Those looking for some gardening inspiration this year might want to check out the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association’s first-ever Gardening in the Valley Tour on Saturday.
Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, the tour will feature five “uniquely different and spectacular gardens in Shenandoah County,” the organization notes on its website, nsvmga.org/events/garden-tour.
“Each one will provide ideas that gardening enthusiasts of all levels can replicate in their own gardens,” the event description states.
The main goal of the tour is to provide education for people interested in learning more about gardening.
Master Gardeners will be stationed at each garden to point out educational features, and information tables staffed by Master Gardeners will be at several locations to answer gardening questions.
• Edinburg Mill Biofiltration Garden at 214 S. Main St., Edinburg.
• Country Farm, 5 miles west of Edinburg.
• Monarchs on Meadow, 1.5 miles west of the I-81 Woodstock exit
• In-Town Yard in downtown Woodstock
• Veatch’s Gleann Arboretum, 17 miles west of the Interstate 81 Strasburg exit
Addresses will be given to those who buy tickets.
Tickets will be available online for $10 per person and on the day of the tour for $12 per person at Edinburg Mill, 214 S. Main St., Edinburg, and Pot Town Organics, 181 W. King St., Strasburg. Tickets cannot be purchased at any of the other garden sites.
Proceeds from the tour will benefit the construction of a Peace Pavilion at Corhaven Graveyard, an African American slave graveyard at 2883 Quicksburg Road in Quicksburg. The Master Gardeners helped identify graves and planted a garden near the entrance.
That site will also offer information on the invasive spotted lanternfly, which Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent Mark Sutphin said has moved into Shenandoah County as well as Clarke, Warren, Page and Augusta counties.
Sponsoring the tour include CLS landscaping, Pot Town Organics, the Town of Edinburg, Fort Valley Nursery, Richardson Horticultural LLC, Johnston & Rhodes Real Estate, Rockingham Cooperative and some private donors.
Garden tour sites will allow for social distancing while providing hand sanitizer and requiring that visitors wear masks.
For more information, visit nsvmga.org/events/garden-tour.