Chronicaling the lunacy of taming three acres in Tidewater Virginia, one square foot at a time!

"Gardens... should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves. ~H.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring Garden Events in the Area

The next Backyard Gardeners “Garden Talk” on Tuesday, March 16 from 7-8:30 pm at the Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road, is “Spice Up Your Life” with Elizabeth Meska., A personal chef and lifestyle specialist, Elizabeth has grown and used herbs for years. Trained as a Master Gardener, she is on the Advisory Board at the Fred Heutte Center in Norfolk, owns her own business, and is a well-known speaker. Her expertise spans a number of areas, but she is most comfortable speaking about herbs and their uses. Elizabeth will show some herb plants and present a powerpoint program outlining the favorite herbs of this area and instructions for growing them. She will also answer questions on all things herb. A booklet of information about herbs, how to grow them, and recipes using them will be given to each participant and each will make a spice bouquet garni to take home. This interactive program will offer all you need to successfully grow and use your own herbs. Join us for this enlightening sensory experience. This program is free and open to the public and presented thanks to a generous donation from the Woodard’s Mill Garden Club in Chesapeake.

In upcoming months....
April 20
"Fairies & Buddhas & Cowboys, Oh My... Theme Gardens"
Ginny Moritz, Garden Maven

May 18
"Meet the Natives"
Vickie Shufer, naturalist and author

Check out the Backyard Gardeners Site at:

Other SE Virginia- NE North Carolina Spring Garden Events


March 19-20, 10 am-6 pm
March 21, 10 am-5 pm
Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market
"Heritage Celebration"
Virginia Beach Convention Center
The Backyard Gardeners will sell hand crafted yard art (Y’Art) and 200 vendors from across the country will display and sell a variety of crafts. Admission price is $6. Children under 12 free. Bring a canned food donation for 50¢ off the admission.


April 17
26th TCC Hort Club Annual Spring Plant Sale
TCC Greenhouses, 1428 Cedar Road, Chesapeake
There will be a variety of bedding plants and vegetables, all “home grown” by TCC horticulture program students. We will assist you in making your plant selections and planning your summer Victory Garden this year! We will have herbs and vegetable plants and flowering annuals including 6.5” geraniums (6 colors), 4.5” Assorted Proven Winners, Combination Hanging Baskets and Annual Flats (Impatiens & Begonias).

April 17, 9 am-4pm
April 18, 10 am-4 pm
Fred Heutte Herb & Art Sale
Fred Heutte Center, Norfolk
There will be herbs, perennials and other plants for sale and a variety of vendors with art and craft items. The Backyard Gardeners will display and sell yard art (Y’Art) items.

April 17, 8:30 am-1pm
14th Annual River Walk Spring Plant Sale
River Walk Clubhouse, 701 River Walk Pkwy (off Great Bridge Blvd)
The sale will include locally grown annuals, perennials, potted plants, hanging baskets, herbs and more at great prices. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the group’s many community projects.

April 23rd, 2010 , 1 pm-6 pm
April 24th, 2010, 9 am– 4 pm
Annual Currituck Home Flower and Garden Show
Currituck County Center,120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917
There will be a variety of vendors, garden exhibits, children’s activities and more. Come learn how to grow edible foods for your family in any garden situation. For more information on the show or if you would like to be a vendor, call the NC Cooperative Extension Service, Currituck County Center at 252-232-2262.

April 24, 9:30 am-3:00 pm
TBG Spring Garden Faire
Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road
There will be a variety of locally grown plants including trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and vegetables at great prices. Information and displays on gardening topics will be available and members will be on hand to answer gardening questions. The Backyard Gardeners will also be selling hand crafted yard art (Y'Art) to add beauty and interest to your garden. All proceeds support the group’s mission of providing free educational programming to the community on gardening and horticultural topics.

April 24, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
The Las Gaviotas Garden Club's Annual Spring Plant Sale
neighborhood gazebo on Country Club Blvd.
Please stop by to see our offering of flowering annuals, terra cotta pot gardens, ferns, gorgeous hanging baskets, and possibly herbs. Past sales have benefitted some of our favorite charities, such as The Chesapeake Arboretum, a scholarship for horticulture students at Tidewater Community College, Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Elizabeth River Project, Great Bridge Battlefield Waterways project and Las Gaviotas community beautification projects. Please call Becky Neal, 410-1624, if you have any questions.

April 23rd Friday 8:00 am- 6:00 pm
April 24th Saturday 9:00 am-Noon
Chesapeake Master Gardeners Plant Sale
Chesapeake Municipal Center, 212 Holt Drive (behind the Agriculture Department's trailer & in front of the Great Bridge Community Center)
This year the sale has a theme. Chesapeake-Let's Grow Together! We are focusing on edible plants for our local community as well as our usual supply of perennials, annuals, trees, and shrubs. The funds raised are used to advance the mission of horticultural education in Chesapeake, VA.

April 24, from 8:00 am-Noon
Botanical Buddies Spring Plant Sale
Towne Bank, 137 Mt. Pleasant Road
We're going to sell hanging baskets, plants from member's yards, a few flats of annuals and rainbarrels. Proceeds support the group’s various community projects.


May 15, 10 am-2:30 pm
Coastal Garden Festival
Thomas A. Baum Senior Center
Kill Devil Hills, NC
Sponsored by the Dare County Master Gardeners. There will be a wide selection of plants, trees and shrubs for sale and a variety of vendors with art and craft items including items for your garden. The Backyard Gardeners will display and sell yard art (Y’Art

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