Program Highlights 2017 MARCH 22, 2017: 4-H GARDEN CLUB at Riverlawn Elementary School. Master Gardeners Steve Hale, Olin and Ruth Ann Whitener, can be seen with the school children and VCE Agent Chris Lichty. Chris Lichty, Pulaski County Senior extension Agent who specializes in 4-H Youth Development, was our host. Chris explained how the 4-H gardening programs designed to engage members in “hands-on inquiry” gardening and horticulture projects. Steve Hale describes the impact of the program and the Master Gardener role. Nineteen master gardeners attended this program to hear Chris describe the “connection to community” that exists when students, teachers and master gardeners work together. Greenhouse in the garden at Riverlawn Elementary School in Fairlawn. 4-H is alive with horticulture experiences in this living laboratory. MARCH 25, 2017: WAY COOL TOOLS came to the Hahn Pavilion to present a program about choosing and maintaining garden tools. Following his talk in the pavilion, Charles, the owner of the company, demonstrated the implements in the garden. In the picture above, you can see Master Gardener Laura Morris working with a Broad-fork. In the picture to the right, Charles demonstrates a flame weeder. APRIL 1, 2017: RADFORD UNIVERSITY’S SELU CONSERVATORY. The afternoon began with a potluck lunch shared with out host. Ryley Harris, RU student and leader of the Selu garden and service club, and Kaylee Caroline, volunteer, and aspiring organic farmer, led the tour of the garden. As a way to practice permaculture, swales are created. Raised beds at Selu are prepared for spring planting. JUNE 11, 2017, MYSTIC RIVER LAVENDER. Master Gardener, Lisa Lloyd is asking a question as Janice Mileski,our hostess, provides a tour of the lavender fields. Keith Mileski, a chemist, provided information about the different types of lavender plants and the science of creating products containing lavender. Janice demonstrates where to cut the lavender when harvesting. Master gardners Susan Perry and Gwen Douglas enjoy the tour. JULY 30, 2017: JOHN AND AMY OGBURN’S GARDEN, BLACKSBURG Highlight of a shady area at the Ogburn’s: Brunnera Alexander the Great Persian Shield, a tropical, enjoying a sunny day outdoors. Glowing evergreens are also present in the Ogburn’s beautiful garden. Do you see the visitor? The Ogburn garden welcomes birds and pollinators. Peruvian Verbena is abundant at the Ogburn’s. Orchids galore are grown by John Ogburn. During warmer days, the orchids live outdoors in pots and on mounts hung from trees. The program provided by John Ogburn was both educational and beautiful! AUGUST 13, 2017: STONEWOOD BOTANICAL GARDEN, BLACKSBURG Mary Lalone and Kim Knight develop and maintain this beautiful garden. Here is a space with an Italian flare! Mary shares her knowledge of tropical plants that winter over in the greenhouse. This lovely lady basks in the sun! Her name is Orabelle which means “beautiful seacoast.” Orchids and carnivorous plants are at home at Stonewood. Fish are loving the pond in the Japanese garden. Succulents are one of Kim’s passions. Here see an example of one of the lovely gathering places throughout the garden. SEPTEMBER 7, 2017: LANDSCAPE LIGHTING. Expert Mike Dangerfield gave a very insightful talk about use of outdoor lighting in our gardens. Master gardener Steve Hale was the gracious host for this very informative educational program. Steve’s home was the perfect backdrop for this topic. Master gardeners ask questions after Mike’s talk.