Garden Fest  is coming Saturday, June 4! 

About the Event

  • boy-in-butterfly-patchMaster Gardener plant sale with wagons to transport plants to your vehicle
  • Garden Speakers
  • Hands-on Workshops ($)
  • Garden Demonstrations/Displays
  • Second Hand Rose Garden Rummage Sale
  • Garden Tool Sharpening Booth
  • Garden and Specialty Vendors
  • Raffles
  • Live Music
  • Food; Picnic Tables on Grounds
  • Tours of Belle Grove Plantation ($)
  • Children’s Activities – free, preregistration required by May 15: gardenfestchildren2016@gmail.com  

Sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Master Gardeners are volunteer educators within our community who serve the public by assisting local Extension Agents to provide sound and practical gardening information to area property and homeowners.

You will discover Master Gardeners answering questions at your local farm markets, providing garden demonstrations, writing articles for the local media, and responding to inquiries on the “Greenline”.

On this site you can find answers to garden questions or to expand your knowledge by utilizing the wide array of resources. Better yet, consider becoming a Master Gardener. Regardless of your outdoor interests, come grow with the Master Gardener Program!

Barn Garden Workshop Series

Co-sponsored with Belle Grove.

The next event will be Sunday, May 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. Topic is “Special Gardens for Small Spaces”. Presenter Team will be Master Gardeners Helen Lake, Ginny Smith, Laurie Cocina, and Carol Pittillo. Registration is due May 13. Learn to create and incorporate an oasis into a corner of your landscape, either in your yard or on your patio. Design and create a meaningful spot in your garden. Attendees will learn the principles and pleasures of small space gardens, as well as what to consider in creating memorial gardens, herb gardens, children’s herb gardens, and healing gardens. Participants will receive folders containing design ideas for each type of garden, a list of suggested plants for each of the topic gardens, and a bag of seeds and plants to get your gardening started.

Reserve your spot at www.bellegrove.org/calendar by paying the $25 per person class fee, register in person in the Belle Grove Museum Shop or pay by mail with a check made out to Belle Grove, Inc., and mailed to P. O. Box 537, Middletown, VA 22645.

For more information on program dates and topics or for a registration form, click here.

Garden Care Consultations for Homeowner

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.

Interested in Learning More About Being a Master Gardener?

Do you enjoy gardening? Love nature? Appreciate the environment? Want to share your outdoor passions with others? Join the 2017 class of Master Gardeners and meet others with your interest(s), update your current knowledge, and help the community grow through your volunteering at education events and programs. Classes meet beginning in early February and finishing in early May. Participants are required to complete a minimum 50 hour course to be followed by 50 volunteer hours to become certified.

For more information, contact VCE Agent Mark Sutphin.