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Upcoming Events for Virginia

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May 3 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 6-10 p.m., guests will sip beverages from Virginia’s finest local breweries, cideries and wineries while enjoying delicious food, live music, lawn games and a prop-filled photo booth. Tickets are $40 ($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 3-4 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. Presented by garden volunteers. 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 Alexandria
Ribbon Roses Workshop
Green Spring Gardens

10am-noon. (Adults) Roses made of ribbons make beautiful and enduring gifts. Hear snippets of ribbon history while crafting your own ribbon rose. Then incorporate it into a gift for Mother’s Day, or just for yourself! Supplies included and refreshments served. Class meets at the Historic House. $28/person. Register online at using code AC9.3578 or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

May 4 Duffield
8th Annual Plant Sale
Natural Tunnel State Park

Kick off your gardening season at the plant sale. The Scott County Master Gardeners will help you with gardening tips and selecting plants. Choose from a variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers. Plants have been grown in a greenhouse all winter long by the Master Gardeners. Find your Mother's Day gift right here. Time is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Visitors Center location. For more information, call 276-940-2674, email or visit

May 4 Charlottesville
Spring Plant Sale with Gardeners Help Desk
Tent at Stonefield

The Piedmont Master Gardeners and the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will host their annual plant sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine and includes annuals, perennials, pollinators, herbs, veggies, shrubs, native plant selections, houseplants and trees. There will be a help desk for your gardening questions, a tool and knife sharpener and a green elephant sale. Save the date for this great gardening event. For additional information, visit or call 434-242-3497.

May 4 Lynchburg
19th Annual Festival of Gardening
Riverside Park

Hill City Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free seminars and demonstrations will be available. Festival features great plants for sale from annuals, vegetables (including heirlooms), herbs and tropical plants to an array of unusual cultivars. Visit or call 434-455-3740 for additional information.  

May 10 Alexanria
Garden Talk-Purple Plants to Punch up the Garden
Green Spring Gardens

1:30-2:30pm. (Adults) Punch up your garden with purple.  Whether you have a warm or cool color garden, purple makes a great accent.  Extension Master Gardeners show you how to incorporate this color into your garden all year ‘round with flowers, foliage, and fruits. $10/person. Register online at using code 9E2.831B or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

May 11 Alexandria
Paint-A-Pot Workshop
Green Spring Gardens

10-11:30am. (16-Adult) Bring your mom or a friend and get crafty! We will put out some fun, flavored teas for you to sip while you decorate a clay flower pot with paint and decoupage. Green Spring staff will provide the supplies and know-how, you provide the creativity. Take your creation home to enjoy inside, on the patio, or gift it to your mom for Mother's Day. $38/person. Register online at using code 624.F509 or call Green Spring Gardens at 703-642-5173.

May 11 Charlottesville
Piedmont Master Gardeners Through the Garden Gate
Through the Garden Gate, the 18th annual series of visits to local gardens in and around the Charlottesville area continues with a visit to Waterperry Farm, 4284 Ballard’s Mill Road in Free Union hosted by the Piedmont Master Gardeners and the Thomas Jefferson Garden Club. The garden which has been developed over 28 years features a rose garden, a meandering shade walk, crabapples and yews and a recently installed fountain. In addition, there is a reflecting pool a formal cutting garden and a greenhouse, as well as a stream-fed bog, a large pond and a waterfall. Admission is $5.00 For more details, visit or call 434-472-4581.

May 11 Williamsburg
"PLANTS with a PURPOSE" Plant Sale
Williamsburg Botanical Garden
Located within Freedom Park at 5537 Centerville Road
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plant sale will focus on gardening for the benefit of pollinators with native plants and more. Get answers to your gardening questions at VCE Master Gardeners Mobile Help Desk at the sale. Proceeds benefit the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. Request our eNews at or by texting WBGARDEN to 22828.

May 11 Virginia Beach
Master Gardener Rain Barrel Workshops
Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market

Join the VBMG Water Stewards to construct a 55-gallon sealed rain barrel.  Each barrel is $50, and includes a free diverter kit for installation on an existing down spout.  Family friendly!  Registration Required.  Our 2019 workshops will be held on March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, Sept. 14, and Oct. 12 (Second Saturdays, March - October), 9-10:00 am. Register at  

May 11 Virginia Beach
Night Eyes-Owl Prowl
False Cape State Park

Experience the night. Journey through scenic Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge to the heart of False Cape State Park to learn about Virginia owl species, their habits and characteristics. Become familiar with the different calls and practice hooting with the owls. Then take a night hike with a park ranger to get an up close look at the owls of False Cape. Reservations are required. Cost is $10 per person. Event time is 8-10 p.m. Meet at Back Bay Wildlife Refuge for transport into False Cape. For more information call the park at 757-426-7128 or visit

May 11-12 Boyce
30th Annual Garden Fair
Blandy Experimental Farm

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the State Aboretum of Virginia. This event, sponsored by the Foundation, features native plants, small trees, garden art and fine items for the home and garden for sale. Free kid activities are offered. Time is 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days. All proceeds benefit the Foundation. For more information, visit or call 540-837-1758.

May 11-12 Richmond
Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration (including National Public Gardens Day on 10 May) is a three-day event with many opportunities to honor and spend time with Mom and loved ones. 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 12 Mouth of Wilson
Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk
Grayson Highlands State Park

Share the forest's first flowers with your mother or grandmother. Celebrate this Mother's Day with a walk on Twin Pinnacles Trail featuring an Alpine forest and 360 degree views and many beautiful spring wildflowers. The trail is a 1.6 mile loop and is moderately difficult with a short flight of steep rock stairs at two locations. We will be taking our time and stopping frequently to identify flowers along the way. Check the weather forecast before preparing for this event. Subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Event time is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information call the park at 276-579-7092 or visit

May 13-19 Alexandria
National Public Gardens Week
Green Spring Gardens

Stop in as we celebrate National Public Gardens Week with tours, displays, programs and our annual Spring Garden Day plant sale (Saturday) highlighting some of the interesting and exciting plant and history projects that we have for you to enjoy. For additional information, go to or call 703-642-5173.

May 18 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 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 enjoy rides, games and face painting. Live entertainment will please everyone. Time is 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the gate for those who wish to sample the wine. Free parking. Visit for additional information.

May 18 Alexandria
Spring Garden Day – THE BIG PLANT SALE
Green Spring Gardens

9am-3pm. Don’t miss this exciting annual tradition. More than 40 local garden vendors descend on Green Spring Gardens with beautiful and unusual plants to fill your spring gardening needs. Growers and Master Gardeners are on hand to help with plant selections and gardening advice. Proceeds help to support the gardens. FROGS members receive 10% off plants in the Garden Gate Plant Shop.

May 18 Bentonville
National Kids to Park Day
Shenandoah River State Park

Join us for a day of fun outdoor activities geared toward helping kids enjoy the natural world. Self-guided programs like Nature Packs and Adventure Guides are offered all day. Event time is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Stop by Shelter 1 at 1 p.m. for fun kid activities including games and crafts. For more information, call the park at 540-622-6840 or visit

May 26 Lynchburg
Decoration Day
Old City Cemetery

Bring cut flowers from home to lay on veterans graves in commemoration of Memorial Day, a local tradition since 1866. This event, sponsored by the Southern Memorial Association, will be held from 3-4 p.m. The peak rose season is the last two weeks of May. Antique roses are the soul of the Grave Garden. For more information, call 434-847-1465 or visit

June 1 Middletown
Belle Grove Plantation

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners will host Gardenfest, an extensive plant sale of MG home grown 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 free garden workshops and bird house decorating contest. The 4-H will have food for sale; other wonderful treats will be available. The event 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.