York/Poquoson event announcement: Registration now open for the Horticulture Extravaganza “Cultivating a Community of Gardeners” event to be held at Poquoson High School on March 3rd, 2018. Come enjoy speakers and exhibits, vendors. Registration and Shopping start at 7:30am and includes lunch and door prize tickets. Classes begin at 8:45. Registration fee is $20 before Jan. 31st and $25 after that date with a registration deadline of Feb. 16th. Registration fills up fast and starts Dec. 15th it can be found on our website: www.yorkcounty.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=237... See MoreSee Less
This week's Master Gardener favorite plant of the week is Lobelia cardinalis, submitted by Donna VanKeuren of our Norfolk unit. Lobelia is a bright red native plant, making it great for a colorful garden! This publication from the VA Cooperative Extension offers more ideas for native plants that fit into a red, white, and blue themed garden! ow.ly/LI7G30haQc9... See MoreSee Less
Have you heard of the Lobelia cardinalis? Donna VanKeuren a Master Gardener from our Norfolk unit, proudly admits that the cardinal flower is her favorite! “One day this summer I had the pleasure of watching a hummingbird go back and forth between my red and blue Cardinal Flowers, enjoying the nectar.” While it is beautiful, it is considered toxic if ingested in large quantities, so beware!
Here's some interesting data from the National Extension Master Gardener program! Look at how much volunteer time is contributed by EMGs (and only 40 states contributed data to this survey)! WOW
[The image says: According to the National Extension Master Gardener Committee ... In 2016, 40 state Master Gardener Programs: • Had 88,951 certified EMGs� • Who loggged 5,718,738 hours� • For a combined dollar value of $138,050,335* *Dollar value based on a rate of $24.14 from independentsector.org] ... See MoreSee Less