2023 Webinar Schedule
July 20 at 10:30 am – Hydroponics: Industry to Home Use, Dr. Josh Kardos, VT SPES
This talk will introduce hydroponics, discuss the pros and cons, describe various systems used and crops grown, highlight the industry, and describe how you can grow hydroponically at home.
Register for the July webinar here
August 18 at 10:00 am – Forest Health Update, Lori Chamberlin VDOF
Learn about the most common pests and diseases in Virginia’s forests. This presentation will teach participants how to identify forest health disturbance agents, and how to prevent damage. Our speaker, Lori Chamberlin, is the Forest Health Manager for the Virginia Department of Forestry
Register for August webinar here
September 14 at 10:00 am – Save the Date! Dr. Mike Goatley, VT SPES
Register for September webinar here
November 17 at 1:00 pm – Landscaping for Birds, Dr. Robin Puffenbarger
Register for November webinar here
May 12 | Invasive Plant Management
Dr. Laurie Fox and Ed Olsen will give a presentation on invasive plant management and answer questions on the topic. This presentation will be available as a MG resource after the webinar.
April 20 | Compost Basics and Beyond, Panorama Paydirt
Join Margaret and Noah Bloom of Panorama Paydirt for a deep dive into compost!
March 24 | The Value of Trees, Dr. Laurie Fox
Dr. Laurie Fox gives tips and an overview of a presentation template that EMGs can customize and use for talks to civic leagues, homeowner associations, garden clubs, etc.
August 19 | Virginia’s Natural Heritage Program
Join Tyler Urgo, the Shenandoah Valley Regional Steward for the Virginia Natural Heritage Program shares how this program is conserving Virginia’s biodiversity through inventory, protection, and stewardship.
April 15| EMG Online Training with Canvas
oin Fairfax EMGs as they discuss their switch to online training for new EMGs, what lessons they’ve learned, and share recommendations for other units taking on virtual training. This session will focus on the use of Canvas.
March 18, 2021 | Vegetable Grafting for the Home Gardener
Why & How to Graft Your Own Transplants with Josh Kardos of VT SPES. Dr. Kardos has also provided this demo video of vegetable grafting, click here.
February 18, 2021 | Building Strong EMG Mentor Programs
This webinar focuses on the importance of mentoring programs and how you can build one for your unit.
IDs and Diagnoses Series (view YouTube playlist):
February 16, 2021 | Plant ID Clinic: IDs and Diagnoses series
This webinar provides guidance on submitting a good digital sample to the Plant Disease Clinic. It also details some useful resources on the Plant Disease Clinic website that can help Master Gardeners gain familiarity with common diseases and abiotic problems diagnosed in the Plant Disease Clinic.
February 9, 2021 | Weed Clinic: IDs and Diagnoses series
Wykle Greene and Michael Flessner of the Virginia Weed Identification Clinic share their process for IDing samples and tips for submitting good samples.
February 2, 2021 | Basic Entomology and the Insect ID Lab: IDs and Diagnoses series
Eric Day of the Insect ID Lab provides basic information on Entomology and an overview of their lab.
January 26, 2021 | Soil Testing Lab: IDs and Diagnoses series
Steve Heckendorn from Virginia Tech’s soil testing lab shares information on their lab processes and how you can more effectively use the resources they offer.
November 19, 2020 | State Office Updates and Q&A
State Office staff describes upcoming program changes, including the transition away from the VMS and a new task force.
October 22, 2020 | Leadership Development: Creating Engaging Presentations
Extension agents Kirsten Conrad, Ashley Apling, and Ed Olsen share their tips for creating and presenting PowerPoint presentations.
October 15, 2020 | Urban Agriculture | Dr. Leonard Githinji
September 17, 2020 | Joel Koci | Tree Risk Assessment
Learn the basics of tree risk assessment with Joel Koci of VSU.
August 20, 2020 | Josh Kardos| How to Get the Most out of You Hydrangeas
Josh Kardos, Virginia Tech, discusses hydrangea science and troubleshooting.
Get Gardening! Facebook Live Series
Includes the following sessions:
- Dr. Leonard Githinji, VSU – How to create and maintain a productive raised bed garden in your backyard
- Alex Hessler, VT SPES – Successful seeding and transplanting in the home garden”
- Ed Olsen – Container Gardening
- Dr. Marcus comer, Gardening Beyond the Backyard
- Michelle Prysby, Gardening For Wildlife
- Joel Koci, Intro to woody plants
- Chris Epes, Watering
- Evan O’Niell, Tomatoes
- Laura Maxey Nay, garden insects
- Susan Cheek, cut flowers
- Adria Bordas – Disease
- Amy – Garden safety
- Jayesh Samtani -Small fruits
- Josh Kardos – Hydrangeas
- Gaylynn Johnson – Fall garden
- Dawn Barnes – Processing: canning, water bath
- Sandy Stoneman – Processing: canning, pressure
- Susan Prillaman – Processing: freezing
- Dave Close – Firewise landscaping
- Mark Reiter – Cover Crops
- Chris Mullins – Season extenders
- Kathleen Reed – Succulents and propagation
July 30 | Jamie King | Urban Forestry is a Public Service
Virginia Tech arborist Jamie King discusses the community benefits of urban forestry.
May 21, 2020| Mark Sutphin| Spotted Lanternfly Update
Mark Sutphin of Frederick VCE provides an update on the invasive spotted lanternfly in Virginia.
April 16, 2020 | Scott Baker | Understanding and Interpreting Soil Test Results
Join us for a practical how-to for reading and interpreting soil test results. Learn how to use those lab results to give recommendations to homeowners – and be able to amend your own lawn or garden too!
March 19, 2020 | Pam Bennett | What’s App With That?
Pam Bennett of Ohio State University describes different gardening smartphone apps and tips for using them.
February 20, 2020 | Andrea Davis on School Garden Projects
Andrea Davis, Extension agent Virginia Beach, joins the state office to discuss school garden projects.
October 10, 2019 | Dr. Holly Scoggins
Dave Close and new EMG Coordinator Kathleen Reed in conversation with Dr. Holly Scoggins as she prepares to retire in 2020.
November 8, 2018 | EMG College 2019 Updates
Dave Close and John Freeborn provide updates on EMG College 2019 which will be held in Norfolk VA, including keynote speakers confirmed, location information, and venue information
October 11, 2018 | Conflict Resolution
The Leadership, Volunteerism, and Civic Engagement Program Team invites you to this 50 minute webinar with Dave Close as he discusses working through the unavoidable conflict that we all encounter in our work.
September 27, 2018 | LVCE Webinar: Cultivating Volunteer Leaders
Join Michelle Prysby for a presention on how volunteer programs often can be strengthened by having volunteers serve in leadership roles. How do you move volunteers from simply showing up for a volunteer activity to taking on greater responsibilities? What leadership skills are important to cultivate in volunteers? What are common challenges with volunteer leadership and how can they be overcome? We will discuss these ideas and more, and we welcome your own stories of volunteer leadership triumphs and disasters.
- Presentation PDF
- Fuller, J. M. and Friedel, C. R. 2017. Developing volunteer leaders: Let their intentions guide the way. Journal of Leadership Education 16(3): 45-66. DOI: 10.12806/V16/I3/R2
- Lockett, L. L. and Boyd, B. 2012. Enhancing leadership skills in volunteers. Journal of Leadership Education 11(1): 233-244. DOI: 10.12806/V11/I1/AB2
- The Lockett paper is also available as an Extension publication from Texas AgriLife Extension, but it’s pretty much the same as the peer-reviewed journal article.
September 13, 2018 |The (Large) Space Between: Reimagining Highway Corridors as Performative Landscapes
Scott’s presentation covers “Interstate Interventions”, exploring possible improvements that could be implemented within the planted shoulders and medians along the Interstates in Illinois. His work includes a review of The Ray, an 18-mile section of Interstate 85 in southwest Georgia that serves as a testing ground for new ideas and technologies to transform transportation infrastructure.
- Additional Resources:
- Presentation PDF
June 14, 2018 | Volunteer Retention and Engagement
Michelle Prysby, Director of the Master Naturalist Program, discusses techniques for retaining and engaging volunteers.
March 8, 2018 | Boxwood Blight Frequently Asked Questions
Special guest Mary Ann Hansen, Extension Plant Pathologist with the Virginia Tech Plant Disease Clinic, provides an update on Boxwood Blight in Virginia. Mary Ann discusses what is currently known about the disease and its spread in Virginia, and shares resources on best management practices for preventing or managing Boxwood Blight in home landscapes.
More information on Boxwood Blight, including VCE factsheets: Boxwood Blight Task Force
January 11, 2018 | Flowers, Flowers and More Flowers
Special guest Dr. Holly Scoggins provides information and recommendations for garden flowers, including recommendations for early-flowering varieties and unusual flowers you may not know about!
2016 – 2017 Webinars
December 14, 2017 | Office Updates
EMG State Office Staff provide program updates including highlights from the communication survey, an update on the webinar series, and an update on the coordinator handbook.
Fall 2016 | Agriculture and Environment
Ag. and Environmental Series Seminars – an interdisciplinary seminar series co-sponsored by the departments of Horiculture, Entomology, CSES, and PPWS. Thanks to Mark Summer and Megan O’Rourke for their efforts in the recordings.
May 26, 2016 | Woody Landscape Plants
Dr. Alex Niemiera presents a 50 minute lecture on his chapter on woody plants in the EMG handbook. This talk expands on some of the topics covered in the chapter, including plant size, hardiness, plant sex, and right plants for the right places.
February 2, 2016 | Habitat Gardening for Wildlife
This session is based on the new chapter in the EMG handbook and provides an overview of vegetative and structural components of habitat gardening, including plant choices, plant layering to mimic natural systems, and examples of popular wildlife gardens.
Special Series: Turf Management
August 24, 2018 | Fall Into Your Lawn
As fall approaches, now is the time to be thinking about new lawn establishment, recovery and renovation options (aeration / overseeding) from summer damage, fall fertility options, and “what are my best weed control options?”