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PIEDMONT MASTER GARDENERS
SPRING LECTURE SERIES 2021 – VIRTUAL AND FREE
Thursday Evenings in March
March 4, 11, 18, 25
7:00 – 8:15 PM

Take advantage of this free educational opportunity just in time for spring! Check the Piedmont Master Gardeners Events page for more information, and to register for one session or more.

 

PIEDMONT MASTER GARDENERS
VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM AND FREE
Garden Basics Workshop: “Starting a Vegetable Garden”
Saturday, March 20
2:00 – 3:30 PM

Learn how to create a beautiful vegetable garden.

Fill out our registration form by 5:00 PM, March 15, to attend this Garden Basics workshop. An invitation for this Zoom presentation will be sent to your email address on the morning of March 20th.

Additional Virtual Garden Basics Workshops:

“Herb Gardening-Tips on Growing & Design”
Saturday, April 17
2:00 – 3:30 PM

“Tomatoes & Tomato Diseases”
Saturday, May 15
2:00 pm – 3:30 PM

Although these workshops are free, registration is required. See this LINK for more information and to register.

VIRGINIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
2021 ANNUAL WORKSHOP VIA ZOOM in TWO PARTS – -FREE
“Earth’s Climate: Present, Past, and Future”

The 2021 Workshop will focus on climate changes at different periods of time, how these changes might relate to our current climate, and inform our thoughts about today’s changes. Enjoy two evening workshops and find out how both the present and the past can inform our understanding of climate and climate change.

Tuesday, March 2 (Part 1)
Tuesday, March 9 (Part 2)

5:30 PM: Zoom Meet & Greet, Welcome and Introduction.
6:00 PM and 7:00 PM: Two consecutive presentation each evening.
See this LINK for program descriptions, and to register.

GROW NATIVE SERIES – VIRTUAL
THE PLANT VIRGINIA NATIVES PARTNERSHIP*
ALSO SPONSORED AND HOSTED BY LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN AND BLUE RIDGE PRISM
SIX LECTURES, FRIDAY, MARCH 5 – TUESDAY, MAY 6
6:30 – 8:00  PM

Learn about why and how to use native Virginia plants to your landscape in this series offered by the Plant Virginia Natives partnership. $10 covers the entire series. Attend each program or pick and choose your topics. These lectures will be on Tuesday evenings, except for the opening keynote lecture by Doug Tallamy on Friday evening, March 5.  See this LINK for more information and to register. Look for information on another series to be offered this fall to help you continue your efforts and prepare for the winter.

*The Plant Virginia Natives Landscaping with Natives webinar series is coordinated and funded, in part, by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program through grants from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN
“PLANNING AND DESIGNING A KITCHEN GARDEN”
Saturday, March 6
10:00 – 11:30 AM

Mark Ragland covers planning, preparation, and plant selection, in this virtual class conducted via Zoom. See this LINK for more information, fees, and to register.

NOTE: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is open for visitors Wednesday through Sunday but tickets must be purchased online in advance. See this LINK for more information on visiting.

NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE (NDAL)
“Ecology-Based Landscapes: A Virtual Education Series for Home Gardeners & Educators”

Thursday, March 11
1:00-2:30 PM EST
“The Future of the Past”

Friday, March 19
1:00-2:30 PM EST
“Native Meadows: Let’s Get Real”

Tuesday, March 23
1:00-2:30 PM EST
“Close Encounters With Nature: Native Design in the Residential Landscape”

“Prairie-side” Chats
Monday, March 15
1:00 – 2:00 PM EST
Larry Weaner Interviews Darrel Morrison, FASLA

See this link for more information and to REGISTER.

LOUDON COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS
11th ANNUAL GARDENING SYMPOSIUM – VIRTUAL
“PLANT, NURTURE, GROW: GARDENING IN RHYTHM WITH NATURE”
Saturday, March 20
9:00 AM -3:15 PM

Join us for a full day of online inspiration, information, and insight! This webinar will be recorded so you can watch all of it, some of it, or none of it on Saturday, March 20, and then access the recording for a 10-day-period after the event. Fee is $40. For more information and to register, see this link.

  • Ginger Woolridge, Landscape architect, garden consultant, and writer
    Woody Natives: Making Quick and Confident Choices
  • William Cullina, Otto Haas Executive Director, Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania
    Sugar, Sex, and Poisons: Shocking Plant Secrets Caught on Camera
  • Ira Wallace, Worker/owner of the cooperative Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
    Grow Great Vegetables in Virginia
  • Sam Droege, Wildlife Biologist, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS
    Introduction to the Native Bees of the Mid Atlantic

MT. CUBA CENTER VIRTUAL LECTURE SERIES

Lecture Topics for March include:

  • Shade-loving Perennials
  • Great Native Plants for Difficult Sites
  • IPMs and IPAs
  • Clean Composting
  • Spring Garden Saturday (3/27)
  • Home Landscaping Basics

See this link for a full list of lectures from March to mid-September, lecture dates, and registration. Mt. Cuba Center is a non-profit botanical garden located in Hockessin, Delaware near Wilmington. Its woodland gardens produce some of the most spectacular displays of wildflowers in the mid-Atlantic region. The botanical garden will reopen to the public on April 1. See this link for information on Mt. Cuba’s world-famous trial garden and study results.

ECOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE ALLIANCE
“Focus on Sustainability”
Wednesday, March 31
12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

Foliage & Focal Points: Ideas for Budgets and Gardens of All Sizes

With ideas for budgets and gardens of all sizes, you will quickly gain the confidence and knowledge to transform your own landscape into a cohesive series of eye-catching scenes.


Wednesdays in April, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

Proper Landscaping Planting: Are We Landscaping in a Deficit Model?
Wednesday, April 7
Maximizing Space in the Garden: Creating More of a Good Thing
Wednesday, April 14
Creating Community with Our Insect Neighbors
Wednesday, April 21
Going Underground: Unearthing the Role of Soil Organisms in Plant Health
Wednesday, April 28

See the highlighted session title links for more information and to register.

CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA TREE STEWARDS
FREE Classes via ZOOM Announced for first half of 2021

“Select, Plant, and Care for Trees”
Saturday, March 20
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Register here

“Tree identification by season: Spring
Tuesday evening, April 13
7:00 – 8:30  PM
Register here

These virtual classes are free, but if you would like to attend, we ask that you register. After you register, you will receive an email with a Zoom link a few days before the class.

ADDITIONAL CLASSES

Identify and Control Non-Native Invasive Plants,” Sunday, May 23, 2:00-4:00 PM
“Identify trees in summer,” Tuesday evening, 7:00-8:30 p.m.,  June 15.

See this LINK for information on when class registration begins.

MONARCH JOINT VENTURE
The 2021 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series
4th Tuesday of the Month *
2:00 PM EST

The Monarch Joint Venture is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center to put on another year full of informative and inspiring webinars on all things monarch. Webinars will be held live on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 2 PM ET. Each webinar will be recorded and for later viewing as well. Check on the session title to register.

March 23rd – Monarchs, Milkweed and Grassland Disturbance

Future Webinar Titles:

* The November and December dates have been moved to avoid conflicting with major holidays. Please note this list is subject to change. Their events page will have the most up to date information on the webinar series, as well as a calendar of additional monarch-related events, and information on recordings of past webinars.

THE NATURE FOUNDATION AT WINTERGREEN
March Guided Hikes

For information on guided hikes, difficulty ratings, and to register, please see this link to the March calendar.

Native Plants for Sale at The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen Greenhouse
725 Beech Grove Road, Roseland, VA 22967
Opening Saturday, April 3
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Call 434-325-7452 for more information. Most plants will be outside with limited access to space inside the greenhouse. Masks and social distancing are required. Call ahead for mid-week appointments after April 3. See this LINK for directions.

VIRGINIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION (VCE) VIDEO LIBRARY

VCE offers a variety of YouTube videos on topics geared to both beginner and more advanced gardeners. Examples of topics include:

Weed Identification
Basic Entomology and Insect Identification
Soil Testing Lab
Tree Risk Assessment

For these and many more videos that address specific topics or those of more general interest, see this link.

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