The following is a current list of topics available through the Virginia Beach Master Gardener Speakers’ Bureau.
This talk provides an overview of the Virginia Beach Master Gardener volunteer program and the goals of the Virginia Cooperative Extension. It includes information about Master Gardener projects throughout the city of Virginia Beach, as well as how to become a Master Gardener.
This presentation provides instruction in the care of African violets and other members of the Gesneriaceae family, which also includes gloxinia and Cape Primrose.
Let’s talk trash! Get answers to your questions about composting – even the ones you’re afraid to ask. This talk covers the basics of establishing a backyard compost, various methods of composting, and how to maintain it. Vermiculture (worm composting) is an optional topic that can be requested with this presentation.
Champion Trees are the largest known specimen of a species in a particular area. This presentation provides a visual tour of the Champion Trees in our city.
Explore plants that offer great fall color in your garden. Annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees are discussed for their flower and foliage colors.
This presentation provides an in-depth look at one of Virginia Beach’s favorite plants. Learn about the different varieties and sizes of crape myrtles and how to choose the right one for your landscape, as well as general care guidelines and correct pruning practices.
This presentation covers general information on small flowering and/or fruiting trees. Learn about selection and basic care, with an emphasis on pruning for form and fruiting.
Learn how to select and grow herbs in your own garden and investigate the many culinary uses for both common and unusual herbs.
Learn about herbs used in Colonial times to Victorian times, to counter-act the odors in the street and during a time when people bathed infrequently.
Interested in craft beer? Learn how to grow, harvest and use hops from your garden.
Take an historical look at the herbs commonly grown by the first settlers in our area and how they were used.
Find out how to extend your garden season by starting seeds indoors. This talk covers indoor seed sowing, seedling care, and transplanting.
This presentation discusses the basics of design and how native plants can work as key elements. Plants are discussed in terms of their size, bloom time and color, soil and light requirements, and other garden uses.
Learn how to make a concrete leaf casting for use as a bird bath, feeder, or decorative garden art. This presentation can be either a demonstration or a hands-on workshop.
Learn about more than 40 trees and shrubs native to Tidewater, their uses in the garden and landscape, growing requirements, size and other noteworthy characteristics such as blooms, fall color, and winter interest.
Learn the basics of pruning the shrubs and trees in your landscape. This talk includes information on tools, when to prune, how to make correct pruning cuts, and the many reasons for pruning.
A look at trees to incorporate into your various travels throughout continental United States. Trees may be champions, weird in some way, or display a unique characteristic.
Selecting the right tree or shrub for your landscape can minimize future maintenance problems. This talk will discuss factors to consider when choosing woody perennials for your yard or garden, including mature size, pruning, and soil and light requirements.
Learn which common practices can actually be harmful to your trees. This talk discusses the wrong (and right) way to care for trees in the landscape.
This presentation guides the homeowner through simple steps that can be taken in the yard to positively affect water quality. Hampton Roads has many waterways….and even more paths to those waterways. Everyone benefits from clean water….the oysters and you.
This talk aims at demystifying the plant label and explains what information can be found in the botanical names of plants, including the plant’s native region, foliage and flower characteristics, and growth habit. A basic understanding of the clues that botanical names provide about a plant can help in future plant and seed selection.
Learn about both old and new diseases and insect pests that threaten our valuable native trees and shrubs. This talk discusses these pests and how to protect the trees and what to expect in the future.