Biweekly Update – May 3

New Announcements

  1. Master Gardener College registration now open: Register here before prices increase May 8
    1. Program and more information here
    2. Want more in-person programming? Register for the VMGA annual meeting on June 15
  2. Entomological Society of America – Chrysalis fund grants for projects that teach kids about bugs Deadline to apply: May 31
  3. NRVMGA Plant Sale, 5/11/2024, Montgomery County Government Center, Join the New River Valley Master Gardeners for our annual plant sale featuring native plants, vegetables, houseplants, garden yard sale and help desk. Saturday, May 11, 9-2, rain or shine. More info here.
  4. Popular Plant Sale Returns! Williamsburg Botanical Garden – May 11, 2024 from 9 am-12noon – James City County Williamsburg Master Gardener Association (JCCWMGA) invites you to our plant sale on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden (WBG) located within Freedom Park at 5537 Centerville Road. This sale runs only on Saturday, May 11, rain or shine. Admission to the WBG and parking in Freedom Park is free.
    1. The sale offers a wide selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, trees, and shrubs. Much of the plant stock has been raised by the Master Gardeners themselves. In addition to plants, visitors can shop the Green Thumb Market for gently used tools, equipment, and specialty items to perk up their garden decor. Shoppers will enjoy connecting with fellow gardening enthusiasts and getting advice from the JCCW Master Gardeners Help Desk team who will be on site during the sale to answer questions and assist customers with plant selections. The proceeds from the plant sale fund over 25 projects enjoyed by the community. For more information go to our website, Don’t miss the video!
  5. GardenFest 2024 6/1/2024 – Belle Grove Plantation 336 Belle Grove Rd Middletown VA 22645 – GardenFest 2024 – 6/1/2024 – VCE supported by the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association presents GardenFest at Belle Grove Plantation at 336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown VA 22645. Event will be 8am to 2pm Rain or Shine. The Master Gardener Plant Sale will feature a large variety of perennials, annuals, houseplants, shrubs and trees. Other highlights: gently used garden items at the Second Hand Rose tent, Children’s Activities, Gardening Advice, Garden Tool Sharpening, Food/Plant/Specialty Vendors and Border Collie Duck Herding Demonstration. Free parking and admission. No Pets Please. Contact for questions. See for more information.
  6. VMGA Spring Continuing Education – Conservation Landscaping – 5/18/2024  Via Zoom – The Science and Practical Application to Create or Restore Biodiversity in the Home Restoration Ecology of Urban Trees – Dr. David BurkeResearch chair of the Holden ArboretumConcentrating on soil ecology, His presentation examines interaction between plants and soil microorganisms, especially mutualistic and associative soil organisms, to restore critical balances in urban trees and plants. Ph.D. from Rutgers University.  Restore Biodiversity with Keystone Plants – Krista De Cooke,Innovation Project Manager for Homegrown National Park.How the homeowner can improve biodiversity that supports the birds, and the insects on which they rely. M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee; MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Haslam College of Business. Register here  Once registered, you will be sent a reminder with the Zoom link the week of the event.

Old Announcements May:

  1. HCMGA 22nd Annual Festival of Gardening – 5/4/2024 On the lawn outside city auditorium at Glass H.S. – Plants to satisfy vegetable gardeners, native plant enthusiasts, annuals, tropicals, houseplants, and more will be available at the 22nd annual Festival of Gardening sponsored by the Hill City Master Gardener Association on Saturday, May 4, on the grounds at E. C. Glass High School. Rain or shine, Master Gardeners will offer plants for sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m
  2. Western Tidewater EMG Spring Plant Sale – May 4th 9-1, Rain date May 11th – Blackwater Regional Library Please join the Western Tidewater Master Gardeners for our annual Spring Plant sale. May 4,9am-1pm, Rain date May 11th Blackwater Regional Library, 14362 New Town Haven Lane,Carrollton,VA 23314 We will have a variety of plants for sale. Cash or check only. will include garden-related stations for activities and information. Be there or be square.
  3. Nelson County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale – 05/04/2024 – Rockfish Valley Community Center – The Nelson County Master Gardeners annual Plant Sale will be held on the first Saturday in May (5/4) from 9 am to 1 pm . There will hundreds of plants available, including native perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, shrubs and trees. In addition, we will be raffling off baskets of garden items and selling gently used garden equipment in our Recycled Gardener sale. Please come and check out the plants!
  4. How to Grow Beautiful Roses– 5/6/2024 – VIRGINIA BEACH MASTER GARDENERS PRESENT GARDENING TALKS: Join us on Monday, May 6, 2024, at 7 pm via ZOOM for a Gardening Talks presentation on: How to Grow Beautiful Roses Speaker: Robert Gormley, VBMG Growing beautiful roses isn’t as difficult as most people think. This program
  5. RAMGA Plant Sale 2024 – 5/11/2024 – Ruritan Barn, 1260 Valley Pike, Lexington Va – The Rockbridge Area Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale on Saturday May 11 from 8:30 till noon at the Ruritan Barn, 1260 Valley Pike. There’ll be a wide variety of annuals, vegetables, perennials, trees and shrubs, ready to enhance your home’s curb appeal. The event
  6. Heart of Virginia Lunch & Learn Series Prince Edward Extension Office, 100 Dominion Dr., Farmville, VA
    1. 4/4/24 – 12-1 pm Bring your lunch and join us for a session on Saving & Starting Seeds
    2. 5/4/24 – 12-1 pm Bring your lunch and join us for a session on Rain Barrels
    3. 6/6/2024 – 12 – 1 pm  All about African violets with Jill Fischer.
    4. 6/29/2024 11 am – 12 pm  Water Gardens for everyone!
    5. 8/1/24 – 12-1 pm Bring your lunch and join us for a session on Lawn Renovation
    6. 10/3/24 – 12-1 pm Bring your lunch and join us for a session on Mushrooms


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