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Arthritis and Gardening

Join Doug Cumpston, Assistive Technology Specialist with WV AgrAbility & WV Assistive Technology Systems to learn how arthritis can impact your ability to carry out gardening activities and what can be done to minimize its effect while gardening. The program will focus on techniques and tools that will help others overcome the limitations that arthritis can impose on the gardener. Most appropriate for adults. Free for WVBG members; $15 for non-members. Space is limited, register today! Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Programs will last approximately 1.5-2 hours unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Succulent Container Workshop

Create a one-of-a-kind succulent dish garden at Modern Homestead using a wide selection of plant materials. The workshop provides expert instruction and special potting soil mix. Containers and accents are available for purchase.

A Poetic Harvest

Poet and gardener, Mary Lucille DeBerry, will read an array of gardening poetry including works by the late Stanley Kunitz, Mary Oliver and Theodore Roethke as well as some of her own poetry – followed by a writing session where participants, bringing paper-and-pen or a laptop, will create their own poems. Some of Mary Lucille’s books will also be available for purchase. Most appropriate for ages 12 and above. Free for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Space is limited, register today! Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Programs will last approximately 1.5-2 hours unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

A Garden Tour with an Eye for Design

Walk the grounds of the Botanic Garden with Executive Director Bill Mills and look at the many individual garden spaces. There will be a discussion of the plants that have been used in each as well as an evaluation of the concepts of successful garden design. Consider bringing a camera or phone to document thoughts and inspirations. Most appropriate for adults. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. $20 for WVBG members, $30 for non-members. Space is limited, register today! All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs and are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Superfoods: How to Choose Them and How to Use Them

March is National Nutrition Month. Join MaryAnn Post, CHC as she encourages you to take a holistic approach to your well-being. We will discuss “superfoods”—what they are and how they can help improve your general overall well-being. Several resources will be shared and some of the more common superfoods will be available for tasting. A short walk in the garden is included in this workshop. Please pre-register for ALL activities 48 hours in advance at www.wvbg.org. Most appropriate for adults. $30 for WVBG members, $45 for non-members. Space is limited, register today! All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Park in the lower parking area. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs and are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Donations are appreciated and can be made online, or at the kiosk by the lower lot. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities.

Starting from Seed

Growing plants from seed can be very rewarding. Many do well directly sown into ones garden or started in a nursery row to be transplanted as they grow in size. Others need to be started indoors in order to be ready for the growing season. The class, led by WVBG Executive Director, Bill Mills, will discuss the many techniques of what can be a very rewarding experience. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register online at www.wvbg.org.

Family Program at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex

Green up your winter blues! Beat the winter blues with some garden-related activities! Help us shell beans and shuck corn for the museums Interpretive Garden, make a cornhusk doll, propogate a baby plant, and get garden advice from a Master Gardener.

Fantastic Containers

WVBG Executive Director Bill Mills will be planting the large containers on the deck of the Welcome Center. He will discuss choice of plant material, soil mixes, drainage, fertilizing techniques, color and more. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2 hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or info@wvbg.org if you have any questions.

Heirloom Plant Sale

Program provided by the Marion County Master Gardeners. All proceeds go to maintaining the gardens at Prickett’s Fort State Park.

10 Tips for Successful Container Gardening

Join Master Gardener Jan Mitchell and learn How to choose the right container, plants, soil, and location for container gardens. Then plant your own and learn how to maintain your new container garden. Container, plants, and soil are provided. Most appropriate for adults. * Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. $30 for WVBG members; $40 for non-members. Register online at www.wvbg.org. All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted. Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or info@wvbg.org if you have any questions.

The Painter’s Palette for Gardening: Using Color Theory in Garden Design

This workshop provides the participant with an in depth look at color theory using the color wheel to design a beautiful garden. Local Master Gardener Dianne DeAngelis will show how understanding color theory can help you select plants that will achieve a specific look and feel in your gardens. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register online at www.wvbg.org. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or info@wvbg.org if you have any questions.

Understanding Garden Design, A Primer

WVBG Executive Director Bill Mills will talk about approaches to garden design, as he shares images from his personal garden and gardens he has designed in the region. You may consider reading Elements of Garden Design, by Joe Eck before this discussion. Most appropriate for adults. Free. THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. * Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Contact us at 304-322-2093 or info@wvbg.org if you have any questions.

East End Bazaar -Art of Gardening

The East End Bazaar is open on second and third Saturday’s, May through September, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gardening and green/sustainable gardening methods. The following vendors have already reserved booths: 4 - Hubert Bain 7 - Monkey & Otter Custom Gifts and Apparel 8 - Pampered Paws Bakery 10 - SAGE (Sustainable AGriculture Entrepreneurs)

East End Bazaar: The Art of Gardening

The Bazaar provides local and regional artists and craftspeople a much-needed venue to display and sell their wares. The selection you will discover at the Bazaar includes an assortment of paintings, jewelry, sculptures, stained glass, handmade crafts (such as soaps, textiles, and baskets,) photography, value-added food (such as jams and honey,) pottery, hand-blown glass, and much more. Aside from our skilled artisans, local musicians and performers are showcased each week at the Bazaar, along with a variety of local food vendors and producers of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables.

Tomato Festival

Enjoy the best of summer at the 8th annual Tomato Festival – featuring over 50 varieties of tomatoes to sample. There will also be a farmer’s market, tomato contest, music, artisans, food demonstrations, lunch and sweet treats presented by the Marion County Master Gardeners. Tomato growers can get in on the action by submitting tomatoes for judging. Cash prizes awarded. Contact Carol Haught for more information at haught.carol@gmail.com.

Ripley’s On Sale … Believe It or Not!

One hundred vendors are anticipated for this annual community yard sale on the lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse. An added Friday attraction will be Garden Faire with the Jackson County Master Gardeners.

Ripley’s On Sale … Believe It Or Not!

There are yard sales and then there's Ripley's On Sale ... Believe It Or Not! This annual community sale features dozens of vendors selling everything from antiques to primitives. A Friday attraction will be Garden Faire, sponsored by the Jackson County Master Gardeners. The annual event is presented in conjunction with area businesses, non-profit groups and clubs, and individuals. The sale will again be held on the lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse. Over eighty spaces will be located on the Jackson County Courthouse lawn. Individuals or groups may reserve 10’ x 10’ spaces for $20. The fee will be $5 more if electricity is required. Additional spaces, after the first, will be at a rate of $10 each. Individuals and neighborhoods are also invited to participate by having yard sales in their own locales. Ripley merchants will be offering special sales on Saturday. Main Street Ripley invites all interested vendors to call 304-372-1637 for details and to reserve their space and join the giant sale or to be listed on the free map.

Shepherdstown Garden Fest Weekend

The historic town of Shepherdstown, WV, will hold a "GardenFest Weekend" May 21 and 22. The centerpiece of of both days will be the town's 17th annual Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea, which will include a self-guided walking tour of private gardens rarely open to the public and an elegant afternoon tea. Incorporated in 1762, Shepherdstown has many interesting 18th- and early 19th-century homes. Many of the gardens on the Garden Tour will be located on the grounds of those homes. The town will be hosting other garden-related activities both days, including a Native Plant Sale on Saturday and a Farmers' Market on Sunday. Both days will also include displays by local artists, access to local historic sites, live music, children's events, carriage rides, and special spring menus at many local restaurants. The Tour and Tea and all the other weekend activities will be held rain or shine. Garden Tour hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Teas will be offered from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. each day. Admission to both the Tour and Tea will be $20 per person through May 18, and $25 after that. Tour and Tea tickets and more information are available online now at www.backalleygarden.org. The Native Plant Sale will be held Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, it will emphasize plants that benefit endangered pollinators like honeybees and butterflies, and it will include informational displays as well as vendors. Participating native plant vendors will include Hill House Farm and Nursery, from Castletown, VA; Enchanter's Garden, from Hinton, WV; Bluebell Ridge Nursery, from Sharpsburg, MD; and Star Eagle Gardens, from Berkeley Springs. There will also be garden art for sale and a local apiary will be selling honey and offering tastings of different honeys. Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, bee keepers and other experts will be on hand to answer questions about pollinators and the selection and cultivation of plants that help sustain them. The Monarch Alliance of Washington County, MD, will have literature available, including sample plans for butterfly gardens. All of the weekend's other activities will be free and will follow the same hours as the Garden Tour. For more details about these other activities and information about parking locations during the weekend, go to the Shepherdstown Visitor's Center web site at www.shepherdstown.info or contact the Center at svc@shepherdstown.info 304-876-2786.

Outdoor Living Extravaganza

Hey there, gardening friends! We’re excited for you to join us for a full day of gardening fun this spring! Our annual Outdoor Living Extravaganza is coming to White Sulphur Springs, WV – to get you pumped up for the new gardening season. Our educational seminar will inspire you with new plants, design ideas and more, and you’ll have a chance to purchase plants and other gardening goods right there at the show. Everyone will go home with a FREE bag of valuable goodies, one FREE plant, and a head full of ideas to put to use right away in your garden. Registration - $95 per person 8:00AM - 4:00PM Includes • Catered luncheon • Free Plant • 4 Lectures • Goodie Bag • Parking

West Virginia Botanic Garden Container Gardening Talk & Workshop

If you want to create a beautiful container garden but do not know where to start, then join Master Gardener Jan Mitchell to learn how to select, plant, and maintain a container garden. When a few basic principles are applied, even first-time gardeners can create and maintain attention-grabbing containers. Container, plants, and soil are provided. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT BY NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT ON APRIL 23rd.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Bulb Container Garden Workshop

Join local floral and interior designer Aaron Sears at Plantology Emporium, 1344 University Ave., to learn basic bulb knowledge and make your own container garden. Choose from an offering of containers and customize with bulbs including daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, crocus, and more! Just in time for Easter, and once the bulbs are done plant them in your yard and enjoy them for years to come! PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT BY NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT ON MARCH 8.