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, download a flyer and contact VCE Agent Mark Sutphin.

Barn Garden Workshop Series
An Educational Series co-sponsored with Belle Grove.

Preserving Garden Memories
(September 11 — Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.)

Registration due September 2– Presented by Master Gardener Rose Fairman

Learn how to artistically capture what we grow in the garden. Students will learn which plants can be grown in your garden and how to preserve them. The instructor will provide several varieties of lavender for attendees to use in a preservation craft. Following a demonstration, students will work to create a one of a kind greeting card or framed wall art using beautiful dried plants. Attendees will also be able to see how a sachet is made and use it at home. Each participant will choose from a variety of pressed leaves, flowers and petals to use while creating their own designs.

Autumn Wonders (October 2 — Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.)

Registration due September 23 — Presented by Master Gardeners Lynn Hoffmann, Ginny Smith, & Rose Fairman

Students will learn how to get their garden and home landscape ready for the end of the growing season. Use the inspiration of the final harvest of your garden as you create a stunning wreath or swag for your front door or another unique spot in your house. Attendees will learn how to attach natural materials to a form and how to preserve those materials to last until Thanksgiving. Attendees will have a large selection of wreath materials and ribbon accents to choose from to make a memorable creation.

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.