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Upcoming Events for Virginia

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Through October, Surry
Pick-Your-Own Schedule
College Run Farms

Come pick fresh strawberries in late May, blueberries June-July, sweet corn July-early August, and pumpkins and gourds in late September-October. No fee to visit the farm, simply pay for the produce you pick. You can also purchase homemade ice cream, have a snack or lunch in the picnic area, and visit the gift shop. Contact the family farm with specific questions at 757-294-3970 or visit for the crop calendar.


June-August, Lynchburg
Summer Saturdays in the Graveyard
Old City Cemetery

Free guided walking tours held every Saturday of the summer highlight points of interest and seasonal beauty on the grounds from 10-11 a.m. For more information, call 434-847-1465 or visit


August-November, Richmond
Historic Walking Tours
Hollywood Cemetery on the James

These educational tours focus on the history of the cemetery, the many famous personalities that are buried here, and the landscape. Highlight tours are held on a daily basis and specialty tours are scheduled throughout each month. For more information, call 804-649-0711, ext. 301 or visit


August 1-September 30, Blacksburg
Simply Elemental 2018
Hahn Horticulture Garden

Simply Elemental is an outdoor multi-artist installation held annually at Virginia Tech’s beautiful Hahn Horticulture Garden. This year will include both visual and performing arts throughout the 6-acre garden. For more information about the event, call 540-231-5970 or visit

August 18, Gloucester
National Honeybee Day
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

Join the Colonial Beekeepers Association to celebrate National Honeybee Day. Beekeepers will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about beekeeping. Bee products will be available for purchase. There will be honey tastings, children’s activities, and hive demonstrations. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For details about this event and more, visit or call 804-693-3966.

August 20, Virginia Beach
Is Your Landscape Plant Sick?
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library

Join VCE Master Gardener Sherry Kern to learn how to determine what’s wrong with your plant, what you can or cannot do about it, and realistic expectations. This free gardening talk will be held at 7 p.m. For more information, call the help desk at 757-385-8156 or visit


August 25, Richmond
Family Scavenger Hunt
Maymont Grounds

Explore Maymont’s 100-acre estate in a whole new way! Crack secret codes for clues and use maps and riddles to find your way around the estate in this family-friendly scavenger hunt. Different difficulty levels are available. Ages 4 and older. Adult must accompany child. Limited space for walk-ups. Register online. Price is $15 per family and $12 members (up to four people). 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 804-358-7168 or visit


August 25, Virginia Beach
Beneficial Insects in the Home Garden
Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market

Join Karen Green, VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardener, to discover beneficial insects, their identities and role in pollination and ecological balance. 9-10:30 a.m. For more information, call the help desk at 757-385-8156 or visit




September 1, Montpelier Station
Historic Landscape Tour
James and Dolly Madison’s Montpelier

Peel back 250 years of landscaping one layer at a time to learn how the grounds of Montpelier evolved through generations of owners from a working plantation to a treasure trove of champion trees and unique plantings. Free tour begins at 1 p.m. Mansion grounds, visitor’s center, and walking trails are open daily. House tours are $20 for adults. For details, call 540-672-2728 or visit

September 1-30, Suffolk
Lake Drummond Wildlife Drive
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Vehicle access to Lake Drummond via the Railroad Ditch Entrance is open every day in September, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The gate will close one hour earlier to allow all vehicles to leave the area on time. The required self-serve permit and fee envelope can be found at the Permit Station on Railroad Ditch Road, ½ mile from the entry gate. All vehicles must pay a $5 daily fee for entry to the Wildlife Drive for touring or for boating. Other payment options can be found at the Permit Station. For more information, call 757-986-3705 or visit

September 1, Glen Allen
Farm Tour
Lavender Fields Herb Farm

Join us for an inside peek of our retail and commercial operations. This walking farm tour includes our farm history, a stop by the beehives, and seeing our greenhouses that produce over 300,000 USDA-certified organic herb and vegetable plants each year. Each adult enjoys a free ice cream upon completion. This is an outside walking tour, so dress accordingly. Children 3 and under free. The tour begins at 10 a.m. with a $7 registration fee. Call 804-262-7167 or visit for details.

September 8, Alexandria
Celebrate Honeybee Day
Green Spring Gardens

Where would we be without the honeybee? Celebrate this wondrous insect with the Northern Virginia Beekeepers Association from 10 a.m.-noon. Meet a beekeeper, see inside a beehive, learn a bee dance, do a bee scavenger hunt, learn how bees are important to our food supply, and get tips on how you can help honeybees. This is a free event; registration not required. Call 703-941-7987 or visit for highlights.


September 8, Charlottesville
Through the Garden Gate
2000 Hessian Road

9am-Noon $5.00 admission. Tour these enchanting private gardens featuring over 25 varieties of Japanese Maple trees. Hosted by Piedmont Master Gardeners. VCE 804-872-4580


September 8, Gloucester
Fall Blooming Bulbs Garden Walk
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

As summer fades to autumn, see how our fall blooming bulbs and grasses begin to take over the garden show during the Garden Walk beginning at 10:30 a.m.. Learn how you can plant now for color this fall and in many years to come. These are as close as you can get to “instant gratification” in the bulb world. Call Denise Hutchins on 804-693-3966, ext. 109, for more information or visit for event listings.

September 16, Middletown
Fall into Spring
Belle Grove Plantation

Get a head start on your spring garden with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association. Learn how to save and store your vegetable and flower seeds, plan next year’s garden to attract birds and pollinators, take steps to certify your own garden as a wildlife habitat, create fall decor with natural materials, and make your own garden objects. Enjoy programs, workshops, and talks for all ages. Watch for upcoming announcements at or email for more information.


September 24, Duffield
Full Moon Hike
Natural Tunnel State Park

Enjoy a guided hike to the gazebo and be a part of a unique experience at Natural Tunnel. You’ll have the opportunity to watch the moon rise over the mountains and hear stories about the thrilling nightlife. This 1.2-mile hike will take place along a semi-moderate trail. Sturdy hiking shoes and a flashlight are recommended. Dress for the weather. Event begins at the Blockhouse Parking Lot. 7:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or registration, call 276-940-2674 or visit

September 22-23, Newport News
Fall Native Plant Sale
Virginia Living Museum

Choose from an array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites and styles, from wet ponds to dry rock gardens. Many are excellent plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife. The sale will be held in the Conservation Garden. The museum’s knowledgeable horticulture staff will be on hand to answer questions, discuss the benefits of native plants, and help with any particular gardening situations. All plants are nursery propagated; many are not available in the commercial nursery trade. Sale held rain or shine, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 757-595-1900 or visit

September 22, Gloucester
Gloucester Wine Festival
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

Join us from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. to taste top Virginia wines and fine foods. Learn more about the art of wine and tastings, shop with local artisans and vendors, and listen to live music while strolling the grounds of the internationally acclaimed Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. General parking is located at the Ware Academy with shuttles to the festival site. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door). For more information, visit


September 29, Appomattox
Bats and Bugs: Gardening on the Wilder Side
Holiday Lake 4-H Center

The 2018 theme of VMGA’s annual education day is “Bats and Bugs: Gardening on the Wilder Side,” featuring speakers on wildflowers, insects, bats in the garden, and a humorous talk on what really goes on behind your back out in the yard. Preregistration is required. Cost is $45 with onsite buffet lunch included. Non-VMGA attendees will be charged an extra $5 to help with expenses. For more information, contact Erica Jones at 540-544-7359 or email


State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.