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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.




October 7, Duffield
Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece Workshop
Natural Tunnel State Park

Pumpkins can be used as planters and are ideal for succulents since they can take root right in the pumpkin. Participants will make their own succulent centerpiece. You must register no later than the Wednesday prior to the workshop by calling the Cove Ridge Center at 276-940-2696 or email This workshop is a series offered by the park, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Scott County Master Gardeners, and the Education Council of the Cove Ridge Foundation and Advisory Board. The cost is $5 per person; a minimum of 10 participants is required. Time is 10-11 a.m. For more information, visit

October 8, Richmond
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

This is your chance to “stop and smell the roses” and enjoy outstanding live entertainment in the Cochrane Rose Garden. Walk through winding paths of 1,800 roses for a sensual feast of color, fragrance, and beauty. Noon-3 p.m. Regular garden admission required; free admission for garden members. In the event of rain, activities will move inside. For more information, call 804-262-9887 or visit

October 14, Smithfield
WTMG Plant Clinic
Smithfield Farmers’ Market

Stop by the Plant Clinic to ask your horticultural questions to the Western Tidewater Master Gardeners. Learn tips for fall plantings and how to prepare your garden for the coming winter. 8:45 a.m.-noon. Contact the Isle of Wight Virginia Cooperative Extension Office at 757-365-6261 for additional information.

October 14-15, Boyce
Blandy Experimental Farm Arboretum

In addition to a selection of plants divided or propagated from the arboretum grounds, ArborFest includes a variety of plants for sale by carefully selected vendors. Activities include scarecrow-making, pumpkin games and crafts, nature walks for kids and guided arboretum walks, live music, and hayrides. 9-4:30 Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. For more information, visit or call 540-837-1758.

October 25, Newport News
Every Animal Has a Story
Virginia Living Museum

Experience a special chance to walk the outdoor trail at the end of the day with our senior animal care staff and learn why and how our animals ended up with a new life at the living museum. Injured, orphaned, born in captivity, or rescued as an illegal pet, every animal has a special story. Tours last 45 minutes. The cost is $12 VLM members; $14 non-members (museum admission is not included). Event is for ages 4 and older. Maximum of 12 guests. 3-3:45 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 757-595-1900 or visit



November 4, Charlottesville
Botanical Painting and Sketching
Monticello’s David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center

This exclusive, one-day workshop features watercolor instruction by renowned botanical artist Lara Call Gastinger, illustrator of the Flora of Virginia. Enjoy painting leaves, nuts, and pods and learning color mixing, applying layers, and detailed brushwork. All artistic levels welcomed! Materials are provided or bring your own. Register by October 31. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $100 per person. For more information, including list of supplies, call 434-984-9800, visit, or email

November 4, Norfolk
Virginia Camellia Society Show & Sale
Norfolk Botanical Garden

This event will be held in the Baker Hall Visitors Center and is included with garden admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 757-441-5830 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.