Master Gardener College Tour Highlight

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Are you planning to attend Extension Master Gardener College in Blacksburg this year? Arrive early and enjoy a day of exciting tours and workshops on Thursday June 21! This year’s EMG College features some brand new tours and workshops, as well as some classic favorites, including:

Fruit of the Rot: Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

What do a morel, a chanterelle, and an oyster mushroom all have in common? They are all found in Virginia’s ecosystems! Join Mark Jones, from Sharon Dale Farms, at a pre-college workshop to learn how to grow several different types of specialty mushrooms using low-tech, low-cost methods in your garden or woodlot. Discussions will include biology and ecology of fungi in agriculture, using mushrooms for personal and ecological health, and methods for cultivating shiitake, oyster, lion’s mane, reishi, and other mushrooms in wood, straw, and compost, harvesting, and marketing. A hands-on mushroom log activity will prepare you to grow your own!

Junior Master Gardener Program: Train the Trainer | 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Do you love working with children, especially when it involves gardening? Then the “Train the Trainer” program is for you! Join Stephanie Huckestein, Junior Master Gardener Coordinator of Virginia, and Michelle Dickerson, Montgomery County Cooperative Extension 4H Agent, for a “Train the Leader” workshop on the Level 1 Junior Master Gardner Curriculum and other complimentary curricula: Learn, Grow, Eat, and Go; Wildlife Gardener; and Literature in the Garden. You will gain knowledge and experience of the Level 1 JMG program, receive a JMG training presentation as well as handouts of research-based studies and other helpful information that will enable you to lead a JMG training workshop for your local teachers and other educators. Sign up to today so you can help to inspire youth!

Canoe the New | 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Sign up for this program if you love water, the New River Valley, and being out in nature! Spend a day canoeing the New River! This seven-mile paddle will take you past scenic vistas and even a few rapids as you explore the New River, which is one of the oldest rivers in North America! Canoe trip begins in Radford and ends in Peppers Ferry, Virginia; transportation and all equipment rentals are included in additional fees! You wouldn’t want to miss out on this splashing, fun-filled adventure, but you should be prepared to get wet.

VT Gardens & Greenhouses | 9:00 AM – 11:30 PM

Are you new to Master Gardener College? Are you curious about what Virginia Tech’s spectacular horticulture facilities have to offer? Sign up today for the always popular, guided tour through the Hahn Horticulture Garden. Stephanie Huckestein will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the VT Horticulture Department’s greenhouses. Get the dirt on this year’s themes and learn all the secrets there are to know about the beautiful garden!

Sill need to register for College?

For full registration details and instructions (PDF).

Full details regarding the 31st Annual Master Gardener College can be found in the latest edition of In Season.

Happy Registering and see you in June!

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