 2024 Spring Symposium “Sustainable Gardening – Growing a Greener Future” – 4/13/2024 – Gari Melchers Home & Studio, 224 Washington St., Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22405.
    1. The Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area invite you to join us for our 12th Annual Spring Symposium “Sustainable Gardening – Growing a Greener Future.” We have three guest speakers: Dr. Leonard Githinji presenting Introduction to Sustainable Gardening, and, back by popular demand, Bryce Lane presenting two sessions “So You Want A Garden: First Steps to Growing Your Own Food.” and “Is it Warm in Here?: New Approaches to Gardening in a Changing Climate”, and Jenny Rose Carey presenting Become the Ultimate Flower Gardener! 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 $85.00 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 get a registration form online at

Old Announcements:

  1. VT Sweet Satisfaction Survey – Did you receive edamame seeds from the VT Sweet research program? If so, please fill out this survey and let the researchers know your thoughts:
    1. Want to request more edamame seeds for an EMG project (community or school garden)? Email Patrick at


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