Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Master Gardener YouTube Channel

This is an FYI on a new series of videos we have produced:

Over the past year, the Office of the State Master Gardener Coordinator has been hard at work developing material and content for our program! 

The newest addition to the library on our YouTube Channel is a series of how-to videos on plant propagation featuring: seeding, transplantinggrafting, air layering, tomato grafting, and plant division, each filmed in the Virginia Tech greenhouses.  Each video is about three to five minutes in length and goes step-by-step into how each method is used as well as tips for making sure your plant propagates.  You can visit our channel here!

These video are also featured in our new online training modules, and there are more to come!  Feel free to share!

Downloadable EMG Intern Name Badges Available

Downloadable EMG Intern Name badges available on the Coordinator side of the website!  We have three name badge templates that can be downloaded and printed locally for your EMG Interns if you would like.  They are found on the Coordinator side of the website, and if you are interested, please ask your Coordinator to log in and take a look at them!

Save the Date: 2017 Gardening in the Northern Neck Seminar - March 25, 2017

2017 New River Valley Master Gardener Training Class - Blacksburg, VA, February 28 - May 11

Are you looking for a way to improve your community through volunteer service?  Do you have an interest in horticulture?   Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge?  If the answer to all of these questions is yes, being an Extension Master Gardener may be right for you!

Virginia Cooperative Extension is now accepting applications for the
2017 New River Valley Master Gardener Training Program!

Applicants must be able to attend a 60-hour Training Course and complete 50 hours of volunteer service with Virginia Cooperative Extension during their first year.

The Training Course will be held March-May 2017 on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00PM – 4:00PM at the Hahn Horticulture Pavilion at Virginia Tech. Students will get an equivalent of 3 college credits worth of knowledge from classes taught by Virginia Tech professors and Virginia Cooperative Extension Agents.  The course provides a thorough understanding of all areas in horticulture and includes the following topics: 

Topics covered in the course include:

Indoor Foliage
Risk Management
Trees and Shrubs
Abiotic Plant Stress
Plant Pathology
Urban Forestry/Pruning 
Landscape Design
Pesticide Use & Safety
Water Quality

The cost for the 60-hour course is $150.00, which covers the Virginia Master Gardener Handbook textbook and other training materials.

Upon completion of the Training Course, students will be considered interns and will begin a 50-hour internship designed to provide practical hands-on learning under guidance of experienced Extension Master Gardeners.

There are many on-going Master Gardener projects in the NRV that help others learn and use sustainable gardening and landscape practices, teach youth gardening skills, provide food for those in need while teaching them how to grow their own, assist community members through horticultural therapy, and more. Master Gardening is a fantastic way to volunteer. The skills you learn during the Extension Master Gardener Training Course will help you not only in your own gardens but when assisting others as well.  We hope you will consider joining this exciting, fun, and educational group who don’t mind getting their hands dirty to support the community!

Contact the New River Valley Master Gardener Coordinator at the Montgomery County Extension Office for more information or to obtain an application!
Applications are due by December 19, 2016.

Boxwood Blight and Holiday Decorations - December

Upcoming EMG Webinar: Thursday, December 15 at 10:00 AM

Hi All! 
This is a reminder for the upcoming EMG Open Forum WebEx next week on December 15, Thursday, at 10:00 to 11:00 AM.   Please feel free to share this with anyone who would be interested.  To join, simply click on the yellow highlighted link ( join the meeting) below 10 minutes before the starting time.  If a password is needed, it is also highlighted below.

You are invited to join the State EMG Coordinator's Office as we discuss frequent questions that were submitted during the Leadership Development Training in October.  We will also have an open forum for questions from listeners during this time. 
If you have questions you would like us to answer during this time, please feel free to send them to freeborn@vt.edu or dclose@vt.edu ahead of time.
Thanks, and looking forward to "seeing" you there!
The State EMG Coordinator's Office 

 EMG Open Forum

Thursday, December 15, 2016
10:00 am  |  Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)  |  1 hr 30 mins
Meeting number (access code): 644 316 700
Meeting password: openforum

Friday, November 18, 2016

Save the Date: Northern Neck Master Gardener's "2017 Gardening in the Northern Neck" Seminar - March 25, 2017

Save the date:

Northern Neck Master Gardener's "2017 Gardening in the Northern Neck" Seminar, which will be held on March 25, 2017

Master Your Garden: 10th Annual Symposium - Patrick, VA on March 4, 2017

Save The Date: 13th Annual EcoSavvy Gardening Symposium - Fairfax, VA on February 18, 2017

SAVE THE DATE: 13th Annual EcoSavvy Gardening Symposium, February 18, 2017, 8:30 am – 12:30 pmCultivating Diversity in the Home Garden. Biodiversity of plant and animal life is critical to a healthy ecosystem. Learn from a renowned public designer and expert park naturalist how to create a landscape that provides an oasis for birds, pollinators and other wildlife through the use of native plants.

Registration will be available starting December 6, 2016 through Fairfax County’s Parktakes On-line www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes or call 703-642-5173.

2017 VAFHP Annual Conference - Glen Allen, VA on January 30-31, 2017

Hello Everyone!

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 25th Annual Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals Conference, to be held January 30th & 31st, 2017 at the The Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center in Glen Allen, VA.

VAFHP is comprised of representatives of state and local government entities and the commercial sector.  Each year we convene to exchange information, expertise, and ideas in a mutual effort to manage and control damaging forest pests and problems. We are on track to offer a well-rounded agenda providing up-to-date information about established and emerging plant, insect, and disease pests. Pesticide recertification and continuing education credits are currently being requested and we will update this information at www.vafhp.org as it becomes available. 

The Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center is conveniently located near the intersection of I-95 and I-295 on the north side of Richmond at 1000 Virginia Center Parkway, Glen Allen, VA 23059. This year we are pleased to offer the government lodging rate of $91.00 plus tax for all attendees. Guests may call the following numbers to make a reservation: 804-727-1400 (Direct to Wyndham Virginia Crossing) OR 877-999-3223 (Central Reservation). The group room rate ends on January 8, 2017.

Registration is now open!  Full registration for the conference is $110.00 through January 8, 2017. After that full registration will cost $125.00. The one day rate is $80.00, regardless of when you register. Lunch is included on the first day, and the conference will conclude by lunchtime on Day Two.

Click Here to Register for this Event
Paper registration forms will also be ready soon, please contact us at president@vafhp.org if you need one immediately.

We are looking forward to another great meeting!
The VAFHP Steering Committee

NSVMGA 2017 Training Class - Woodstock, VA on January 17, 2017

Upcoming EMG Training Class - Greensville/ Emporia, Deadline: December 30, 2016

Invitation to Training Session: Extension Master Gardener Open Forum - December 15, 2017

Thursday, December 15, 2017, 10:00 AM--Bi-monthly Extension Master Gardener WebEx Session: Please join the State EMG Coordinators as we discuss common questions that were submitted during the Leadership Development Training in October.  We will also have an open forum for questions from listeners during this time.  To join, go to this link:   https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/k2/j.php?MTID=t74ee16cd3cd9d35ea0b7c15a5f2189dd
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you would like us to address during this time!  Thanks, and "see" you there!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

2016 Southern Region Master Gardener Conference, Arlington and Ft. Worth Texas- November 1-4 2016

View pdf here

Master Gardeners are all about providing education to others. At the Southern Region Master Gardener Conference, it’s your turn to learn new ideas from fellow MGs across the south, new ways of doing things and new ideas in horticulture from the experts.

Whether it’s creating dynamic soils, what’s up with genetically modified organisms, getting kids into the garden or the art of a great garden, there are some 20 sessions to meet every interest.

The conference is November 1-4, 2016, at the Sheraton Hotel in Arlington, TX, in the center of the vibrant Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  Sessions run November 2-3, and close Friday morning, November 4, with a talk by actor Barry Corbin on “Growing Up in Texas”. The rest of day you can take your pick from a variety of tours.

Speaking of tours:  they are spread throughout the conference so you don’t have to choose just one. In addition to garden tours (both public and private), the Arlington Sheraton is close to AT&T Stadium (home of the Dallas Cowboys as well as fantastic art work, and venue for a multitude of entertainment events) and Globe Life Park (home of the Texas Rangers), and tours are scheduled. And there will be plenty of opportunity to share the Texas experience with our out-of-state friends.

Registration is $275 through October 9, 2016. Go to the conference website for information on all the sessions, talks and tours.  If you only want to attend one day or specific dining events, partial registration is available.

We invite you to come to Texas, have a fun time, and gain more knowledge to pass on to others!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Announcement from the State EMG Corrdinators Office

Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course, Virginia Beach, VA -January 16-20, 2017

Hydroponic Greenhouse Production, Scottsville, VA - November 17, 2016

To view the PDF click here!

Japanese Gardens, Washington, VA - November 15, 2016

Grants for Food Garden Projects - Deadline: November 12

Virginia Fall Judging School, Dublin, VA - November 12, 2016

To view PDF click here!

Upcoming Eductional Events from Arlington/Alexandria

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Release of the Newsletter!

Registration is Now Open for the 2017 IMGC -- Portland, Oregon

To View the entire pdf click here

Registration for Home Gardener Day is Now Open! On Janurary 16, 2017 -- Virginia Beach

Urban Ag Field Day on October 20, 2016 -- Charlottesville, VA

Virginia Beach


So...You Wanna Bee a Beekeeper on October 3 - November 15