Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017 Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Symposium on April 1, 2017 in Middletown

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2017 Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Symposium
Date:  Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
NEW LOCATION:  Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown, Virginia
                              Carl and Emily Thompson Conference Center 
                               Located in the Corron Community Development Center Building

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Master Your Garden Symposium – Patrick County, Virginia, March 4, 2017

Arlington/Alexandria Events for January

Vegetable Gardening Part 1: Jumpstart Your Garden With Seeds (Note that class is offered twice)

Thursday, January 26, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304, or

Saturday, January 28, 10:30 – noon, Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205.

Start your garden early this year!  Get the scoop on seed selection, hybrid vs. heirloom, what seeds to start indoors, germination tips, and best bets for seed saving. Find out how to make your own starter pots, and easy-to-create lighting systems to bring the sunlight inside.

Free. Advance registration requested at Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email

Virginia Trees for Clean Water Program – Applications due February 16, 2017

Through funds from the USFS Chesapeake Watershed Forestry Program, and Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, VDOF has developed a Virginia Trees for Clean Water program which is designed to improve water quality by planting riparian buffers and trees in our neighborhoods and communities.

Potential projects funded under the program include tree planting activities of all types such as riparian buffer or community and neighborhood tree plantings.  Winning proposals should demonstrate the merit of the project and long-term tree maintenance must be considered.  Funding is available on a 50/50 match basis and in-kind match including volunteer time is permissible. 

Grants are awarded through this program to encourage local government and citizen involvement in creating and supporting long-term and sustained canopy cover.  All applications are due by 5:00 pm on Thursday February 16, 2017.

Sustainable Gardening at Home – Virginia Beach, Virginia, January 30, 2017

Join the Virginia Beach Master Gardeners on Jan 30, 2017, from 9am -1pm at the Law Enforcement Training Academy(LETA) at 411 Integrity Way which is near the Birdneck exit off 264 for Sustainable Gardening at Home.

Learn how it applies to your home gardening in this program consisting of 3 one-hour presentations by Norfolk Botanical Garden horticulturalists David Carter, Mark Moreno, and Alex Cantwell on:

Basic Principles and Concepts of Permaculture-Techniques and strategies to create a sustainable  and resilient home gaarden.

Sustainable Practices  in Vegetable  Production in Urban Settings and Soil Fertility in Urban Settings

Benefits, Implementation and Aesthetics of Urban Horticulture.

Registration is on Eventbrite.  VBMG will find their Eventbrite link on VMS.

Other Master Gardeners should register at: