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Barn Garden Workshop Series

An Educational Series co-sponsored with Belle Grove.

July 10 – Mid-Summer Garden Whimsy

Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Presented by Master Gardener Claire DeMasi.bug-clipart-ladybug-lady-bug-clip-art-bug-flower-leaf-branch-clipart-personal-and-2
Registration due July 1.
Bee snug as a bug in a rug ….or a garden frame. Bugs are an important part of the ecology of the garden. Learn about good bugs and how to encourage them to hang around your garden and how to discourage bad bugs. Students will get a natural bug habitat with a variety of materials and can then go on to create a one of a kind garden wall or fence display. Something that looks like nature’s mosaic is really a home for bugs that are so necessary for flowers and vegetables and fruits. Students will be given a choice of materials to make this easy and great looking entomological home!

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. The Barn Series is a joint venture of Belle Grove Plantation and Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association.

Belle Grove Plantation is located one mile south of Middletown, VA, on U.S. Route 11.

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

Coming Soon to The Barn Series! Gardening in Miniature (Or Fairies Love Broken Pots!)

August 21 — Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Presented by Master Gardener Angie Hutchinson
Registration due August 12*

(Family friendly class* — Sign up with a child age 10 to 15 years old and pay only $40 for both to attend.)

Learn how to design a garden area in miniature. Students will make a fairy garden or a small garden spot to bring home and add to their home garden. Students will be learning how to use broken pots and recycled items as great garden accents. Students will learn how to make miniature houses, little ladders, and other items used by the wee people. Items made of natural materials will be displayed and students will learn how to use everyday items in a miniature garden. Students might even learn how to make a hedgehog for a small spot garden!

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.