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2021 Winter Information & Programs

Happy New Year from Chesapeake Master Gardeners 

Come out this year and enjoy nature by walking one of the trails at the Chesapeake Arboreteum, 624 Oak Grove Rd, this holiday season. This is the link to the site with trail maps. 

Chesapeake Master Gardener Volunteer Program

The 2021 Chesapeake Master Gardener Volunteer Program starts on Tuesday, January 5. This year we are doing in-person day training in a large space Tuesdays and Thursdays and we will be simultaneously doing the program with Zoom. We are excited to welcome some new interns into the program. 

2020 Plant Stands and Creature Houses Sale  

Some of our Master Gardeners are also skilled at woodworking. These beautifully crafted plant stands or a creature house will be built to order for your home or garden area. 

This is the link to the order form. Fill out the order form and send it back with your check to place your order. Check should be made payable to VCE Chesapeake and mailed to VCE/ Chesapeake Department of Agriculture, 310 Shea Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322.

You will be contacted when your order is ready to pick up. 

Plant Stands  Creature Houses

 Take a Guided Tree Tour

Learn from a Master Gardener about the variety of trees in Battlefield Park. 

Tree Tour 2021


Virginia Tech is offering a Virtual Course on Turfgrass 

No traditional in-person turfgrass short courses will be offered this year due to the pandemic so the VT Turf Team is taking the opportunity to offer its inaugural on-line introductory turfgrass school from Dec thru March, leading to the opportunity for students to sit for the Virginia Tech Certified Turfgrass Professional certification exams upon successfully completing the school requirements. To sign up for the course CLICK HERE! To view the Flyer with detailed information on the course CLICK HERE.


Retention Pond and Buffer Garden Teaching Signs

Neignborhoods, schools or businesses that have a retention pond with a buffer garden should consider getting a set of these teaching signs. The set of five 36" x 24" signs were developed by our GREEN TEAM. There signs outline the best practices for maintaining a retention pond and buffer garden. They are attractive, durable outdoor signs that can be installed around a retention pond. Chesapeake Master gardeners will pay half of the cost of the signs as an educational value to the community. To view the signs click HERE. If you are interested in getting a set or need more information contact Mike Andruczyk at 757-382-6348.

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This set of signs is installed at Atlantic Shores Christian School.

Virtual Fall Plant Sale ended on October 11

Thank you for taking advantage of our sale. These are some of the plants that we had for sale at the Virtual Plant Sale. If you purchased these plants at the sale these reference sheets will guide you in successful planting. Planting perennials, trees and shrubs in the fall gives them a head start on growth for the following spring. The cooler weather and fall rains cause less stress on your new plants, allowing the root system to become established in a comfortable environment before the winter and ready for growth next spring. 

'Kickin Pink Chiffon' New England Aster, Latin Name: Symphoytrichum novae-angliae

Wild Pink, Latin Name: Silene caroliniana

'Pink Cascade' Butterfly Bush, Latin Name: Buddlelia

'Miss Molly' Butterfly Bush, Latin Name: Buddelia

'Let's Dance Rave' Big Leaf Hyrangea, Latin Name: Hydrangea macrophylla

'Let's Dance Starlight' Big Leaf Hydrangea, Latin Name: Hydrangea macrophylla

'Merritt's Supreme' Big Leaf Hydrangea, Latin Name: Hydrangea macrophylla

'Let's Dance Blue Jangles' Big Leaf Hydrangea, Latin Name: Hydrangea macrophylla

'Snow Flake' Oakleaf Hydrangea, Latin Name: Hydrangea quercifolia

'Twirligig' Mountain Hydrangea, Latin Name: Hydrangea serrata

'Cherry Mocha' Crape Myrtle, Latin Name: Lagerstroemia indica 

'Magenta Chiffon' Rose of Sharon, Latin Name: Hibiscus syriacus

Sweet Woodruff, Latin Name: Galium odoatum

'Scentlandia' Sweetspire, Latin Name: Itea virginica

'Dee Runk' Boxwood, Latin Name: Buxus sempervirens

'Unraveled' Weeping Boxwood, Latin Name: Buxus sempervirens

Seven Sons Shrub, Latin Name: Heptacodium miconioides

Redvein Shrub, Latin Name: Enkianthus campanulatus

Plumbago or Leadwort, Latin Name: Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

'Barbara Rogers' Hardy Wax Begonia, Latin name Begonia semperflorens

Chinese Astible var. pumila, Latin Name: Astilbe chinensis

'Indigo Spires' Sage, Latin Name: Salvia longispicata x farinacea

Mexican Petunia, Latin Name: Ruellia simplex

'Safari Adventure' Pineapple Lily, Latin name: Eucomis

Blue Atlas Cedar- Glauca, Latin Name: Cedrus atlantica

Katsura Tree, Latin Name: Cercidphyllum japonica

Ginkgo Maidenhair Tree, Latin Name: Ginkgo biloba

'Manyo no Sato' Japanese Maple, Latin Name: Acer palmatum

'Twombly's Red Sentinel' Japanese Maple, Latin Name: Acer palmatum

'Hubbs Red Willow' Japanese Maple, Latin Name: Acer palmatum

Snowbell Tree, Latin name Styrax obassia

'Momo shidare' Weeping Pink Japanese Snowbell, Latin Name: Styrax japonicus

'Korean Spice' Viburnum, Latin Name: Viburnum carlesii

'Golden Spring' Winterhazel, Latin Name: Carylosis spicata

Twin-flowered Daphne, Latin Name: Daphne pontica (Hybrid)

'Twinkle Toes' Japanese Cedar, Latin Name: Crypotomeria japonica

'Baby Blue Ice' Dwarf Sawara Cypress, Latin Name: Chamaecyparis pisifera

'Pam Puryear' Pink Turk's Cap, Latin Name: Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

'Eagle's Flight' Tall Bearded Iris, Latin Name: Isis germanica

'Firecracker' Stonecrop, Latin Name: Hylotelephium (Sedum)

'Ruby Slippers' Solomon's Seal, Latin Name: Polygonatum odoratum

Voodoo Lily - Corpse Flower, Latin name: Amorphophallus konja

Yellow Garland Lily, Latin Name: Hedychium flavescens

Native Plants: These are native plants & trees that are available.

'Allen Bush' Goldenstar or Green and Gold, Latin Name: Chrysogonum virgianum 

Celandine Poppy, Latin name: Stylophorum diphyllum 

Southern Blue Flag, Latin Name: iris virginica var. shrevia

Northern Blue Flag, Latin Name: Iris versicolor

'American Goldfinch' False Indigo, Latin name: Baptisia australis

'Michaelma's Daisy' New York Aster, Latin Name: Symphyotrochium novi-belgii

'Glamor Girl' Tall Garden Phlox, Latin Name: Phlox paniculata

Lead Plant or Downy Indigo Bush, Latin name: Amorpha canescens

'Little Midge' Dwarf Palm Sedge, Latin Name: Carex Muskingumensis

Seersucker Sedge, Latin Name: Carex plantagine

Drooping Fetterbush, Latin Name: Leucothoe fontanesiana

'Aphrodite' Sweetshrub, Lattin Name: Calycanthus Floridus

'Little Goblin Orange' Winterberry, Latin Name: Ilex verticillata

Buttonbush, Latin Name: Cephalanthus Occidentalis 

American Persimmon, Latin Name: Diospyros virginiana

Valley Forge American Elm, Latin Name: Ulmus americana

Bald Cypress, Latin Name: Taxodium distichum

Longleaf Pine, Latin Name: Pinus palustris

Pawpaw, Latin Name: Asimina tribola


 Plant-A-Row: Reached their goal and collected 10,489 lbs.

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Our goal for the year was 10,000 lbs. We reached that goal on Tuesday, October 6 by collecting 797 lbs of vegetables and 228 lbs of canned goods for a total of 1,025 lbs.

Thank you to everyone in the community for helping us meet our goal. We were able to serve 1,612 families consisting of 4,559 adults and children. 

We're not finished yet. There is still a need in our community so we will be excepting donations through mid-December at the Chesapeake Extension office. If you are able to make a donation call 757-382-6348 to arrange a drop off time.


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