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.
August 12, Montpelier Station
Journey from Slavery to Freedom Walking Tour
James and Dolly Madison’s Montpelier
Visit sites that bring to life generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier and learn how citizenship evolved through the Civil Rights era. Free tour at 2:30 p.m. Mansion grounds, visitor center, and walking trails are open daily and free. House tours are $20 for adults. For more information, call 540-672-2728 or visit montpelier.org.
August 17, Newport News
All About Otters Tour
Virginia Living Museum Otter Habitat
Learn what they eat, how they eat, and how the museum trains them to cooperate during veterinarian visits and enrichment. Visitors will assist with an actual training session and gain admittance into restricted areas where only staff dares to venture! 3-3:45 p.m. For ages 4 and above. No wheelchair access. VLM member cost is $12, $14 non-members (museum admission is not included). For tickets, call 757-595-1900 or visit thevlm.org.
August 25, Richmond
Family Scavenger Hunt
Explore Maymont’s 100 acres in a whole new way! Crack secret codes for clues and use maps and riddles to find your way around the estate in this family-friendly scavenger hunt. Different difficulty levels are available. Ages 4 and older. Adult must accompany child. Limited space for walk-ups. Register online. Price is $15 per family/$12 members (up to four people). 10 a.m.-noon. For additional information, call 804-358-7168 or visit Maymont.org.
August 26, Gloucester
‘Pest Resistant Gardening’ Garden Walk
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs
Learn more about what to plant and where to plant it and how to make your garden unattractive, yes, unattractive to unwanted visitors like deer, rabbits, voles, and damaging insects. This free event is a one-hour, guided, walking tour through the gardens beginning at 10:30 a.m. Call Denise Hutchins at 804-693-3966, ext. 109, for more information or visit brentandbeckysbulbs.com for event listings.
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.