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Upcoming Events for Virginia

To submit your gardening event to our staff, submit it using our contact form or send an email to calendar@statebystategardening.com.

 

 

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 collegerunfarms.com for the crop calendar.


August

 

August 1-September 30, Blacksburg
Simply Elemental 2017: Garden Variety
Hahn Horticulture Garden

This year’s theme, “Garden Variety,” focuses on the diverse and the eclectic, the variety that grows in the common soil of southwestern Virginia. 35 jury-selected fanciful, whimsical and thought-provoking works will be displayed throughout the 6-acre garden. For more information, call 540-231-5970 or visit hort.vt.edu/hhg.

 

August 12, Montpelier Station
Journey from Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour
James and Dolly Madison’s Montpelier

Visit sites that bring to life generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier and learn how citizenship evolved through the Civil Rights era. Free tour at 2:30 p.m. Mansion grounds, visitor center, and walking trails are open daily and free. House tours are $20 for adults. For more information, call 540-672-2728 or visit montpelier.org.

 

August 17, Newport News
All About Otters Tour
Virginia Living Museum Otter Habitat

Learn what they eat, how they eat, and how the museum trains them to cooperate during veterinarian visits and enrichment. Visitors will assist with an actual training session and gain admittance into restricted areas where only staff dares to venture! 3-3:45 p.m. For ages 4 and above. No wheelchair access. VLM member cost is $12, $14 non-members (museum admission is not included). For tickets, call 757-595-1900 or visit thevlm.org.

 

August 25, Richmond
Family Scavenger Hunt
Maymont Grounds

Explore Maymont’s 100 acres in a whole new way! Crack secret codes for clues and use maps and riddles to find your way around the estate in this family-friendly scavenger hunt. Different difficulty levels are available. Ages 4 and older. Adult must accompany child. Limited space for walk-ups. Register online. Price is $15 per family/$12 members (up to four people). 10 a.m.-noon. For additional information, call 804-358-7168 or visit Maymont.org.

 

August 26, Gloucester
‘Pest Resistant Gardening’ Garden Walk
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

Learn more about what to plant and where to plant it and how to make your garden unattractive, yes, unattractive to unwanted visitors like deer, rabbits, voles, and damaging insects. This free event is a one-hour, guided, walking tour through the gardens beginning at 10:30 a.m. Call Denise Hutchins at 804-693-3966, ext. 109, for more information or visit brentandbeckysbulbs.com for event listings.

 

September

 

September 1-30, Suffolk
Lake Drummond Wildlife Drive
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Vehicle access to Lake Drummond via the Railroad Ditch Entrance is open every day in September, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The gate will close one hour earlier to allow all vehicles to leave the area on time. The required self-serve permit and fee envelope can be found at the Permit Station on Railroad Ditch Road, 1/2 mile from the entry gate. All vehicles must pay a $5 daily fee for entry to the Wildlife Drive for touring or for boating. Other payment options can be found at the Permit Station. For more information, visit fws.gov/refuge/Great_Dismal_Swamp.

 

September 1, Glen Allen
Lavender Pruning Workshop
Lavender Fields Herb Farm

Now is the time to prune your lavender and prepare it for the coming winter. Come to the farm and learn how to prune your lavender at home. Watch and take notes on pruning in the field to see how it is done and take aromatic clippings home with you. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. with a $6 registration fee. Call 804-262-7167 or visit lavenderfieldsfarm.com for workshop details.

 

September 2, Montpelier Station
Historic Landscape Tour
James and Dolly Madison’s Montpelier

Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier evolved through generations of owners from a working plantation to a treasure trove of champion trees and unique plantings. Free tour begins at 1 p.m. Mansion grounds, visitor’s center, and walking trails are open daily, free of charge. House tours are $20 for adults. For details, call 540-672-2728 or visit montpelier.org.

 

September 2, Duffield
Night Hike
Natural Tunnel State Park

Explore the thrilling sights, smells, and sounds along with interesting nightlife. Park guides will take you on a hike through the park. Learn how to use your night vision and night hearing to get you through the woods. This is a free, 45-minute program. For your comfort and safety, appropriate footwear is required (no flip-flops, crocs, or sandals). Bring your flashlight. No pets allowed. The program takes place along portions of the Gorge Ridge Trail and the Purchase Ridge Trail. Hike will be no more than ½ mile round trip. Trail surface is a dirt/gravel mixture. Event begins at the camp store. 6:30-7:30 p.m. No pets allowed. For more information or registration, call 276-940-2674 or visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-tunnel.

 

September 12, Newport News
Nature Connects
Virginia Living Museum

Nature Connects is an award-winning, record-breaking exhibition now touring North America. Created with over a half million LEGO pieces, this show features larger-than-life sculptures built with LEGO bricks by Brooklyn artist and children’s author Sean Kenney. The sculptures bring nature to life with a 6-foot hummingbird hovering over a trumpet flower, a deer family made from 48,000 bricks, a giant tortoise, a 7-foot long dragonfly, and more. This spectacular combination of nature and art will be featured outdoors in the Conservation Garden and other outdoor areas. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 757-595-1900 or visit thevlm.org.

 

September 16, Martinsville
“Celebrate the Rose” Rose Show
Piedmont Arts Building

Patrick Henry Rose Society’s 42nd annual rose show is open to the public beginning at 1 p.m. (after judging occurs). The Rose Vase Sale begins 1 p.m. until all are sold. Bloom sale begins 4 p.m. until gone. For more information, contact Society members Katherine Craig at 276-629-7723 or Glenn Sellers at 276-340-8816.

 

September 23, Surry
Garden Workday in Paradise
Chippokes Plantation State Park

National Public Lands Day is a nationwide event that draws thousands of visitors to parks for involvement in natural resource conservation. Savor the first days of fall weather with Garden Workday in Paradise, focusing on the formal gardens behind the Jones-Stewart Mansion, sprucing the flowerbeds and getting the garden ready for winter. Wear appropriate clothing for gardening. Gloves and tools will be provided. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Friends of Chippokes Gift Shop on the mansion grounds. Call 757-294-3728 or visit chippokes.com for details.

 

September 23, Gloucester
Gloucester Wine Festival
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

Save the date for the 8th Annual Gloucester Wine Festival sponsored by the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce. Join us to taste top Virginia wines and fine foods. Learn more about the art of wine and tastings, shop with local artisans and vendors and listen to live music while strolling the grounds of the internationally acclaimed Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. General parking is located at the Ware Academy with shuttles to the festival site. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door). For more information, visit gloucesterwinefestival.com.

 

October

 

October 21, Cheriton
Fall Garden Symposium
Cheriton Fire Station

Speakers include Kerry Ann Mendez, award-winning garden designer, author, and lecturer who has appeared on HGTV; Les Parks, curator of herbaceous plants at Norfolk Botanical Garden; and Mary Stickley-Godinez, owner of Countryside Nurseries and Countryside Garden Consultations. Featured topics include Best Eastern Virginia Perennials, Garden Design, Ornamental Grasses, Outrageous Foliage Plants, and The Right-Size Flower Garden. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration is $65 ($85 after September 15). Registration forms are available at easternshoremastergardeners.com. Buffet lunch, drinks, and snacks are included. There will be a raffle of items by local artisans and books for sale. For more information, call 757-678-7946, ext. 29, or email esmgva@gmail.com.

 

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.