The Gardening Talks and Workshops committee of the Virginia Beach Master Gardeners plans and hosts a series of lectures for the public each year. The one-hour lectures are held at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, located at 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, on Monday evenings throughout the year. All talks begin at 7 p.m. Speakers provide a variety of garden-related information and topics have included seed starting, pruning, edible gardens, container gardening, native plants, and many more. The lectures are not sequential, so you can attend all, or just your favorite topics. All talks are free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Workshops are scheduled throughout the year to provide a hands-on experience for residents. Participants work directly with Master Gardeners to complete projects, such as a mason bee house or starting cuttings, or learn first-hand skills and techniques for working in their own gardens. Workshops are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required, as each workshop is limited to a certain number of participants.
Check our Calendar of Events for a complete listing of this year’s Gardening Talks and Workshops, and for registration information.
January 29 - Bee Keeping Basics: Learn beekeeping basics from an expert and safety around bees. Join Pam Fisher, VCE Chesapeake Master Gardner & Beekeeper
Febuary 26 - From the Ground Up - 5 Steps to Vegetable Gardening: Successful vegetable gardening starts with planning and preparation, goes through selection and planting & ends with good eating! Join Gi Gillespie, VCE Norfolk Master Gardener
March 26 - Perennially Yours - Harness the Power of Perennial Plants for Your Garden! Whether your garden is in sun or shade, wet or dry, perennials can provide color & texture all through the year, and in time, yield extra plants to share with friends & family. Learn which perennials are reliable in our area. Join Liz Maurer, VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardener
April 30 - Straw Bale Gardening Straw bale gardening is fun and easy, especially if your space is limited. Join Fred Ball, VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardener
May 21 - How to Make Compost in 30 Days! Learn how to quickly turn your kitchen and yard waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment to improve your landscape and garden beds. Join Alice Brown, VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardener
June 25 - Pruning: It's all in the timing. Pruning should be a regular part of all shrub & tree maintenance. Proper pruning involves the selective removal of plant parts to achieve a variety of desirable outcomes. Revitalize, control, & influence your plants today! Join Molly O' Liddy, Urban Forester, Virginia Department of Forestry
July 30 - Succulents in the Local Landscape: A Focus on Hardy Sedums By looking at digital photos & live plants, learn to choose the sedums you want, pick the planting site, & on-going care for these succulents. Join Pat Stallings, VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardener
August 20 - Is Your Landscape Plant Sick? Learn how to determine what may be wrong with your plant, what you can or cannot do about it, and what expectations are realistic. Join Sherry Kern, VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardener
October 8 - Herbs: Preserving the Harves Learn how to harvest, dry, and store your herbs. Join Cyndi Wyskiewicz, VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardener
November 26 - Introduction to Hydroponics Brian will discuss types of hydroponic systems, pH, & the advantages of hydroponic gardening vs. growing plants in soil. He will also explain options for indoor lighting & hydroponic systems that work great outdoors. Join Brian Tramley, Owner, I Love Hydroponics
December 3 - Orchids: 101 Learn tips on care, culture, bugs, repotting, and reblooming of orchids. Frank will answer all of your orchid questions! Join Frank Drew, Past President & Show Chairman, Tidewater Orchid Society
Free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Workshops are held at various locations:
HRAREC- Hampton Roads Agricultural Research & Extension Center, 1444 Diamond Springs Rd.
Virginia Beach Farmers Market- 3640 Dam Neck Rd. (behind the Rural Heritage Center)
February 16 - Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Work with certified VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardeners to develop a landscape plan that supports beneficial wildlife. 9:00 am - 12 noon; HRAREC
February 16 - Insects & Pollinators Workshop: Build a free mason bee house and learn how to attract beneficial insects and other pollinators to your garden.12:30 - 4:00 pm; HRAREC
February 17 - Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Work with certified VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardeners to develop a landscape plan that supports beneficial wildlife. 9:00 am - 12 noon; HRAREC
February 17 - Insects & Pollinators Workshop: Build a free mason bee house and learn how to attract beneficial insects and other pollinators to your garden.12:30 - 4:00 pm; HRAREC
February 24 - Tree Talks: Pruning & planting basics, with information on tools, & tree & shrub care. 8:30 am - 2 pm; HRAREC
March 24 - Irrigation for Your Home Gardens: Joine Joey Elliott, VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardener Learn to plan, assemble, install, & operate your own home garden irrigation system. 10:00 -11:30 Virgina Beach Farmers Market
June 23 - Paper, Paint, and Petals: Joine Linda Edwards, VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardener. Create your own paper seed bomb from recycled paper. Identify and use flowers to create your version of a Monet painting. **This workshop is geared towards children, grades 2-4. Children must be accompanied by an adult. ** 10:00 am - 12 noon; HRAREC
August 4 - Tea Time in the Kitchen Garden: Learn how to grow and enjoy herbs for teas in your own backyard. 9:00-10:30, Virginia Beach Farmers Market
August 25 - Beneficial Insects in the Home Garden: Joine Karen Green, VCE Virginia Beach Master Gardener. Discover beneficial insects, their identities, & their role in pollination & ecological balance. Don't miss this interesting and informative talk that every organic gardener needs to fully understand. 09:00-10:30, Virginia Beach Farmers Market
October 27 - Bird Bark Butter Log: Attract many beautiful and colorful birds to your backyard with a bark butter log feeder. Build a bark butter log & whip up a batch of bark butter. 9:00-10:30am; HRAREC