Spring Garden Fest 2016

Spring Garden Fest Welcomes Gardeners of all Ages and Interests

We are pleased to announce the 12th annual Spring Garden Fest will be held at Reynolds Community College's Goochland campus on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Spring Garden Fest is an annual event sponsored by the Goochland - Powhatan Master Gardeners Association (GPMGA) in cooperation with Reynolds Community College (RCC) and the Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Peggy Singlemann, director of horticulture at the Maymont Foundation in Richmond, Va. and host of WCVE Community Idea Stations’ "Virginia Home Grown” will be the featured guest and will instruct registered participants in “Planting for Pollinators.” Singlemann lectures throughout the mid-Atlantic region and has been published in local and national periodicals such American Nurseryman, Horticulture, and Virginia Gardener. She is a member of the Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, the Virginia Society of Landscape Designers, the Virginia Green Industry Council and the Southern Garden History Society.

Throughout the day's three educational sessions, 22 classes, six hands-on workshops and four scheduled demonstrations, instruction will include building homes for pollinators, growing sustainable gardens, identifying plant diseases, growing wild native plants and shrubs, bee keeping, landscaping, and utilizing livestock and poultry in the home garden. Other topics include processing native herbs and foods, creating a backyard orchard, growing small berries and fruits, improving your soil, identifying insects, vermiculture, creating self-watering containers, floral design and hypertufa. A $15 registration fee covers all classes with additional fees for workshop materials. Classes and workshops are reserved on a first come basis when payment is received. They fill up quickly, so register early for the best selection! A $20 registration fee is required on April 23rd.

Online registration for classes and workshops is open at our website at http://gpmga.org/springgardenfest.htm where you'll find complete descriptions of the many classes and activities as well as driving directions to the Reynolds Goochland campus at 1851 Dickinson Road. For help registering or to receive a registration form via e-mail, call the Goochland Cooperative Extension office at (804) 556-5841.

As in previous years, local vendors, Reynolds students and the GPMGA will be hosting plant sales. And as always, there is no fee to just stop by and stroll the beautifully landscaped college gardens or visit the GPMGA plant sale which will offer a variety of vegetables, herbs, annuals and crafts. Displays are free for all to view.

Media Contact: Virginia McCown, mollysnap@juno.com