Save the DATE! Gardenfest – June 3, 2017!

Annual event hosted by NSVMGA at Belle Grove Plantation that has something for everyone! Highlights include Master Gardener Plant Sale, Second Hand Rose Rummage Sale Tent, Special Speakers and Workshops, Demonstrations, Educational Displays, Children’s Activity Area, Plant Vendors, and much more! Free admission and free parking. Watch for details.

Barn Series – Workshops Begin April 30

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 October 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.

  • April 30, Kids Garden Art ($25 each adult/ child pair. $10 each additional child)
  • May 28, Special Gardens for Small Spaces ($25 per person)
  • June 18, Sauces Dips & Pico de Gallo ($25 per person)
  • July 9, Edible Herbs & Soft Fruits of the Belle Grove Garden ($25 per person)
  • August 6, Air Plants: Those Tillandsia ($30 per person — $25 class; $5 supplies)
  • September 10, Lavender: Crafting & Growing ($25 per person)
  • October 22, Williamsburg Holiday Display ($30 per person — $25 for class; $5 for supplies)

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.