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.

Join us in adopting sustainable living practices!
Shown above are three ways you can become a better steward of the environment: Apply for a Healthy Virginia Lawns visit to learn how to improve your lawn while reducing unnecessary chemical use that can harm local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. Begin composting to create a valuable additive to your soil while keeping waste out of landfills. Add native plants to your landscape to support pollinators and other wildlife and to build healthy ecosystems.
Ask a Master Gardener
Ask a Master Gardener posts go live on our Facebook every month. This month’s topic:

Alternatives to Burning Bush

Question: The burning bush (Euonymus alatus) is a bush of choice in many neighborhoods. I’ve heard that I shouldn’t plant it because it’s invasive. Why and what are some alternatives? With its striking bright red or purplish fall foliage, red…

Upcoming PMG Programs & Events

PMG Speakers Bureau: Wintertime De-icing Solutions That Reduce Potential Impacts

The Center at Belvedere will host an in-person presentation by the Piedmont Master Gardeners on “Wintertime De-icing Solutions That Reduce Potential Impacts.” Participants will learn about smart choices for dealing with snow and ice that can reduce the impacts traditional...

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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 lanternfly, please fill out this form. To read more about the spotted lanternfly, click here.


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