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Upcoming Events for Virginia
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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.
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 8, Virginia Beach
Water Steward Rain Barrel Workshop
Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market
Conducted by the Virginia Beach Master Gardener Water Stewards. Make and take a 55-gallon, sealed-system rain barrel. Keep the water that falls on your property ON your property and save water and money! Includes a diverter to help with installation in your existing downspout. Cost: $50. Time is 9-10 a.m. Registration required and class size is limited. Register early at vbmg.org.
April 16, Surry
18th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Chippokes Plantation State Park
The Friends of Chippokes will host the 18th Annual Easter Egg Huntat 2 p.m. on Easter Sunday for children ages 10 and under. The event is held rain or shine in the historic gardens of the Jones-Stewart Mansion. Bring your own basket. Light refreshments will be served. Cost is the $5 vehicle park entrance fee. Join park staff, volunteers, and the Easter Bunny for fun games, arts and crafts, and other activities. For additional information, call 757-294-3728 or visit chippokes.com.
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.
April 22, Yorktown
Sister Cities French Market
The sixth 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, along with other fresh food items will be available for purchase. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more details, call 757-877-2933 or visit sistercitiesyorktown.org.
April 22-29, Statewide
2017 House & Garden Tours
Historic Garden Week
Each spring visitors are welcome to explore over 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. Visit vagardenweek.org for additional information and tickets.
April 23, Hopewell
Annual AGC Tea
Weston Plantation / Appomattox Garden Club
To celebrate Virginia Garden Week, the Appomattox Garden Club will host the 11th Annual Tea at Weston Manor, 400 Weston Lane, 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 in a 1789 manor house.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 historichopewell.org/weston-plantation/ for additional information.
April 24-May 18, Norfolk
Floral Design Certificate Program
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Enroll in the only professional floral design certificate program offered in southeastern Virginia. Turn your passion into a marketable skill. Program offers comprehensive curriculum, hands-on training with fresh flowers every class, and shop training including ordering, inventory, and customer service. All supplies and flowers are included in course fee. Students enjoy taking home weekly floral designs. Students must attend 40 hours and pass written and hands-on tests to receive a certificate. This is a four-week course: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Time is 6-8:30 p.m. each day. Cost is $495 for members, $545 nonmembers. To register, visit norfolkbotanicalgarden.org.
April 28, Boyce
Trillium Field Trip
Blandy Experimental Farm-State Arboretum of Virginia
Celebrate Arbor Day with a field trip to Thompson Wildlife Management Area. View a spectacular wildflower display featuring a sea of trilliums. 12:30-4 p.m. Meet at the Blandy Library to carpool. The event is $10 for members, $12 nonmembers. Reservations are required; space is limited. For more information, visit blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758.
April 28-May 7, Winchester
90th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival celebrates the advent of spring in the Shenandoah Valley as evidenced by the blooming apple trees, one of the area’s most important natural resources. 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. New events include a Wine and Food Experience, Night in Havana 1927 Dance, Ladies Commonwealth Brunch, and a tennis tournament. Tickets for select events are available through the online ticket store at thebloom.com/events/ or call 540-662-3863.
April 29, Williamsburg
Native Plant Sale
Williamsburg Community Building
The John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will host the 10th Annual Williamsburg Native Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Several hundred species of perennials, trees, shrubs, ferns, and vines native to Virginia will be offered. Plants are grown in members’ gardens and area nurseries. Visit vnps.org/johnclayton/ for chapter news and sale details.
April 29, 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 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The Marketplace is $5; free for Maymont members and children 16 and under. Call 804-358-7168 for more information or visit maymont.org/visit.
May 5-6, Richmond
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
The garden’s plant sales are 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. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular garden admission. For more information, visit lewisginter.org or call 804-262-9887.
May 6, Richmond
Call of the Wild
Maymont Nature Center
Saddle up for an evening of unbridled fun as we bring the Kentucky Derby to Maymont during the Dooley Noted Society’s 8th annual Call of the Wild auction. Wear your derby best, place your bets during our live and silent auctions, and enjoy an open bar and great food during this event to benefit Maymont. Must be 21 years or older to attend. For information and ticket sales, call 804-358-7166, ext. 313,or visit maymont.org.
May 6-7, Norfolk
Spring Town Point Wine Festival
Town Point Park
The 11th 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. each day. For online tickets or additional info, visit festevents.org/events/2017-season-events/springwinefest.
May 6, Duffield
6th Annual Plant Sale
Natural Tunnel State Park
The Scott County Master Gardeners can help you with gardening tips and selecting plants. Choose from a variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. If you are only attending this event, the 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 email@example.com,or visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-tunnel.
May 10, Boyce
Arboretum Walking Tour
Blandy Experimental Farm
Come enjoy flowering trees, shrubs, and wildflowers in their spring glory. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Free, but reservations are required, and space is limited. 1-2:30 p.m. Meet outside the Blandy Library.For more information, visit blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758.
May 11-12, 27-28, Lynchburg
22nd Annual Antique Rose Festival – Rose Illustrated Workshops
Old City Cemetery
Antique roses are the soul of the grave garden. Study and paint these horticultural treasures in watercolor with botanical artist Tica Sydnor. For more information, call 434-847-1465 or visit gravegarden.org.
May 12-14, Richmond
Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
The Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration (including National Public Gardens Day) 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 more information, visit lewisginter.org or call 804-262-9887.
May 13, 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 also be on hand with a wonderful selection of young trees and advice on how to make them thrive. Decorative garden items will also be available. Free admission. 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit piedmontmastergardeners.org/events-page or call the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Albemarle office at 434-872-4580.
May 13, Virginia Beach
Water Steward Rain Barrel Workshop
Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market
Conducted by the Virginia Beach Master Gardener Water Stewards. Make and take a 55-gallon, sealed-system rain barrel. Includes a diverter to help with installation in your existing downspout. Cost: $50. 9-10 a.m. Registration required because the class size is limited. Register early at vbmg.org.
May 13, Charlottesville
Botanical Art Sachets
Monticello-David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center
Create beautiful sachets using leaves and other natural materials gathered at Monticello in this hands-on workshop led by Swedish artist and designer Lotta Helleberg. These unique impressions, stitched together by hand, create small cushions to fill with dried lavender buds. Each participant will complete two sachets. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $50. For more information, visit monticello.org or call 434-984-9800.
May 20, Fredericksburg
Textures and Natives
University of Mary Washington
Learn about herbaceous plants and textures in the garden from Dr. Bob Lyons, former Longwood Gardens graduate program director and co-founder of Hahn Gardens. He will talk about textures, bold colors and contrasts, and perfect plant combinations. Also featured will be Grace Elton, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden horticulture director, who will talk about native plants and pollinators. The symposium is open to the public and presented by the Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area (MFACRA) in sponsorship with the University of Mary Washington. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $50 per person. You can download the brochure online at mgacra.org and register, or call 540-775-9688 for more information.
May 22, Virginia Beach
Fighting Mosquitos in a Pollinator-Friendly Landscape
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
Join this public gardening talk focusing on a habitat that discourages mosquitos and incorporates preventive methods. The free talk will be 7-8 p.m. For more information, call 757-385-8156 or visit vbmg.org.
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