The Piedmont Master Gardener Association provides research-, science-based gardening information to the community of Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville.

Here you will find our calendar of gardening events, resources to answer your gardening questions, a lively and topical monthly newsletter (The Garden Shed), a list of our projects and community partners, and information on how to become a Piedmont Master Gardener.

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Ask a Master Gardener
Ask a Master Gardener posts go live on our Facebook every month. This month’s topic:

Understanding Organic Gardening

Question: What is Organic Gardening? Many of us are interested in organic gardening as a way to produce healthy fruits and vegetables in an environmentally responsible way. Definitions of this type of gardening vary but are all based on the…

Upcoming PMG Programs & Events

Garden Basics: Insects

Insects are an important part of your landscape. Recognize the value of a diverse insect population in your garden community. You will learn: to identify common insects in your garden; the life history of different insects; how to appreciate and...

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Garden Basics: The Fall Vegetable Garden

Vegetable gardening does not need to stop when the weather turns cool. Discover how you can extend your harvest through the fall. You will learn about: when to start your fall garden; cool weather crops; overwintering. Garden Basics classes are...

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Garden Basics: Love Food, Hate Waste

Examine the problem of wasted food—how much goes to waste, why waste happens, and why waste matters—and how to keep the valuable resources used to produce and distribute food from ending up in landfills. You will learn: strategies to reduce...

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Garden Basics: Why and How to Reduce Chemical Use in Your Yard and Garden

Integrated Pest Management is a great approach to creating a resilient garden and healthy home landscape. You will learn: why reducing chemical use is important; the basic issues with commonly used insecticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers; how to follow Integrated...

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For more information on any of our events, visit our Events page.

Disease & Pest Spotlight
Spotted Lanternfly adults, nymphs, and egg masses
A potentially very serious pest of grapes, peaches, hops and a variety of other crops, the spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, was detected in Albemarle County, Virginia in July 2021. As of June 15th 2022, Albemarle County has been placed in a Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine. It is important to scout for this insect and report any potential findings, if you believe you have seen a spotted lantern fly please fill out this form. To read more about the spotted lantern fly click here.


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