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SPRING PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

CMG Vegetable of the Week

Our Master Gardeners will share articles on some of their favorite vegetables with you this summer. Be inspired to try growing or eating some different vegetables this year. You can click on the link below for a pdf of the article. They will also be on Facebook.

1.  Asparagus. Submitted by Cliff Winter  

 

Uncommon Invertebrates

Invertebrates are animals without a backbone or bony skeleton. They range in size from microscopic mites to giant squid with soccer-ball-size eyes. This is by far the largest group in the animal kingdom: 97 percent of all animals are invertebrates.

Our Master Gardeners have choosen some interesting ones to share with you.

1. Walking Stick, Submitted by Marvin Barnes 

 

"Favorite May Flowers"

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Each day in the month of May we will be sharing a different "Favorite" flower on the CMG Facebook page. All of these articles have been submitted by our Chesapeake Master Gardeners. You can also link to a pdf of each article below. 

1. Caryopteris x clandonensis, Commonly known as Bluebeard, Blue Mist Shrub and Blue Spirea. Submitted by Victoria Thomas

2. Nepeta Racemosa 'Walker's Low', Commonly know as Catmint. Submitted by Sandy West

3. Pycnanthemum tenuifolium, Commonly known as Narrowleaf Mountain Mint, Submitted by Lauren Ragsac

4. Aquilegia flabellate, Commonly known as Fan Columbine, Submitted by Misty Goldman

5. Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt', Commonly known as Peony, Submitted by Janet Grubbs

6. Tradescantia virginiana, Commonly known as Spiderwort, Submitted by Ceil Rochevot

7. Liatris spicata, Commonly known as Blazing Star or Gayfeather, Submitted by Helene Haluska

8. Lavandula stoechas 'Bandera Pink', Commonly known as French Lavendar, Submitted by Kandy Keith

9. Rhododendron austrinum 'Ball Truss', Commonly known as Native Azalea, Submitted by Nadine Scott

10. Trillium grandflorun, Commonly known as Large-Flowered Trillium, Submitted by Brenda Huff

11. Heleborus orientalis, Commonly known as Lenten Rose, Submitted by Denise Bennett

12. Stylophorum diplyllun, Commonly known as the Celandine or wood poppy, Submitted by Brenda Barrett

13. Callicarpa americana, Commonly known as Beautyberry, Submitted by Cliff Winter

14. Rehmennia elata, Commonly known as Chinese Foxglove or Beverly Bells, Submitted by Rebecca Jones

15. Plsum sativum, Commonly known as Sugar Snap Pea, Submitted by Connie Smith

16. Zinna elegans, Commonly known as Zinnia, Submitted by Vicki Roberts

17. Rhododendron 'Conles' Encore Autumn Express, Commonly known as Evergreen or Encore Azalea, Submitted by Sandra Koppen

18. Chionanthus virginicus, Commonly known as White Fringe Tree, Submitted by Diane Fenno

19.  Baptisia sphaerocarpa 'Carolina Moonlight'", Commonly known as False Indigo, Submitted by Donell Moose  

20. Iris germanica 'Mango Entree', Commonly known as Bearded Iris, Submitted by Joan Gregory

21. Chrysogonum virginianum, Commonly known as Golden Knee or Goldenstar, Submitted by Patricia O'Connor

22. Leucanthemum x Superbum 'Becky' and 'Crazy Daisy', Commonly known as Shasta Daisy, Submitted by Shawn Tasch

23. Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin', Commonly known as Viburnum, Submitted by Celilia Bernuy

24. Paeonia 'Bartzella', Commonly known as Itoh peony, Submitted by Vickie Green

25. Rosa 'KORladcher' Fiji, Commonly known as Hybrid Tea Rose, Submitted by Pat Starling

26. Clematis 'Kakio' (Pink Champagne), Commonly known as Leather Flower, Submitted by Erica Jones

27. Penstemon 'Dark Towers', Commonly known as Beardtongue, Submitted by Brenda Orton

28.Stewartia malacodendron, Commonly known as Virginia Stewartia or Silky Camellia, Submitted by Linda Bradley

 29. Thermopsis villosa, Commonly known as Carolina Lupine or False Lupine, Submitted by Kathy King

30.Hydrangea macrophylla - 'Endless Summer the Original', Commonly known as Bigleaf hydrangea, Submitte by Amy Weber

31. Gloriosa superba 'Rothschildlana', Commonly known as the Gloriosa lily, Submitted by Yen Bao

 Plant-A-Row begins on June 2, 2020

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Rain Barrel Virtual Workshop 2020 These two informational videos will tell you Why Use Rain Barrels and How to Build a Rain Barrel based on the rain barrel kit we have available.

 

Pruning to Vermicomposting: Workshops for 2020.

Sign up today for one of our educational workshops. There are so many to choose from you can be sure to find one that fits your interests.

DUE TO THE COVID 19 AND SOCIAL DISTANCING SOME OF OUR WORKSHOPS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. The May 2 and May 16 workshops have been cancelled but a Virtual Workshop has been created for people that would like to purchase a Rain Barrel. See the Flyer above to sign up. Please call to see if others have been cancelled or will be held in June and July. 

 

To view the full pdf open the link.

MG Workshops 2020

 Watch Master Gardener Vicki Roberts talk about the Importance of Bees.

Her Interview on "A CLOSER LOOK" - Chesapeake TV 

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Pruning Guidelines

One of the key times to prune trees and shrubs is late winter, right before the new growth starts. This is a helpful PRUNING CALENDAR for year round pruning guidelines. 

Interesting New Articles - Choose a Gardening Topic

Click on the links below to read the informative articles written by our talented Master Gardeners as well as our interns from the class of 2019 and 2020:  

1. Planting a Buffer Garden

2. Container Gardening for Beginners

3. Garden Trains

4. Lilacs in Southeastern Virginia

5. Growing Blueberries

6. Health Benefits from Cucumbers

7. Patience is a Virtue 

8. Companion Planting

9. Lettuce & Spinach Growing Guidelines

10. Fall Blooming Asters

11. The Buckeye Tree

 

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If you are a Chesapeake Master Gardener (or one of our program partners) and want to share an event that is currently not listed, please let us know.

NOTE: Our CMG Calendar (linked to the left) has been created solely for Chesapeake Master Gardeners and includes advanced education and volunteer opportunities that may not be listed on our public calendar.  Intern training dates are available via Intern Corner.

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