Resources

The following resources are organized according to topics addressed by the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Handbook. Listed below are web sites, articles, and Certified Master Gardener speakers that are available for community garden presentations.

BASIC BOTANY

The Garden Web Glossary of Botanical Terms

You will find over 2,000 terms relating to botany, gardening, horticulture and landscaping.

Plant Glossary
From the University of Florida, this will guide you through plant terminology with a special emphasis on water gardening.

  SOILS & FERTILIZERS

Virginia Tech Soil Testing Lab
Complete resource for everything you want to know about soil testing.

Soil Sampling for the Home Gardener
Great article on how to take a sample, sending it to a soil lab, and reading the results.

Fertilizers
A list of resources and articles by Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension.

  INSECTS

Insect Identification Laboratory

This Virginia Tech site will guide you the process of discovering the insect or provide a method to submit the creature to the lab for identification.

  DISEASES

Plant Diseases
A list of resources and articles by Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension.

Digital Diagnostics Images
Helpful photographs from the entomology and plant pathology department of Oklahoma State University to be used in analyzing plant diseases.

  DIAGNOSTIC GUIDE

HGIG Plant Diagnostic Center
An interactive web site by the University of Maryland with loads of great pictures of plant pests, problems and concerns.

Virginia Tech Horticulture Department
Program links to guide the user through the process of solving horticulture problem(s).

Weed Identification Guide
Through Virginia Tech, this is a step-by-step guide for homeowner use.

Weed Identification
Resource for weed identification specifically for Illinois but useful in other areas as well.

Spring Postemergent Weed Control in Virginia’s Lawns
Detail of the best management practices in spring weed control that promote a healthy, thick lawn while protecting our environment.

  PESTICIDES

Pest Facts Information Center
Facts regarding pesticides every user should utilize.

Pesticide Safety Education Resources for Consumers
VTPP offers you information sources on pesticides, pesticide safety, pest management, educational opportunities, and related services.

Insects & Pesticides
A list of resources and articles by Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
A list of resources and articles by Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension.

  PLANT PROPAGATION

AHS
American Horticultural Society, the oldest national gardening organization, has a unique seed exchange program.

  PRUNING

USDA
Federal Government Department of Agriculture has links to gardening/pruning. (Not all specific to Virginia)

  INDOOR FOLIAGE

Healthy Landscaping
Allergy-free gardening for inside and outside the home.

Indoor Gardening
A list of resources and articles by Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension.

  VEGETABLE GARDEN & FRUITS

Lunar Planting
Gardening by the phases of the moon promotes a technique that the forces of nature can speed-up seed germination.

Edible Landscaping
Database of perennials grown for produce.

The New USDA Hardiness Zone Map
Determine plant hardiness for a region by utilizing the most recent map.

Volunteer Farm of Shenandoah
Work on a farm which produces 60,000 pounds of food for the needy living in the Shenandoah Valley.

  LAWNS

Spring Lawn Fertilization
A short article on spring fertilization for the lawn.

Lawn Care
A Virginia Tech fact sheet on the main points of taking care of the home lawn.

Lawns
A list of resources and articles by Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension.

Spring Postemergent Weed Control in Virginia’s Lawns
Detail of the best management practices in spring weed control that promote a healthy, thick lawn while protecting our environment.

  TREES & SHRUBS

Trees, Shrubs and Groundcovers
A list of resources and articles by Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension.

Tree Fact Sheet
From Virginia Tech, a searchable database of information regarding over 800 trees in Virginia.

680 Tree Fact Sheets
From the University of Florida, this is a listing of information on 680 trees by scientific name, common name, and family.

Sustainable Forestry: A Guide for Virginia Forest Landowners
Very complete article on consumer managed forests.

Virginia Department of Forestry
A wealth of resources including conservation education, forest health, state nurseries, and forestry publications.

USDA Forest Service
“The Natural Inquirer” is a website for kids sponsored by the U.S. Government.

Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards
A volunteer organization dedicated to improving the health of trees by providing educational programs, tree planting and care demonstrations, and tree maintenance assistance.

  PERENNIALS & ANNUALS

Perennial Resource Guide
The complete guide to growing perennials.

Virginia Native Plant Society
Emphasize public education, protection of endangered species, habitat preservation, and encouragement of appropriate landscape use of native plants.

The New USDA Hardiness Zone Map
Determine plant hardiness for a region by utilizing the most recent map.

Healthy Landscaping
Allergy-free gardening for inside and outside the home.

In the Garden Radio
NPR’s Andre Viette’s web site with hints for success especially in Virginia.

Lunar Planting
Gardening by the phases of the moon promotes a technique that the forces of nature can speed-up seed germination.

Starting Young
Ideas for gardening with kids from the state of California.

Annuals, Perennials, & Bulbs
A list of resources and articles by Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension.

Green Spring Gardens Park
Part of the Fairfax County Regional Park Authority and located in Alexandria, this part acts as a garden idea center for the DC Metropolitan area.

  LANDSCAPE DESIGN

Green Spring Gardens Park
Part of the Fairfax County Regional Park Authority and located in Alexandria, this part acts as a garden idea center for the DC Metropolitan area.

Healthy Landscaping
Allergy-free gardening for inside and outside the home.

In the Garden Radio
NPR’s Andre Viette’s web site with hints for success especially in Virginia.

Specialty Landscape Designs
A list of resources and articles by Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension.

Lewis Gintner Botanical Gardens
In Richmond, Virginia and open year round, this 40 acre garden and conservatory offers an incredible array of ideas for young and old alike.

Maymont
Maymont Park in Richmond, Virginia is open year round with gardening ideas as well as a zoo for kids of all ages. (Limited indoor facilities)

  WATER QUALITY

The Nature Conservancy
A philanthropic organization focused upon protecting nature and life.

Water Quality
A list of resources and articles by Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension.

Creating a Water-Wise Landscape
Article on everything from planning to plant selection to watering methods.

  VOLUNTEERS

Virginia Master Gardener Association
The state website for the MG program with links to the different regions of Virginiia

VMGA Report Newsletter Archives