As the Shenandoah Valley looks forward to fall, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association is looking to help make the transition a little easier for local gardeners.

The organization will host its annual FallFest from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center at Belle Grove Plantation. The event will feature talks from Master Gardeners, demonstrations and crafts.

Master Gardener talks will begin at 12:15 p.m. and will cover topics such as saving seeds and habitat gardens for flora and fauna. Lynn Hoffmann, one of the Master Gardeners, will host a talk on making fall decorations with garden materials.

“My talk will get people into the mood of decorating for all the upcoming holidays with natural materials,” she said. “I will have lots of examples of what people could grow and harvest in their own gardens as well as harvesting grasses and cones and pods along roadsides. The talk will let them know how to preserve the materials and what types of containers to use for their decorations.”

Hoffmann said that the decorations she will talk about in her presentation can be used throughout the fall season.

“Some of the basic items can last from Halloween to Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving to Christmas depending on what their choices are for decorating their homes,” she said.

FallFest will also feature seminars on tool sharpening and how to take care of your tools in the wintertime, and gourd and flower crafting. The event will also feature tours of the Belle Grove Teaching Garden, a Master Gardener information booth, and a kids fun table.

Admission for the event is free.

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