March is shaping up to be a busy month for gardening events in Virginia. Here’s a sampling of workshops, symposia and other gardening events being held across the Commonwealth.
8th Annual Gardening Symposium
Leesburg, Va., March 18, 2017, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Sponsored by the Loudoun County Master Gardeners, this popular annual gardening symposium brings together featured speakers, knowledgeable practitioners, plant sellers, and vendors of gardening-related products and accessories. Featured speakers for the 2017 Gardening Symposium include: Peggy Cornett, Curator of Plants at Monticello; Gregory Evanylo, Professor of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech; Joe Murray, ISA certified arborist, educator, and trainer; and Thomas Rainer, landscape architect, teacher, and author.
Registration fee is $70 and limited seating remains. For more information about the Annual Gardening Symposium and other gardening events from the Master Gardeners in Loudoun County, Va., visit their website or register here for the Symposium.
Tree Care Symposium “Ensuring Best Practices”
Richmond, Va., March 23, 2017, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Offered by Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, the Tree Care Symposium will teach attendees about best practices for selecting, planting, pruning, and maintaining trees in the landscape. Participants will also hear updates on the effect of changing climates on insect outbreaks.
Featured speakers include: Edward Gilman, Ph.D., University of Florida; Peter Del Tredici, Ph.D., Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University; Michael Raupp, Ph.D., University of Delaware; and Maisie Hughes, Director, Design and Advocacy, Casey Trees in Washington, D.C. Registration fee is $60. For more information, contact Lewis Ginter or call 804-262-9887.
6th Annual Shenandoah Valley Plant Symposium
Waynesboro, Va., March 24, 2017 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Shenandoah Valley Plant Symposium is a day packed full of featured speakers and interesting gardening topics, such as creative kitchen garden design, new shrubs and trees for forward thinking gardeners, creating community through garden sculptures, creating landscapes that attract and support local wildlife, and much more.
Nationally renowned speakers include Douglas Tallamy, Professor at the University of Delaware; Will Hooker, Professor Emeritus North Carolina State University; Ellen Ecker Ogden, Author of The Complete Kitchen Garden; and Vincent Simeone, Director at of Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in New York. Registration fee is $100. For more information, visit their website or send an email to Stephanie Seltzer or 540-942-6735. .
Free Vegetable and Herb Gardening Classes
Arlington and Alexandria, Va.
Sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, these popular classes will help you get ready for a productive year of vegetable gardening. “Vegetable Gardening: Management and Maintenance,” on March 21, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, teaches attendees how to manage and maintain a healthy, eco-friendly vegetable garden. The class is also being offered on March 25, 2017.
“Herbs and Plants: From the Grocery Store to the Garden to the Kitchen” teaches participants how to shop the produce aisles of their grocery stores to supplement their seed and plant purchases. March 18, 2017, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, and also on March 20, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, in Alexandria, Va. All programs are free, but advance registration is requested. For more information or to register, visit the MGNV website, call 703-228-6414, or send an email.
Best Plants of Hampton Roads
Norfolk, Va., four-week class beginning March 14, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Norfolk Botanical Garden is offering a four-week program, one class per week, on the best plants for landscapes in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. Led by Director of Horticulture Brian O’Neil, this popular class will help participants take an in-depth look at the best performing plants, including their culture and care as well as recommended companion plants in the landscape. Registration fee is $55 for members, $75 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit Norfolk Botanical Garden.
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