Upcoming Events for Virginia
Through October, Surry
College Run Farms
Come pick fresh strawberries in late May, blueberries June-July, sweet corn July-early August, and pumpkins and gourds in late September-October. No fee to visit the farm; simply pay for the produce you pick. You can also purchase homemade ice cream, have a snack or lunch in the picnic area, and visit the gift shop. Contact the family farm with specific questions at 757-294-3970 or visit collegerunfarms.com for the crop calendar
August 1-September 30, Blacksburg
Simply Elemental 2017: Garden Variety
Hahn Horticulture Garden
This year’s theme, “Garden Variety,” focuses on the diverse and the eclectic, the variety that grows in the common soil of southwestern Virginia. 35 jury-selected fanciful, whimsical and thought-provoking works will be displayed throughout the 6-acre garden. For more information, call 540-231-5970 or visit hort.vt.edu/hhg
September 1-30, Suffolk
Lake Drummond Wildlife Drive
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Vehicle access to Lake Drummond via the Railroad Ditch Entrance is open every day in September, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The gate will close one hour earlier to allow all vehicles to leave the area on time. The required self-serve permit and fee envelope can be found at the Permit Station on Railroad Ditch Road, 1/2 mile from the entry gate. All vehicles must pay a $5 daily fee for entry to the Wildlife Drive for touring or for boating. Other payment options can be found at the Permit Station. For more information, visit fws.gov/refuge/Great_Dismal_Swamp.
September 1, Glen Allen
Lavender Pruning Workshop
Lavender Fields Herb Farm
Now is the time to prune your lavender and prepare it for the coming winter. Come to the farm and learn how to prune your lavender at home. Watch and take notes on pruning in the field to see how it is done and take aromatic clippings home with you. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. with a $6 registration fee. Call 804-262-7167 or visit lavenderfieldsfarm.com for workshop details.
September 2, Montpelier Station
Historic Landscape Tour
James and Dolly Madison’s Montpelier
Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier evolved through generations of owners from a working plantation to a treasure trove of champion trees and unique plantings. Free tour begins at 1 p.m. Mansion grounds, visitor’s center, and walking trails are open daily, free of charge. House tours are $20 for adults. For details, call 540-672-2728 or visit montpelier.org.
September 2, Duffield
Natural Tunnel State Park
Explore the thrilling sights, smells, and sounds along with interesting nightlife. Park guides will take you on a hike through the park. Learn how to use your night vision and night hearing to get you through the woods. This is a free, 45-minute program. For your comfort and safety, appropriate footwear is required (no flip-flops, crocs, or sandals). Bring your flashlight. No pets allowed. The program takes place along portions of the Gorge Ridge Trail and the Purchase Ridge Trail. Hike will be no more than ½ mile round trip. Trail surface is a dirt/gravel mixture. Event begins at the camp store. 6:30-7:30 p.m. No pets allowed. For more information or registration, call 276-940-2674 or visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-tunnel.
September 12, Newport News
Virginia Living Museum
Nature Connects is an award-winning, record-breaking exhibition now touring North America. Created with over a half million LEGO pieces, this show features larger-than-life sculptures built with LEGO bricks by Brooklyn artist and children’s author Sean Kenney. The sculptures bring nature to life with a 6-foot hummingbird hovering over a trumpet flower, a deer family made from 48,000 bricks, a giant tortoise, a 7-foot long dragonfly, and more. This spectacular combination of nature and art will be featured outdoors in the Conservation Garden and other outdoor areas. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 757-595-1900 or visit thevlm.org.
September 16, Martinsville
“Celebrate the Rose” Rose Show
Piedmont Arts Building
Patrick Henry Rose Society’s 42nd annual rose show is open to the public beginning at 1 p.m. (after judging occurs). The Rose Vase Sale begins 1 p.m. until all are sold. Bloom sale begins 4 p.m. until gone. For more information, contact Society members Katherine Craig at 276-629-7723 or Glenn Sellers at 276-340-8816.
September 23, Surry
Garden Workday in Paradise
Chippokes Plantation State Park
National Public Lands Day is a nationwide event that draws thousands of visitors to parks for involvement in natural resource conservation. Savor the first days of fall weather with Garden Workday in Paradise, focusing on the formal gardens behind the Jones-Stewart Mansion, sprucing the flowerbeds and getting the garden ready for winter. Wear appropriate clothing for gardening. Gloves and tools will be provided. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Friends of Chippokes Gift Shop on the mansion grounds. Call 757-294-3728 or visit chippokes.com for details.
September 23, Gloucester
Gloucester Wine Festival
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs
Save the date for the 8th Annual Gloucester Wine Festival sponsored by the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce. Join us to taste top Virginia wines and fine foods. Learn more about the art of wine and tastings, shop with local artisans and vendors and listen to live music while strolling the grounds of the internationally acclaimed Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. General parking is located at the Ware Academy with shuttles to the festival site. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door). For more information, visit gloucesterwinefestival.com.
October 21, Cheriton
Fall Garden Symposium
Cheriton Fire Station
Speakers include Kerry Ann Mendez, award-winning garden designer, author, and lecturer who has appeared on HGTV; Les Parks, curator of herbaceous plants at Norfolk Botanical Garden; and Mary Stickley-Godinez, owner of Countryside Nurseries and Countryside Garden Consultations. Featured topics include Best Eastern Virginia Perennials, Garden Design, Ornamental Grasses, Outrageous Foliage Plants, and The Right-Size Flower Garden. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration is $65 ($85 after September 15). Registration forms are available at easternshoremastergardeners.com. Buffet lunch, drinks, and snacks are included. There will be a raffle of items by local artisans and books for sale. For more information, call 757-678-7946, ext. 29, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.