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Upcoming Events for Virginia

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Mid-March through April, Manassas
Virginia Bluebells in Season
Manassas National Battlefield Park

Each year, after the snow melts and the ground softens from the harsh winter, Virginia bluebells push their way through the warming soil to absorb sunlight before the tree leaves block them with shade. Take a walk on the boardwalk by Stone Bridge to enjoy the blossoms and the sounds of chorus frogs. No park entrance fee; park is open dawn to dusk. For more information, call 703-361-1339 or visit




April 21, Goochland
Spring in the Garden
Reynolds Community College

The Goochland-Powhatan Master Gardeners, in partnership with Reynolds Community College and
Virginia Cooperative Extension, present “Spring in the Garden.” This event will feature discussions by horticulturist and author Jeff Gillman, plant sales, vendors, and garden tours. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. For additional information and to register for the talks, visit


April 21, Yorktown
Sister Cities French Market
Riverwalk Landing

The 6th annual authentic French Market features all of your favorite French products and celebrates the spirit of the Saturday Market in Port-Vendres, France, Yorktown’s sister city since 1990. Traditional market products such as fresh-baked bread, pastries, chocolates, soaps, wine, and other fresh food items will be available for purchase. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For details, call 757-877-2933 or visit


April 21-22, Leesburg
28th Annual Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival
Downtown Leesburg

This festival features more than 130 vendors, including landscapers, gardening suppliers, plant sellers, outdoor furniture, and more. Event includes live music entertainment, activities for the kids, and delicious food. Rain or shine, Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information,  visit or call 703-777-1368.


April 21-28, Statewide
Historic Garden Week

Each spring visitors are welcome to explore more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes, and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This multi-day, statewide event provides visitors with a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 804-644-7776.


April 22, Hopewell
Annual AGC Tea
Weston Plantation

To celebrate Virginia Garden Week, the Appomattox Garden Club will host their 12th Annual Tea at Weston Manor from 3-5 p.m. Garden club members decorate the manor house with fresh spring flowers and serve as hostess. Come and enjoy a lovely and historic setting on the Appomattox River with special flower arrangements, great food, tea and punch. Tickets are required and cost $10. Contact the garden club at 804-458-1023 or 804-541-1184 or purchase tickets at the All Manor of Things Gift Shop, 804-458-4682. Visit for additional information.


April 22, Roanoke
Earth Day Roanoke Festival
Elmwood Park

Earth Day has been celebrated in Roanoke since 1990. Become a tree steward or master gardener. Volunteer with Roanoke’s many environmental organizations. Meet at the festival and learn what you, your friends, and family can do for the environment! For more information, visit


April 27-May 6, Winchester
Welcome Home to the Bloom
91st Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

More than 30 events are featured – including dances, luncheons, parades, band competitions, carnival, a 10K run, the coronation of Queen Shenandoah, firefighters’ events, a two-day craft show, fireworks, senior citizens and children’s’ activities, a car show, and celebrity appearances. Tickets for select events are available online at or by calling 540-662-3863.


April 28, Williamsburg
Native Plant Sale
Williamsburg Community Building

The John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will host the 11th Annual Williamsburg Native Plant Sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This event will offer over 100 species of native flowers, ferns, grasses, vines, shrubs, and small trees. There will be plants available to attract bees, birds, and butterflies and selections for all conditions. Plants are grown in members’ gardens and area nurseries. Visit for sale details or call 757-879-1997.


April 28, Richmond
Herbs Galore & More

Put on your gardening shoes, grab your little red wagon, and come out to the Marketplace on the Lawn for everyone’s favorite gardening extravaganza! Dozens of vendors from the mid-Atlantic fill Maymont’s Carriage House Lawn with every imaginable herb as well as annuals, perennials, trees, vegetables, and herbal products and crafts for this one-of-a-kind event. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The Marketplace is $5; free for Maymont members and children 16 and under. For more information, call 804-358-7168 or visit



May 3-5, Richmond
Spring PlantFest
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The garden’s plant sale is among the largest in the region with more than 40 vendors selling plants ranging from well-known favorites to rare exotics. All proceeds benefit the garden’s educational mission. Thursday/Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular garden admission. For more information, visit or call 804-262-9887.


May 4, Richmond
Annual Beer & Wine Classic
Maymont’s Carriage House Lawn

Beer and wine lovers are invited to Maymont’s Carriage House Lawn for the annual Beer & Wine Classic, presented by the Dooley Noted Society. From 7-10:30 p.m., guests will sip on some of Virginia’s finest beverages from 14 local breweries and wineries while enjoying delicious food, live music, lawn games, and a prop-filled photo booth. Tickets are $35 ($30 members; $15 for designated drivers). Proceeds benefit Maymont. Participants must be 21 years or older. For information and tickets, call 804-358-7166, ext. 330, or purchase online at


May 4-5, Richmond
Spring PlantFest
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

One of the most anticipated plant sales in the region, Spring PlantFest features top-quality and often hard-to-find plants, shrubs and trees available for sale. This year’s edition promises to be a great resource for everyone, from the beginning home gardener to Master Gardeners. Come to Lewis Ginter Garden at 1800 Lakeside Avenue in Richmond to join in the fun. You can find directions at or by calling (804) 262-9887.


May 5, Duffield
Seventh Annual Plant Sale
Natural Tunnel State Park

Choose from a variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Plants for sale have been grown in a greenhouse by the master gardeners.. If you are only attending this event, parking is free. If spending time in the park after the event, parking is $4 per vehicle. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 276-940-2674, email, or visit

May 5, Charlottesville
Spring Plant Sale with Gardeners Help Desk
IX Art Park

Prepare for spring planting with a great horticultural event where a huge selection of perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, native plants, and houseplants grown by the Piedmont Master Gardeners will be for sale. Tree stewards will be on hand with a wonderful selection of young trees. Decorative garden items will also be available. Free admission. 9 a.m.-noon. For additional information, visit or call the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Albemarle Office at 434-872-4580.


May 5, Lynchburg
18th Annual Festival of Gardening
Riverside Park

Hill City Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free seminars: How Does My Garden Grow? Exploring Ornamental Gardening in the Piedmont Area, and A Country Cottage Garden in Forest, Virginia. Free demonstrations: beekeeping, irrigation, straw bale gardening, rain barrels, and composting with worms. Great plants for sale including annuals, vegetables (including heirlooms), herbs, tropicals, and more. Visit for additional information.


May 5 (rain date May 6), Carrollton
Second Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale
Blackwater Regional Library-Carrollton

Western Tidewater Master Gardeners will provide a bounty of gardening advice and a superb assortment of plants for your home garden. Select from a variety of perennials, natives, pollinator plants, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, and trees. Master naturalists, beekeepers, and butterfly advocates will also be there. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call the library with questions at 757-238-2641 or visit the WTMG Facebook page: for additional information. Bring your wagon and wear your garden boots!

May 5-6, Norfolk
Spring Town Point Wine Festival
Town Point Park

The 12th annual festival invites visitors to sample over 200 wines from more than 30 statewide wineries, allowing you to get the full Virginia wine experience without weeks of travel. Dine on gourmet food samples, shop specialty merchants, and enjoy live performances in downtown Norfolk during this two-day festival. Pick your favorites and take home a few wines by the bottle or the case to enjoy throughout the year. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. For online tickets or additional info, visit

May 12-13, Boyce
29th Annual Garden Fair
Blandy Experimental Farm

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the State Arboretum of Virginia. This event, sponsored by the foundation, features native plants, small trees, garden art, and other items for sale. Free children’s activities. The cost is $15 per carload (pay online for a discount). 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days. For more information, visit or call 540-837-1758.

May 12-13, Richmond
Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Enjoy the popular butterflies LIVE! exhibit, live music, Children’s Garden activities, shopping, dining, and more. Regular garden admission applies. For event times, visit or call 804-262-9887.

May 19, Front Royal
33rd Annual Virginia Wine & Craft Festival
Main and Chester Streets

Enjoy wine tastings from over 20 of Virginia’s best wineries. Over 100 artisans and crafters from all over the East Coast display fine handmade jewelry, candles, pottery, art, wood and iron works. There will be regional foods available, including the best BBQ in the Shenandoah Valley, or step inside one of the many restaurants located at the event site. Children can enjoy rides, games, and face painting. Live entertainment will please everyone’s taste. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $25 May 18 or $30 at the gate for those who wish to sample the wine. Free parking. Visit for additional information.

May 27, Lynchburg
Decoration Day
Old City Cemetery

Bring cut flowers from home to place on veterans’ graves in commemoration of Memorial Day, a local tradition since 1866. This event, sponsored by the Southern Memorial Association, will be 3-4 p.m. For more information, call 434-847-1465 or visit




June 2, Middletown
Belle Grove Plantation

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners will host Gardenfest, an extensive plant sale of MG homegrown plants as well as a full array of gardening vendors. Native plants, pollinator plants, shrubs, trees, herbs, and vegetables will be featured as well as delightful children’s activities and garden speakers. The 4-H will have food for sale and other wonderful treats will be available. Opens at 8 a.m. Visit for more information.


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.