Barn Series

Gardening Lectures & Workshops for the Shenandoah Valley Gardener

NSVMGA and Belle Grove Plantation have teamed up to host a series of monthly lectures & workshops from April to November 2017.

The topics, presented by MGs, will focus on home gardening and using what can be grown at home. Each monthly session will include a lecture followed by a workshop where students will put to use some new found ideas.

Attendees will go home with creations that range from garden art and garden design ideas, to samples of herb dips, lavender craft, and Williamsburg-style holiday decorations. Most class fees are $25, although some classes have an additional materials fee.

Preregistration is necessary to reserve your spot. For questions about registration contact Belle Grove at 540-869-2028 or info@bellegrove.org.

  • October 22, Williamsburg Holiday Display ($30 per person — $25 for class; $5 for supplies)
  • NEW! November 8, Williamsburg Style Holiday Center Piece ($30 per person — $25 for class; $5 for supplies) — Students will learn the style and techniques that will help them create a colonial style center piece for the holidays.  The class will show some of the many creations that can be made for the holidays similar to Williamsburg.  Each attendee will be given a container to create an arrangement that can be used as a table centerpiece, on a mantel, or on a coffee table.  Greenery and fruit will be used and the techniques of putting it all together will be shown in class. Last day to register is October 29.

2018 Master Gardener Intern Class – sign up meeting

If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener the classes will begin February 13, 2018 and finishes May 3.  All classes will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Mid Atlantic Farm Credit Building at 125 Prosperity Dr. Winchester. Registration will be held on January 18 at 1 p.m.  This is a mandatory attendance for the class.  For more information check the website at www.nsvmga.org/join

Save The Date!
Gardening in the Valley Symposium

Saturday, March 3, 2018 — Spring Break at Shenandoah University!  Master Gardeners will host their annual garden lecture symposium.  

There are 5 great speakers: 

  • Ira Wallace from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange,
  • Wendy Kiang-Spray author of Chinese Kitchen Gardens,
  • VA Tech Extension Associate Tim McCoy on Solitary Pollinators,
  • Dr. James McDuffie (ret) VA Tech on “Gardens of the World in Zones 6 and 7”,  and
  • Ms. Sandy Lerner, co-founder of Cisco Systems and owner of Gentle Harvest, on “Farm to Table in the Shenandoah Valley”.  

The event will have several garden vendors for your shopping delight and book sales from the speakers as well as door prizes and a Chinese Auction.  You can email us at nsvmga.info@gmail.com for more information.

Seed Exchange @ State Arboretum of VA

January 27, starting at 9 a.m. MGs will be in the Blandy Library.  Everyone is invited to come to the free seed exchange.  Bring seeds to donate or pick up seeds donated by Master Gardeners and community members.  There will be some garden vendors and some free bulbs and plants. Come early for the best choice! For more information go to www.nsvmga.ore/projects/blandy-seed-exchange

Help Support NSVMGA

We have registered with Brent and Becky’s Bulbs to be in their giving program to non-profit organizations.  Brent and Becky are the owners of a garden business in Virginia and have given several presentations to Master Gardeners throughout the state and at Master Gardener College.  They grow bulbs and plants and have donated throughout the years.  

Please consider their business as an option when you want to order bulbs or plants. Log on to http://www.bloominbucks.com/ to order bulbs and select Northern Shenandoah Master Gardeners Association, and they will donate 25% of your order amount to us!


As you may know, Master Gardeners currently work with homeowners to answer a full range of plant, tree, and lawn care questions either in-person, by phone, or via e-mail on the County Greenlines. As an extension of that service, Master Gardener Teams will now meet with homeowners for site visits to discuss those problems and concerns. The Master Gardeners will then offer suggestions and solutions. This program will cover landscaping issues, plant and disease identification, proper planting and care, and other issues that could arise for homeowners.

Anyone interested in having a Master Gardener Team visit their yard should contact the local Extension Office. Go here to find the nearest Extension Office to you.