Quick Tips for a Winter Habitat Garden Lecture

Above: Peggy Schochet, local Extension Master Gardner and Master Naturalist, will be teaching the class on how to increase the winter habitat in your garden over the winter for local wildlife.

Master Gardeners free lecture on Quick Tips for a Winter Habitat Garden and Plant/Seed Giveaway

 The Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and Fauquier and Rappahannock County Master Gardeners are offering a presentation, Quick Tips for a Winter Habitat Garden and a Plant/Seed Giveaway on Saturday, September 22, at 1 pm at the historic Marshall Schoolhouse #18 Demonstration Gardens, 7592 John Marshall Highway, Marshall (next to the Recycle Center).

Leaving your garden a little messy could provide important habitat for local wildlife.  Master Gardener and Naturalist Peggy Schochet will lead a walk through Schoolhouse 18 gardens and talk about how to prepare your garden to provide winter food and shelter for beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife.  She will also point out plants that are particularly helpful for supporting the birds and insects through winter. Following the walk, Schoolhouse 18 Master Gardeners will be giving away free to the public extra plants that we have grown or divided and seeds that we have harvested.

The “Quick Tips for a Winter Habitat Garden and Plant/Seed Giveaway!” presentation is part of the Fauquier and Rappahannock Master Gardeners’ Saturday Afternoons in the Garden program, a series of horticultural classes held from spring to fall each year for the community. The classes are taught by horticultural experts and seasoned Master Gardeners and cover a broad range of topics from gardening techniques and tips to advances in environmental and conservation issues. The series provides local gardeners with innovative gardening techniques and best practices that they can put to use in their own home gardens.

The program will last 60 minutes and will be followed by a short question and answer period. The plant/seed giveaway is after the presentation.  It is recommended to come dressed for the weather as the workshop is held outdoors, rain or shine. Some seats will be provided but attendees may choose to bring their own lawn chairs. Parking is limited at #18 Schoolhouse. Additional parking is available at the Northern Fauquier Community Park or along Whiting Road. Please do not park along Highway 55. The class is free. To register or for additional information please contact the Master Gardener Help Desk at 540-341-7950, Ext. 1, or email helpdesk@fc-mg.org.

About the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners  

Master Gardeners are volunteers for the Virginia Cooperative Extension, who are dedicated to working with the community to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices. Please visit our website for information on the Master Gardener program and upcoming events: www.fc-mg.org.

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