The 5th Street Albemarle County Office Building will be opening to the public starting Monday, July 12. Please follow all CDC guidelines involving face coverings. VCE employees and volunteers will be wearing masks when interacting with customers inside the building. Please contact our office (434-872-4580) for more information or for any questions regarding these Stage B opening guidelines.

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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This week’s topic:

Choosing Cover Crops

Question: What is the purpose of using a cover crop? Some cover crops are planted at different times of the year. How do I choose the right one for the time of year and when do I plant it? What…

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Upcoming PMG Programs & Events

Recording of “The Nature of Oaks” with Doug Tallamy

Purchase and view the recording of our June 3rd Webinar with Doug Tallamy for $15. With books like Bringing Nature Home and Nature’s Best Hope, Doug Tallamy has reshaped how we think about our lawns and gardens and has inspired...

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$15

Garden Basics: Lifelong Gardening

Gardening is fulfilling at any age. Learn how to adjust your garden plot and practices for changes in energy level and physical condition. Pick up tips for safety and helpful equipment. To reserve a spot in the program, register by October...

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Learn How to Become an Extension Master Gardener

This free information meeting provides an overview of how to take part in the 2022 training class for Extension Master Gardeners serving the Charlottesville-Albemarle County area. It will be at Northside Library, 705 West Rio Road, Charlottesville. For more information,...

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Learn How to Become an Extension Master Gardener

This free information meeting provides an overview of how to take part in the 2022 training class for Extension Master Gardeners serving the Charlottesville-Albemarle County area. It will be at the Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet. For more information,...

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Learn How to Become an Extension Master Gardener

This free information meeting provides an overview of how to take part in the 2022 training class for Extension Master Gardeners serving the Charlottesville-Albemarle County area. It will be at the Gordon Avenue Library, 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville. For more...

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Garden Basics: How to Plan for Sequence of Bloom in the Ornamental Garden

Most ornamental gardens look their best in the spring when everything is fresh and new. Keeping the garden looking interesting for the rest of the year can be more of a challenge. In this presentation, you will learn: Methods for...

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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. It is important to scout for this insect and report any potential findings here.
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