Seminars & Workshops

Saturday April 20th 

To Pre-register for the Topiary workshop, make check payable to Washington County Master Gardeners or (WCMG) and mail to:
WCMG - Class Registration, 234 W. Valley St., Abingdon, VA 24210

10:15-11:30 (Exec. Aud.)                                                                                                       Rod Walker
Invasive Plants
Rod Walker is the President of Blue Ridge PRISM a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to reducing the negative impact of invasive plants. Join Rod for an introduction to the world of invasive plants.  Learn what Blue Ridge PRISM is doing to identify common invasives and how to treat them.  This is a most timely topic - Virginia Master Gardeners have declared 2024 the year to tackle invasive species.

10:15-11:30 (Room 103)                                                                                                       Ben Casteel and others
Growing Window Boxes
Gardeners of all ages will learn about planting and caring for window box plants that will produce brilliant color all summer. YOUTH - All under 18 accompanied by an adult will be given 3 free rooted cuttings for planting. Master Gardeners will assist students in choosing and repotting their plants.


11:45-1:00 (Exec. Aud.)                                                                                                         Linda Doan
How to Grow Flowers Like Aunt Willie’s
For over twenty years, Aunt Willie's Flower Farm in Blountville has been growing some of the most beautiful flowers for enhancing homes, private parties, weddings, etc. Owner Linda Doan will share how to grow, cut, and preserve these beauties.


2:30-4:00 (Exec. Aud.)                                                                                                           Sara Klopf
Forestry Reclamation on Abandoned Coal Mine Sites
Sara Klopf is a Virginia Tech research associate with a split appointment between the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation.  Sara manages research projects related to the revegetation of mined landscapes and the use of native species for restoration.  Learn about the latest research in reclamation of abandoned coal mine sites.

2:30-4:00 (Room 103)                                                                                                           Rebecca Willis

The Art of Topiary
Back by Popular Demand!  Rebecca Willis will lead a make and take Topiary Workshop. Students will create a living work of art - a reclining kitty cat.  Take home a plant kitty that will grow for years - with proper care.
Pre-registration Required.  $30 Fee, Limit 25 (Workshop)