Master Gardener Plant Sales

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Looking for a good deal on plants? Check out your local Master Gardener group’s plant sale!

Master Gardener plant sales often include plants dug up from the members’ own gardens. The Master Gardeners dig them, divide them, pot them, and baby them until they get to pass them on to […]

Shenandoah Valley Farmers Markets

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Running low on tomatoes or cucumbers in your garden? If so, hit one of the Shenandoah Valley’s many farmers markets and get just about anything!

My favorite market is the Harrisonburg Market. Many no-pesticide farmers and just about every fruit one would want. It’s worth a 45-minute drive Saturday mornings!


Passamaquoddy Loop Hike in Shenandoah National Park

Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service!

How nice! Instead of expecting a gift from its guests, NPS gave a gift to the public: free admission at national parks.

Hubby and I took advantage of the free entry by visiting Shenandoah National Park for a hike.


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Roaring Run Hike Near Roanoke

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On a recent visit with my sister in Roanoke, we were blessed with a beautiful clear morning after a week of very hot and humid weather.

My active sister suggested we take a short hike at Roaring Run, a beautiful little 1.5 mile round-trip hike about an hour from her home. […]

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 […]