Friday Seminars


10:15 - 11:30am

Garden Eye Candy​ - (Exec. Aud.)  Dr. Sue Hamilton
Learn how to create unforgettable companion plantings in your landscape.  Dr. Sue Hamilton, director of the UT Gardens, will show specific steps to follow with an assortment of plants, containers, and gardening accessories.


11:45 - 1:00pm

Smell the Flowers and Discover the Insects​ - (Exec. Aud.) Dr. Frank Hale
Take a journey into the fascinating world of insects with Dr. Frank Hale, UT Plant Pathologist.  Learn how to recognize some of the common pests, their damage in the forest and landscape, and to identify some of the most beneficial bugs.

Floral Arranging Workshop​ - (Rm. 103)  Barbara Leshyn
Floral design has rules, but they are made to be broken. Join Barbara, a VT floral design professor for a workshop on designing with spring flowers.  After a short lecture, everyone will have the opportunity to create a fun spring design.  No previous experience is necessary.

Class is limited to 25 attendees and cost is $14. To pre-register send check to WCMG, Classes, 234 W. Valley St. Abingdon, VA 24210 by March 30, or sign-up at class if space available.

2:30 - 4:00pm

Restoring the American Chestnut Tree - (Exec. Aud.) Carl Absher
The American chestnut, once a soaring tower in the Eastern forests, teetered on the brink of extinction because of an imported blight. Join Carl Absher, a Master Arborist, to learn about the efforts to restore this tree.  Much of the research and field-testing is being conduced right here in Washington County, VA.

Make Your Own Rain Barrel - (Rm. 103) Carol Doss
Join Carol Doss and other members of the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable in this hands-on workshop.  Carol will give tips for maintaining a healthy environment in the rain barrel for all seasons.  Rain barrel and all fittings are supplied.  Fee of $15 is payable at the workshop.