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.
Discover Gardens of Jefferson’s Boyhood
Take a self-guided tour of Tuckahoe Plantation’s pleasure and vegetable gardens where heirloom varieties, native plants, and plants similar to those originally brought from England are showcased. Tuckahoe Plantation, a National Historic Landmark, is the childhood home of Thomas Jefferson so many Jeffersonian plants are featured in the gardens. The site is open daily (except for private events). Call 804-971-8329 or visit email@example.com to schedule a guided tour of the grounds or plantation home.
June 17, Richmond
Maymont Farm Lawn
Celebrate National Pollinator Week with family-friendly activities including a live butterfly safari tent, puppet shows, crafts and games. See inside a beehive, enjoy butterfly garden tours, view the VCU display of live insects, and learn pollinator plant selections. Enjoy food and beverage samples. This free event is sponsored by Chesterfield County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For information and ticket sales, call 804-751-4401 or visit Maymont.org.
June 17, Stratford
Creating Living Wreaths: Unique Home Decorations Workshop
Create a living wreath in this workshop led by horticulturist and floral designer Dee King. Each guest will receive a kit containing a 9-inch wreath form with sphagnum, a working tray, a tool used to install the plants, Sempervivum and an assortment of Sedum. Maintenance instructions will be provided at the end of the workshop. 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is $55. Register early by calling 804-493-1972 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 17-18, Richmond
Father’s Day Weekend Celebration
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Enjoy a weekend of opportunities to honor and spend time with dad. Visit the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, plus Saturday crafts and activities in the Children’s Garden from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy a free concert on Sunday. Regular garden admission applies both days. Food available for purchase. Find event activities posted on lewisginter.org or call 804-262-9887.
June 21, Newport News
Every Animal has a Story
Virginia Living Museum
Walk the outdoor trail at the end of the day with senior animal care staff to learn how our animals ended up with a new life at the living museum. Injured, orphaned, born in captivity, or rescued as an illegal pet, every animal has a special story to share with the public. The 45 minute-tour begins at 3 p.m. For ages 4 and older. VLM member cost is $12; $14 non-members (museum admission is not included). For tickets, call 757-595-1900 or visit thevlm.org.
Explore Our Gardens
Tour vibrant 18th-century gardens at your leisure or enhance your understanding of heirloom gardening techniques with a guided garden tour. Three guided tours are available: Gardens of Gentility Meet the Gardener, and Through the Garden Gate. Colonial Williamsburg admission required for self-guided garden tours. Find a printable map of the gardens by visiting colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/tours/garden-tours/. Call 888-965-7254 for information.
July 1, 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 center, and walking trails are open daily and free. House tours are $20 for adults. For details, call 540-672-2728 or visit montpelier.org.
July 4, Charlottesville
Independence Day Celebration
Monticello’s West Lawn
Join this special celebration on July 4 to celebrate “the great birthday of our republic” and experience the 55th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello. 9 a.m.-noon. Following the ceremony, join the Jeffersonian Open House with free walk-through tours 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit monticello.org or call 434-984-9800.
July 4, Surry
Ferry Capt. John Smith Deckhouse Independence Day Celebration
Surry Historical Society Museum and Native Plant Habitat
Celebrate the 4th of July by touring the historic ferry Capt. John Smith deckhouse as restored to its 1925 appearance. The CJS was the first modern car ferry to service the James River from Jamestown to Scotland Landing. On your way for a deckhouse tour, stroll through the certified native plant habitat to learn improved landscape tactics that use native plants for increased wildlife and pollinator diversity. Free tours 10 a.m.-12 p.m. For additional information, visit surrycountytourism.com/Historical_Society.htm or call
757-294-0404 for group tours.
July 6, Duffield
Wild Cave Tour: Bolling Cave
Natural Tunnel State Park
Get down and dirty with this two-hour cave tour. Crawl through crevasses and waddle through tunnels. View the archeology room, soda straws, and columns. Guests will be given a helmet with a LED light on it along with gloves and kneepads. Expect to get dirty during exploration. This program is for ages 8 and up. For your comfort and safety, appropriate pants and closed toe shoes are required. Guests must use park gear. Cost is $15 per person or for a group of 10 or more $12 per person. Event begins at the Stock Creek Interpretive Center. 2-4:15 p.m. No pets allowed. For more information or registration (pre-registration required), call 276-940-2674 or visit dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-tunnel.
July 15, Williamsburg
Old and New Garden Favorites
Freedom Park Interpretive Center
Join John McFarlane, assistant director of gardens and grounds of the College of William and Mary, as he discusses his favorite plants and local garden treasures. This event is part of the Learn and Grow Educational Series sponsored by the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. 10-11 a.m. The program is free; a $5 donation to help the garden grow is appreciated. For more information, contact John at email@example.com.
July 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, Richmond
Life on the Wild Side
Maymont Nature Center
Practice survival skills while learning about maps and compasses, first aid, extreme weather, and dangers in nature. Compare your survival skills to some of the world’s wildest animals and investigate how much is learned and how much is instinct. Price is $139 for member child; $165 for non-member child. 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call 804- 358-7166 or visit Maymont.org.
July 23, Boyce
Amazing Moths: An Illustrated Talk & Art Show
Blandy Experimental Farm Library
Join artist and lover of nature Deborah Davis as she reveals the intricate and diverse patterns and beauty of moths through her paintings. She will discuss the life cycle and importance of moths in nature, describe steps we can all take to help conserve these little-known insects, and share her enthusiasm for “mothing” as a hobby. 2-3:30 p.m. $10 for members; $12 non-members. Reservations are required; space is limited. For more information, visit blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758.