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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, Glen Allen
Lavender in Bloom
Lavender Fields Herb Farm

The replanted lavender field with 200+ lavender plants is best enjoyed in early to mid-June when it’s a peak bloom. The field is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Entrance fee to the Lavender Field is $6 per person, including 20 freshly cut lavender stems and sample lavender ice cream. Family entrance is $24 per family, including 80 fresh cut lavender stems and four sample lavender ice creams. Children 3 and under admitted free. Join a guided tour at 11 a.m. to learn about the lavender plant and the oil and flowers it produces. For more information, call 804-262-7167 or visit


June, Richmond
Discover Gardens of Jefferson’s Boyhood
Tuckahoe Plantation

Take a self-guided tour of Tuckahoe Plantation’s pleasure and vegetable gardens where heirloom varieties, native plants, and plants similar to those originally brought from England are showcased. Tuckahoe Plantation, a National Historic Landmark, is the childhood home of Thomas Jefferson, so many Jeffersonian plants are featured in the gardens. The site is open daily, except when private events are scheduled. Contact 804-971-8329 or visit to schedule guided garden or plantation home tours. Admission required.

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



July Daily, Lexington
Self-Guided Garden Tours
Boxerwood Gardens

Features hundreds of trees and flowering shrubs on 15 acres, Boxerwood has a mature collection of rare and native trees and shrubs. The PlayTrail, a nature playground designed especially for youngsters, gives children the chance to learn about nature in a very unique way. Open daily dawn-dusk. For more information, visit or call 540-463-2697.

July Saturdays, 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. 10-11 a.m. For more information, call 434-847-1465 or visit

July, Alexandria
Visiting River Farm
American Horticultural Society Headquarters

The natural beauty of this 25-acre historic site overlooking the Potomac River is enhanced by a blend of formal and naturalistic gardens, including woodlands, a meadow, and award-winning children’s gardens. River Farm is the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society and an idyllic escape within the D.C. area. The gardens are open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is free (except special events). Donations are appreciated. The Garden Shop is open Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit for additional information.

July 4, Fredericksburg
Fourth of July at George Washington’s Boyhood Home
Ferry Farm

Visit Washington’s boyhood home along the Rappahannock River. These 113+ acres of trees and meadows are home to numerous species of birds, insects, and mammals. The Discovery Garden contains many herbs, vegetables, and fruits that were grown in the 18th century. For more information, visit or call 540-370-0732.

July 4, Charlottesville
56th Annual Independence Day Celebration
Monticello’s West Lawn

Join this special celebration on July 4 to celebrate “the great birthday of our republic” and experience the Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello. Celebration time is 9 a.m.-noon. Following the ceremony, join the Jeffersonian Open House with free walk-through tours from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 434-984-9800.

July 5, 12, 19, 26, Richmond
Flowers after 5
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Relax on Thursday evenings throughout the summer at Flowers After 5. Stroll through the gardens and enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining, and shopping. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Admission: $13 adults, $11 seniors 55+, $8 children 3-12. Children under 3 free. Free for members. Food available for purchase. Find event activities posted on or call 804-262-9887.


July 7, Gloucester
Deer-Resistant Gardening Walk
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

Learn what types of plants are deer resistant and how best to utilize them in the garden. Discuss tricks of the trade for dealing with deer and other garden critters. Walk begins at 10:30 a.m. For details on this walk and other events, visit or call 804-693-3966.

July 14, Williamsburg
The Magic Metamorphosis of Butterflies
Freedom Park Interpretive Center

Learn how butterflies start as tiny eggs and the stages they go through before becoming beautiful flying creatures. MG Judith Alberts will describe the life cycle and metamorphosis of butterflies through pictures and living examples from her own butterfly nursery. She will also explain how even the smallest garden can bring butterflies into your backyard. Children of all ages are invited to this free program ($5 WBG donation is appreciated). 10-11 a.m. Register by emailing Visit for details.

July 14, Richmond
Behind the Scenes
Maymont Nature Center

Walk through the employees-only door for a special peek at the inner workings of the Maymont Nature Center. Thirteen aquariums and more than 200 animals require more care than meets the eye. For ages 5 and older and adult must accompany child. Register at the visitor center desk on the day of the program. Groups of 5 or more must register in advance. Price is $3 for members, $6 for non-members. 1:30-2 p.m. For additional activity information, call 804-358-7168 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, 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


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.