Saturday, February 20, 2010

Spring Garden Fest - April 24, 2010 Goochland Powhatan Master Gardener Association

The Goochland-Powhatan Master Gardeners in cooperation with
present
A Gardening Festival 
classes
Featuring 
workshops
demonstrations
displays
ask the experts
plant vendors
garden vendors
food for sale

Saturday, April 24, 2010
8:30 am –4:00 pm 
Held at 
Register in advance for classes or 
just stop by to shop, browse, and learn.
Call 804-556-5841 or visit gpmga.org  

Annual Spring Garden Fest   April 24, 2010     Class Descriptions
Session 1 9:30 am – 10:50 am

1A Flowering Shrubs through the Seasons
Michael Wallace – Earthscapes Owner, Certified Horticulturist, Grower of Rare Succulents &  Unusual Plants
There are flowering shrubs that enhance landscapes in every season of the year. Participants will learn about both common and unusual flowering shrubs, their characteristics, growing needs, and care.

1B Using Hardscape in the Landscape
Eric Evans – VCE Horticulture Program Associate, Custom Landscape Solutions Owner
Participants will learn how the use of hardscape can enhance the landscape as well as help solve problems. The types of commonly available hardscape materials and their appropriate applications will be discussed along with their relative merits with regard to cost and ease of use.


1D Trees for Eden – Small Ornamental Trees for the Home Landscape
John Wise – Horticultural Adjunct Professor and Propagator
This class will offer examples of small trees appropriate for the private landscape. You will see what they look like and learn about their growing needs to enable you to choose just the right tree and location for beautiful results.


1E Perennials for Central Virginia: Selection and Propagation
Lisa Sanderson – Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent, Henrico County
Participants will be exposed to a variety of perennials that are suitable for central Virginia, their features and characteristics, environmental requirements and sustainability, as well as information on best methods of propagation.


1F Planning Ahead for Successful Berry Growing
Michael Lachance – Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Nelson County
Want succulent berries as part of your landscape? Learn all about land preparation, plant selection, and planting considerations for small fruit growing. Special emphasis in this class will be on blueberries, strawberries, and cane berries.


1G Workshop: Container Gardening with Flowers – Design and Care Basics
Melinda CrouchMelinda.s Garden and Designs, LLC
Specializing in Container Gardens, Landscape Design and Consultation
Learn how to design and care for beautiful flower container gardens with the use of plant color, textures,shapes, and sizes. In this workshop you will create a flowering container garden to take home. Container, plants, and soil will be provided for a materials fee of $10.


1H Workshop: Making Hypertufa Containers
Charles Cassell – Retired Civil Engineer, Active Gardener
Hypertufa (pronounced hie-per-Too-fuh) is a type of lightweight, artificial stone with the look of real stone. Participants will be given recipes for making hypertufa containers, tips on how to handle the mixture, and safety considerations. One pot will be created in this workshop to take home along with the knowledge and skill to make more. All supplies will be provided for a materials fee of $5.


Sixth Annual Spring Garden Fest        April 24, 2010     Class Descriptions

Session 2 11:00 am – 12 noon

2A Hydrangeas: An Introduction to Their Diversity and Cultural Requirements
 Richard Waiton – Master Gardener, Tour Guide at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Get the scoop so that you can choose hydrangeas best suited to your garden situation and grow them successfully. The four distinctly different species of shrub hydrangeas which are adapted to Virginia will be described and compared. You will be given examples of varieties of each type and review their differences in bloom, growth habit, soil type, sun exposure, pruning, and other cultural requirements.

2B Garden Renovations  David Seward – JSRCC Horticulture Program Head
Have some tired, overgrown, or not so good looking landscaping that could use a boost? Learn the thought processes that go into a garden renovation. Plant removal, renovation pruning, and new plant selections will be discussed.

2C Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening  Laura Mallinak & Gail Murphy – Gardeners Trained at JSRCC and Using Sustainable Agricultural Practices in Their Own Home Gardens of 144 sq. ft. in Richmond and 250 sq. ft. in Varina Learn the basics of growing vegetables organically. Topics presented will be: soil testing, soil prep (tilling, digging, double digging, raised beds), cover crops, crop rotation, transplanting, season extension, companion planting and attracting beneficial insects, and composting.

2D Native Plants in the Virginia Landscape  Stu Doetzer – Horticulturist  
Are you always on the lookout for beautiful plants that will do well in our area? This class will provide in depth information on many native woody plants that can easily be incorporated into Central Virginia landscapes.

2E Composting Your Organic Kitchen Waste with Worms 
Susan Davis – Master Gardener, VNLA Certified Horticulturist
Learn how to recycle your organic kitchen scraps into a dark, rich compost that your plants will love. Learn about Red Wigglers, their life cycle, what to feed them, how they turn kitchen scraps into compost, how to use this compost, and how a worm bin is built and cared for in the home. Note: There is no workshop fee if participants just want information. To actually make a worm bin to take home, please select Class 2EW below and include the materials fee with registration.

2EW Make a Worm Bin Workshop: Composting Your Organic Kitchen Waste with Worms
 Susan Davis – Master Gardener
For a materials fee of $35, participants will learn everything as listed in class 2E above, and will build their very own Worm Bin filled with happy worms ready to start feasting. All needed materials and a pound of worms will be supplied. So, if you want to actually assemble a worm bin to take home, please enter 2EW on the registration form and include the $35 materials fee with your registration.

2F New Landscaping Products on the Market – Seeds, Fertilizers, Pesticides & Weed Control
 Eddie Wirt – Landscaping Consultant & Sales
Learn about new items available and how to use them: new seed varieties, pesticides, and weed control products. Also find out why there are different varieties of fertilizer and when it is appropriate to use each.

2G Workshop: Container Gardening with Herbs – Design and Care Basics
 Melinda CrouchMelinda.s Garden and Designs, LLC
 Specializing in Container Gardens, Landscape Design and Consultation Learn how to design and care for beautiful herb container gardens for form and function. In this workshop you will create an herb container garden to take home. Container, plants, and soil will be provided for a materials fee of $10.

Sixth Annual Spring Garden Fest        April 24, 2010     Class Descriptions

Session 3 1:00 pm – 2:20 pm

 3A Selection and Care of Trees to Promote Health and Beauty - Getting Started Right!
 Joel Koci – BS & MS Horticulture, Certified Arborist, Commercial Arborist - What do you look for at the garden center when selecting a tree to buy? How do you plant and care for a new tree to promote its health and beauty? This class will focus on selecting, planting, and caring for young trees. Learn about mulching, watering, fertilizing, pruning, and proper training.

3B Simply Beautiful – Easier Ways to a Beautiful Landscape
Karen Shipp Kelly – Landscape Designer, Shipp & Wilson - This class will introduce ways to create a landscape tailored to your time, money and energy level! You will get “do-it-right-the-first-time” hints from an instructor with 25 years of design/build landscape contracting experience.

3C Landscaping with Edible Plants  Lisa Dearden - Executive Director – Center for Rural Culture, Horticulturist, Master Gardener - Landscaping with edible plants is called „Foodscaping.. Learn how to grow a variety of edible plants in
your own backyard without chemicals. Save money, conserve water and energy, improve the soil, and have FUN growing food!

3D Hands-On Pruning Techniques  Stu Doetzer – Horticulturist Participants will learn when to prune, and the pruning techniques which will keep plants healthy and shapely. There will be hands-on practice on the grounds of the college. To learn by doing, please bring hand pruners if available and dress with the weather in mind to enjoy the outdoors.

 3E Feed the Soil – Not the Plant: A Guide for Backyard Composting  Janet Queisser – Master Gardener; B. S. in Biology from Virginia Tech - Learn the what, when, where, why and how of making and using compost right in your own backyard. You will learn exactly what compost is, its benefits especially as a soil amendment, how to assemble a
compost pile and accelerate the composting process, and many different techniques you can use to decompose organic material. Also included will be an overview of compost bins, frames, and other containers.

3F Practical Plant Propagation for Home Gardeners  Kelly Stuart – Grower of Flowers and Herbs, Medical Doctor, Seminary Student -The class is divided into sections of lecture and hands-on propagation. Participants will learn basic information via a propagation overview and methods of home propagation which will include seed gathering. In the hands-on portion, there will be an emphasis on taking cuttings of plants that yield “more bang for the buck.” Students will have the opportunity to use propagation techniques and take their work home. Plant medium, cuttings, and containers will be provided. There is no materials fee for this class. Participants are asked to bring hand pruners or clippers if available.

3J Rain Barrel & Beyond – Ways to Harvest and Use Rainwater  Eric Evans – VCE Horticulture Program Associate, Custom Landscape Solutions Owner Explore a variety of ways that rainwater can be captured so that it can be used in the landscape and not wasted as run-ff or pollution to nearby streams. Note: There is no workshop fee if participants just want information. To actually make a rain barrel to take home, please select Class 3JW below and include the materials fee with registration.

 3JW Build a Rain Barrel Workshop: Rain Barrel & Beyond – Ways to Harvest and  Use Rainwater
 Eric Evans – VCE Horticulture Program Associate, Custom Landscape Solutions Owner For a materials fee of $45, participants will learn everything as listed in class 3J above, and will build their very own Rain Barrel to take home. All needed materials will be supplied. So, if you want to actually assemble a rain barrel to take home, please enter 3JW on the registration form and include the $45 materials fee with your registration. Participants will need a vehicle large enough to transport the 50 gallon rain barrels home on Fest day.


As some of you know, I am doing my Master Gardener Training this year which is really exciting for me. This event is one of many where I will be volunteering to get my required service hours.

I hope that anyone reading this who is somewhat local plans to attend. I do know that many of the classes fill up right away so get your registrations in quickly if you want to take a class!  This is also a place to get some very reasonably priced plants!

2 comments:

Jeanne said...

Hi Colleen! Will you be at the Goochland event? I'm thinking of going...near enough my birthday that I can ask hubby to come with me as a present.

Colleen Wms said...

I will definitely be there! I will need to work at it to get a chunk of my required service hours in. I am a master gardener intern right now taking classes and have a lot of service hours to do this first year & this event offers a lot of opportunity for that. It'll be great to meet you if you can come out! I'll have your book by then and get your autograph ;-)!