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Upcoming Events for Virginia
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March, Daily Charlottesville
Garden and Grounds Tours
Explore Jefferson’s lifelong interest in gardening, botany, and agriculture while enjoying the beauty and variety of Monticello’s restored flower and vegetable gardens, grove, and orchards. Monticello interpreters lead these 45-minute walking tours offering historical background, plant identification, and stories about the gardens along the way. Reservations for this tour are not required. Tours begin near the South Pavilion on Monticello’s West Lawn. For ticket details and hours, call 434-984-9800 or visit monticello.org/site/visit/tours/gardens-and-grounds-tours.
Native Plant Guide for Southeast Virginia
John Clayton Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society
Discover featured Southeast Virginia native plants (perennials, ground covers, ferns, vines, grasses, shrubs, and trees) in the new release of the Native Plant Guide. Learn how to select the right native plants and place them in the right place. Explore plant growing conditions and invasive plants to avoid. Find and download the free guide from johnclayton/books-and-guides.
March 3-4 and 10-11, Clarksville
22nd Hellebore Festival
Pine Knot Farms
Discover the beauty of these low-maintenance, winter-blooming plants and learn how to care for hellebores from experts Judith and Dick Tyler at Pine Knot Farms. Hellebores and companion plants are available for purchase. For more information call 434-252-1990 or visit pineknotfarms.com.
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Williamsburg
Friday Morning Gardeners
Williamsburg Botanical Garden
Join garden experts working in the Herb, Heirloom, Butterfly, Native Plant, Bulb, and Therapy Gardens, and the Perennial Border, Old Pine Woods, Wetlands, or Meadow. Time is 8-11 a.m. For more event information, visit williamsburgbotanicalgarden.org.
March 3-5, Virginia Beach
24th Annual Outdoor Show “Flower Power”
McDonald Garden Center
Kick off your spring surrounded by beautiful blooms and outdoor living essentials. Discover Hampton Roads’ premier home and garden vendors. You’ll enjoy three exciting days full of inspiration around every corner with more than 75 exhibits sure to awaken your spring senses. Admission is free. The hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the 1144 Independence Blvd address. For information, visit mcdonaldgardencenter.com or call 757-464-5564.
March 4, Boyce
The Genius of Birds
State Arboretum of Virginia
Join acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman in exploring the newly discovered brilliance of birds, an illustrated talk on her new book. 2-4 p.m. Book signing follows. Cost is $20 for FOSA members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations required by calling 540-837-1758, ext. 224 or visit blandy.virginia.edu.
March 10, Norfolk
Floral Design Workshop – Spring Fling
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Make impressive high-style floral designs to celebrate the changing of the seasons with floral designer Betty Ann Galway. Flowers chosen for each arrangement will highlight what should and could grow in your garden seasonally. Supplies included. Cost is $40 for members, $55 for nonmembers. 10-11:30 a.m. Register by visiting norfolkbotanicalgarden.org or call 757-441-5830.
March 11, Boyce
Winter Nature Camp – Young Naturalist Program
State Arboretum of Virginia
As days get longer and spring approaches, the natural world changes in dramatic ways. Use all senses to search for emerging insects, calling birds and frogs, budding plants, and more. Kids are outside for most of the session exploring nature in winter. The Young Naturalist Program is a nature-based program for kids in grades 1-6. Time for grades 1-3 is 9-11:30 a.m. and grades 4-6 12:30-3 p.m. The cost is $20 for members or $25 nonmembers. For additional information, visit blandy.virginia.edu/ or call 540-837-1758.
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. The bluebells put on an extravagant show by carpeting the forest floor in blue, violet, and pink splendor. 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 additional information,
call 703-361-1339 or visit nps.gov/mana/index.htm.
March 28, Boyce
Fairy Shrimp & Fire Lizards
State Arboretum of Virginia
Join master naturalist Hannah Bement for a discussion of the magic world of vernal pools. The event cost is $10 for members or $12 nonmembers. The time is 6-7:30 p.m. Reservations required by calling 540-837-1758 or visit blandy.virginia.edu.
April 8, Smithfield
Wine & Brew Fest
Windsor Castle Park
Experience everything that “Gen-u-Wine” Smithfield has to offer. Over 100 different types of wine & brew tastings, live music on three stages and authentic food and retail vendors. Festival event is for adults 21 & up only. No infants, babies, or pets. The time is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission tickets are $45. Visit smithfieldvawinebrewfest.com or call 757-357-5182 for more information.
April 21-22, Harrisonburg
Native Plant Sale
James Madison University, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
Celebrate Arbor Day by attending this native plant sale. Then wander an intricate trail system through fascinating exhibits in 125 acres of arboretum, including a mature oak and hickory forest, daffodil garden, and fern valley. Don’t miss the herb garden, wetlands and experimental planting area featuring hybrid azaleas. The event is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 540-568-3194 or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum for information.
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