Party with plant perfectionists at Gardenfest

Like to party?

No, not ice cream cake, party hats and candles kind of stuff we pass off as “fun.” I mean do you like to party hard? You know, with knee pads, spades and Azaleas? Because if you do, and chances are you might, have I got the party for you.

On June 3 the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association is throwing their Gardenfest at Belle Grove Plantation, located at 336 Belle Grove Rd. in Middletown, where you, me and our closest friends can rub dirty elbows with some of the finest green-thumbed plant perfectionists around.

Now, let me warn you, partying with master gardeners can be addicting so its best you know who you’re dealing with. These folks are trained volunteer educators who have at least 50 hours of horticultural classes and donate at least 50 hours of volunteer community service through their local extension office. Bottom line: if these guys are willing to put in that much work for plants, imagine how hard they’ll party for them?

This year’s Gardenfest includes a Master Gardener plant sale, second hand rose rummage sale tent, workshops, demonstrations, educational displays, children’s, plant vendors, and more. Need a little more green-thumbed action? Fear not, my friends, the master gardeners know how to grow a good time and have arranged for not one but three guest speakers who will educate and entertain us at Belle grove Plantation. Here’s the schedule:

9:30-10:15 a.m.- Jay Pinsky (Yes, me folks!), Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District, on the “Role of Soil and Water in the Pollinator Garden”

10:30-11:15 a.m.- Lynn Phillips, Natural Art Garden Center in Toms Brook, on “Developing the Landscape to Attract Pollinators”

1:00-1:45 p.m.- Tim McCoy, Research Specialist at Virginia Tech- “The Garden of Night time Pollinators “
For more information about Gardenfest please call 540.869.2028 or you can contact them by email at info@bellegrove.org, or you can simply visit them on the web at www.nsvmga.org

James Pinsky is the Education and Information Coordinator for the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District. Contact him at 540.465.2424, ext. 104, or james.pinsky@lfswcd.org. Visit us at www.lfswcd.org or follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/lfswcd