Class to teach how to grow oysters

Ray Hook of the Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association is shown in this 2003 photo kneeling by a full oyster float on a pier behind his home. (HEATHER S. HUGHES, HEATHER S. HUGHES / August 26, 2003)

Oyster float workshop. The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 5, for an upcoming oyster float-building workshop at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point.

The Tidewater Master Oyster Gardeners Association will teach the public how to grow oysters to eat and sponsors a float-building workshop 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Aquaculture Center at VIMS. The event also features float repair stations; how-to oyster garden information and supplies, including spats and ready-made floats. Master oyster gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. No experience necessary, free admission.

More details and resources on raising oysters for your own needs as well as oyster float workshop registration, and pricing for the float-building, repairing workshop, stations, can be found at http://www.oystergardener.org. The next full master oyster gardener course will be held in 2015.

For more information, contact Charles Yarbrough at caspery@verizon.net or Vic Spain at vicspain@rocketmail.com.

•Free lawn clinic. 10 a.m.-noon. Saturday, Sept. 6. Fall is the best season to renovate a fescue lawn. The York County/Poquoson office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will be offering free lawn maintenance clinics this fall. Incorporating organic matter, rake level and seed selection will be discussed. The clinic is at the Ken Matthews Garden Center, on Route 17 in the Grafton area of York County. Pre-register by calling 890-4940.

Horticultural Society meeting. Brent Heath of Brent and Becky's Bulbs will be the keynote speaker for the Hampton Roads Horticultural Society's Thursday, Sept. 11 meeting. "Let's Have a Plant Orgy with Flower Bulbs" is the topic of his 7 p.m. presentation.

The meeting, at the Newport News Women's Club, 461 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 804-693-3966 or 1-877-661-2852.

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