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NSV Master Gardener’s Garden Fest

19 May 2017

Through a partnership with the Virginia Extension Office, we chat with one of their extension agents or program directors on the third Friday of every month. Today, we were in the studio with Mark Sutphin, Agriculture and Natural Resources Associate Extension AgentMark works out of the VCE-Frederick County office but also serves Clarke, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties and is the lead agent working with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener volunteers. His guest was Master Gardener & President of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association, Cy Haley to talk about Garden Fest coming up on June 3rd from 8am til 3pm at Belle Grove in Middletown.

GardenFest is NSVMGA’s annual fundraiser & includes: Master Gardener grown plant sale; garden talks, displays & workshops; children’s activities, petting farm, sheep herding demonstration, Belle Grove house tours, an array of garden-centered vendors and non-profit organizations, raffles, music, & great food. Parking is free, event entry is free & families are welcome! Click here to download the flyer: GardenFest 2017 Flyer






Mark also filled us in on several other workshops & lectures happening throughout the Shenandoah Valley. You can download the flyers/schedule for those below.

NSVMGA and Belle Grove Plantation have teamed up to host a series of monthly lectures & workshops from April to October 2017. The topics, presented by MGs, will focus on home gardening and using what can be grown at home. Each monthly session will include a lecture followed by a workshop where students will put to use some new found ideas. Attendees will go home with creations that range from garden art and garden design ideas, to samples of herb dips, lavender craft, and Williamsburg-style holiday decorations. Most class fees are $25, although some classes have an additional materials fee. Preregistration is necessary to reserve your spot. For questions about registration contact Belle Grove at 540-869-2028 or info@bellegrove.org. Click here to download the flyer with more details: Barn Series

Secrets of the Garden Series at Handley Library: All presenters are members of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association. Free and open to the public. No registration required. Click here to download the flyer: Handley Garden Talks Poster 2017

Adventures in Gardening  This series will alternate monthly between the main county library in Edinburg (514 Stoney Creek Blvd.) and the branch library in New Market (160 E Lee St.). Fort Valley Nursery has kindly agreed to donate topic- or season-appropriate plants to be raffled off as door prizes each month, and there will be monthly seed and seedling giveaways as well! Click here to download the flyer: ShenCo Garden Talks Poster 2017

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