Master Gardeners hold series of talks throughout 2017

Northern Shenandoah Valley regional libraries will host a series of educational gardening talks throughout 2017.

Sari Carp, chair of the education committee for the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association, said this will be the first year the talks will be held and that she is very excited to debut the programs to the public.

She added that the libraries haven’t had much adult programming in the past and this series of informational gardening talks will help bring more adults into the libraries.

“Master Gardeners also have not had a consistent series of free, open to the public talks anywhere before,” she said. “So this is a huge first for everyone.”

A total of 20 talks will be held in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke and Page counties. The group has tailored the topics to the expected audiences at the particular libraries. Talks given to the downtown dwellers of Winchester are different than the more country topics in Shenandoah, for example.

Entrance to all events is free and open to the public.

The Frederick County talks will be held at Handley Library in Winchester with an overall theme of “Secrets of the Garden” at 2 p.m. March 11, April 8 and May 20.

The theme “Success in the Garden” will be held at Bowman Library in Stephens City at 2 p.m. June 10, July 8, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9.

The Shenandoah County series will be held at the main county library in Edinburg at 10:30 a.m. April 1, Aug. 5, Oct. 7 and Dec. 2. A talk will also be held at 6:30 p.m. June 6. The theme will be “Adventures in Gardening.”

Talks will also be held at the branch library in New Market at 3 p.m. May 6, July 1, Sept. 2 and Nov. 4.

Carp added that with the Shenandoah series, informal gardening chats and Q&A sessions will take place in local eateries after the talks.

“This will be a chance for the public to get to know Master Gardeners, find out more about what we do in the community and have their gardening questions answered, all in a convivial atmosphere,” she said.

Clarke County talks will be held at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville at 2 p.m. April 15, July 14 and Oct. 21. The theme for these talks will be Sustainability in the Garden.

Page County Library in Luray will also hold a talk at 12:30 p.m. April 19.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com


If You Go

For more information, visit the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association’s website at http://nsvmga.org/.