Plant ID Field Trip to Blandy Experimental Farm

Our Master Gardener class recently took a plant-ID field trip to Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Virginia. The field trip was lead by Mary Stickley-Godinez of Countryside Nurseries.

If you haven’t been, you need to add it to your “things to do” list. It is a beautiful place, and that’s with only one wildflower (that I […]

Victorian Christmas in Edinburg – Touring the Shenandoah Valley

Historic Marker

I recently spent a cold Saturday night supporting the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce and touring 12 area homes and churches as part of the “Victorian Christmas in Edinburg, 2010 Sixth Annual Candlelight Parlor Tours.” You can view a sites we visited at the Town of Ediburg’s website.

Some of the homeowners were […]

Shenandoah Christmas Trees – Where to Buy

Christmas Tree

In my family, Thanksgiving is the official start to the Christmas decorating season. In the Shenandoah Valley, it starts even earlier, so if you’re like me, you’re already behind!

When you’re ready to buy your tree, you have the option of going to a big-box store, but for about the same price, […]

Mountain View Christmas Tree Farm in the Shenandoah Valley

We had a wonderful time picking and cutting our own Christmas tree at Mountain View Farm outside of Woodstock, Virginia. Just 15 minutes from our home here in the Shenandoah Valley, the friendly owners described the different trees, loaned us a saw, and thoroughly cleaned out the dead needles. They also provided a nice cart […]

Woodstock Virginia Christmas Parade

What happens at the 2010 Woodstock, Virginia, Christmas parade? Light snow flurries, Santa, firetrucks, cadets, tractors, caroling, a tree, freezing temperatures, and hot chocolate…to name a few things! Here are a few pictures. I didn’t have a great deal of success with the camera. I unfortunately got some glare from a streetlamp in a significant […]