NSVMGA sponsors a variety of programs in Frederick County, Virginia, including…
Belle Grove Plantation Teaching Garden – Extension Master Gardeners work with the public and Belle Grove volunteers while planning, planting, and improving the historic garden behind the house. Volunteers meet once a week on Tuesday mornings during the growing season.
Belle Grove Garden Craft Classes – Take part in hands-on crafts taught by Extension Master Gardeners throughout the year at Belle Grove. There is a fee for the public. Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners can participate at no cost and earn education hours. Participation is limited to 20 people. Registration will be through the Belle Grove website closer to the workshop dates. Check back for upcoming 2023 dates.
FallFest – Get ready for winter and get a head start on your spring garden with a variety of educational talks. Plus demos, crafts, and giveaways!
FFA High School Student Outreach
Fremont Street Nursery Gardening After School – Classes are offered for Fremont Street Nursery elementary children, aged 5-12, from 3-4 pm each Wednesday from March through May and mid-September through October. Gardening facilities include a 22-bed enclosed raised-bed garden and the school greenhouse. Extension Master Gardeners also teach a ten-week Summer Garden Project at Fremont on Tuesdays during June, July, and August for ages 4-12. Classes currently are suspended due to COVID-19.
Gardening in the Valley Symposium – NSVMGA sponsors this educational event focused on gardening topics of interest to both Extension Master Gardeners and homeowners in the Valley. The speakers are chosen from the horticultural industry, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and professional speakers on numerous topics.
Gardening for Adults at Northern Regional Adult Detention Center – Extension Master Gardeners advise, teach, and supervise gardening projects with adults at the center.
GardenFest – Extension Master Gardeners sponsor a day of education, gardening fun, and plants every year on the first Saturday in June at Belle Grove Plantation. Highlights include gardening vendors, animals, children’s events, and the Master Gardener Plant Sale.
Indoor Plant Clinic – Extension Master Gardeners sponsor a workshop, diagnostic clinic, and informational talks on indoor plants at the Bowman Library in Stephens City in February. Workshops for children and adults are free, and attendees can go home with free plants and cuttings.
Junior Master Gardener Home School Program – Extension Master Gardeners teach children the basics of gardening as well as the value of giving back to the community. Children are enrolled with the 4-H program and work with the Frederick County Extension Office. Classroom portion lasts from March through June.
Kris Kringle Outdoor Market – Extension Master Gardeners have a table at this festive outdoor event held at Belle Grove.
Nature Surprises for Kids – Extension Master Gardeners teach classes to children at Bowman Library in Stephens City. The classes include hands-on activities to help kids connect with nature. Register on the Bowman Library website for classes at least 10 days before the classes are scheduled.
Seed Lending Libraries – Extension Master Gardeners offer free seeds at Bowman Library in Stephens City and Handley Library in Winchester. Learn the satisfaction and benefits of gardening then harvest and return a portion of the seeds to the library to share with others.
San Damiano Spiritual Life Center Courtyard – The San Damiano Spiritual Life Center is a secluded place of peace and meditation in a bucolic setting in Frederick County. The retreat property is filled with garden settings throughout the campus. In 2020, the Center reached out to the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners to help redesign and plan maintenance for the inner courtyard area. The goal is to create a meditative and therapeutically healing environment for everyone who comes to the Center. The three-phase plan began with classes on sensory and therapeutic garden design and basic garden design for volunteers and staff members who are working on the project.
Winchester Farmers Market – The Extension Master Gardener information booth is set up at the Farmers Market on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. from April through October. Brochures and information sheets are available to the public, and volunteers answer homeowner gardening questions.
To learn more about the projects that take place in Frederick County or to get help with your home gardening questions, contact us at:
- Phone: 540-665-5699
- Email: GreenHelpLine.FrederickCo@gmail.com
- Help Desk Hours: Every Wednesday, 10 a.m.–Noon
- Location: VCE Office, 107 North Kent Street, Winchester, VA 22601
If you have questions about our programs, please email us at NSVMGAnews@gmail.com.