Garden tour in Gloucester
The Secret Garden Tour takes place in Gloucester County from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, first day of Historic Garden Week in Virginia.
Garden week runs April 26-May 3. This event includes four Gloucester gardens – three in the Courthouse area and one in Coke – open to benefit the Rosewell Foundation (http://rosewell.co). Gardens include the Cooper cottage shade garden with 25 bird houses and Jimmy Buffet area; the Worthington garden with fish pond and ferns among winding paths and deer-resistant plants; the Tucker garden with statues, roses, perennials galore and potting shed; and New Bridges with 12 themed gardens.
Tickets are $15 and available at Green Planters in Gloucester Point, Flowers from the Heart in Mathews, Brent and Becky's Bulbs and Angelwings Stationers in Gloucester or via the Rosewell Foundation by calling 804-693-2585 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday or Saturday with a major credit card or send a check for $15 per ticket to the Rosewell Foundation, P.O. Box 1456, Gloucester, VA 23061.
Urban gardener lectures on herbs
Billi Parus, a life member of the Herb Society of America and the Herb Society of Great Britain, will present two urban gardening lectures at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, according to a release from the Fred Heutte Center.
Parus, who is also a Master Gardener in Virginia Beach, maintains an herb garden with more than 200 plants.
Registration is required for the lectures by emailing email@example.com or calling 757-441-2513. The center is at Ghent Square, 1000 Botetourt Gardens in Norfolk.
Herb, art and craft festival
The 33rd Annual Herb Sale & Festival at the Fred Heutte Center in Norfolk takes place Saturday-Sunday, April 26-27 at Ghent Square, 1000 Botetourt Gardens in Norfolk.
The sale includes herbs, heirloom vegetables, herbal products, plant-related goods as well as jewelry and crafts from multiple vendors, according to a news release.
Hours are Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: http://www.genserva.com/fhcgarden.
Learn to make a rain barrel
Mathews Master Gardeners will offer a rain barrel making workshop on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The workshop, limited to 20 participants, is a hands-on construction event, the group said in a release.
Rain barrels and supplies must be purchased in advance by calling the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office at 804-725-7196. The fee is $35 and can be sent to the Mathews Extension Office, P.O. Box 569, Mathews VA 23109. Information: http://offices.ext.vt.edu/mathews.
Apple Blossom Festival princess
The 87th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is scheduled for April 25-May 4 in Winchester. This year's theme is "The Land of Pink & Green."
Lillian Cartwright, granddaughter of Gladys and Thomas Hardy of Smithfield, has been selected as a princess for the festival.
The festival, which focuses on the apple blossoms, includes vendors, dances, parties, live entertainment, two parades, celebrity appearances and keynote speakers. Among the speakers this year are Sheila Johnson, CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts and co-founder of BET Television; and "All-American Mom" Jackie Marie Griffin, mother of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. Information: http://www.thebloom.com.
French market in York County
The 3rd Annual Authentic French Market is Saturday, April 26 in Grafton. The market "celebrates the spirit of the regular Saturday market in Port-Vendres France, Yorktown's sister city since 1990," according to a news release from the county.
Traditional market products such as fresh-baked bread, pastries, chocolates, soaps, lavender sachets, wine, along with fresh food items, French linens, pottery, and French art will be available for purchase. Also planned is a flea market and silent auction.
The event is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ken Matthews Garden Center, 4921 George Washington Highway (Route 17). Admission is free. Information: http://www.sistercitiesyorktown.org.
River fest offers guided eco tour
Lafayette RIVERFest 2014 is a free, outdoor event that promotes the restoration of the Lafayette River in Norfolk. The festival is Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 600 – 700 blocks of Mayflower Road on the Colonial Place waterfront.
Activities include a re-created historical maritime seaport complete with a customs house, demonstrations, and re-enactments; home, garden and environmental demonstrations, games, live music, a rain barrel auction and river cruises aboard boats from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Norfolk and Chesapeake fire department vessels.
New this year is a Bike, Run & Kayak Guided ECO Tour. It begins with bicycling. Helmets are required, and participants can bring their own bikes or rent an ODU Bike Share bicycle, a spokeswoman for the Elizabeth River Project said. The route is roughly 7.5 miles and will wind through parts of the Elizabeth River Trail, ODU, Colley Avenue and Colonial Place. The second segment is a 3.1-mile or 5K pedestrian stride through the Riverview Business District, Lafayette Park and the redeveloping Park Place Community. And the third segment is a water paddle on the Lafayette River. The eco tours are scheduled at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. For information about entry fees, deadlines and more, email JNYE@ecocycling.org or call 757-805-3661.
For more information about Lafayette RIVERFest 2014, go http://www.lafayetteriverfest.org or call the Elizabeth River Project at 757-399-7487.
Plant sale at Bluebird Gap
Hampton Master Gardeners present a spring plant sale on Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bluebird Gap Farm in Hampton at 60 Pine Chapel Road. A rain date is Sunday, May 4. Admission is free. Information: http://offices.ext.vt.edu/hampton.
Register for next gardener class
Registration is now open for the next Peninsula Master Gardener training session which will be held Sept. 2 through Nov. 13.
"This course teaches individuals to become a volunteer in their community, learn how to properly prune your trees and shrubs, become more knowledgeable of the plants you grow, and much more," according to a release from the Hampton Extension Office which sponsors the program. To become a Master Gardener, participants must complete the 50-hour training program and give 50 hours of volunteer service, the release said. Sessions are planned for 9 a.m. until noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Residents of Gloucester County, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and York County are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Tuesday, July 15. The program costs $110, which includes a handbook and other material.
For more information, contact either the Hampton Extension Office at 757-727-1401 or http://offices.ext.vt.edu/hampton or the York-Poquoson Extension Office at 890-4940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compiled by Felicia L. Mason.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun