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 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 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.

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Paper registration forms will also be ready soon, please contact us at 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:
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

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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!