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 fhcgarden@cox.net 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.