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Williamsburg Botanical Garden 2013 Program Schedule
In Freedom Park Interpretive Center or Williamsburg Botanical Garden.
3rd Saturday of every month from January thru November
All programs start at 10:00 11:30 a.m., free and open to the public
January 19th The Right Cut
- A tree and shrub pruning workshop in the Freedom Park Interpretive Center.
- Carol Fryer and James City County/Williamsburg Master Gardeners will discuss the basics of pruning trees and shrubs and will demonstrate the proper use of pruning tools/
February 16th Bluebirds in our Gardens
- An adult Walk and Talk Lecture in the Freedom Park Interpretive Center
- Shirley Devan, Certified Virginia Master Naturalist and Williamsburg Bird Club President will lead a fact-filled workshop in the Freedom Park Interpretive Center about the habits of the Bluebird family season by season and how several local groups monitor bluebird trails in our area.
- After the talk, Shirley will lead a walk through the area to look for bluebirds and to see their nesting boxes.
March 16th Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens
- (Location To Be Announced)
- Susan Donnelly, Master Gardener in James City County/Williamsburg will show participants how to construct and maintain vegetable gardens in raised beds.
April 20th Barrels and Bins
- In the Botanical Garden, the Williamsburg Master Gardener Barrels and Bins team will show gardeners how to grow healthy and delicious fresh vegetables and herbs using sustainable and environmentally friendly projects.
- The team will demonstrate how to build a rain barrel, how to make a composter using readily available materials and how to construct a self- watering container.
- Barrels and Bins will be available for sale at the Garden.
May 18th Art in the Garden
- A program for children 7 and older in the Botanical Garden.
- Linda Miller, Artist and Virginia Master Naturalist, will help children create a botanical portrait in colored pencil or watercolor from plant materials they select in the Garden.
- All materials are provided.
- Class is limited to 25 participants registration is required by May 11.
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June 15th Zoo in a Luggage
- (Location to be announced)
- Live animals!
- Clyde Marsteller, Newport News Master Gardener, will have his menagerie of bugs and worms and snakes available for an up close and personal look.
- Children and adults will enjoy seeing and touching the fascinating creatures that live in gardens, parks, playgrounds, and homes
July 20th Outdoor Garden Design
- Award-winning landscape designer Peggy Krapf will lead a walk through the Williamsburg Botanical Garden.
- She will provide ideas to turn home gardens and yards into beautiful outdoor living spaces.
- Suggested materials to bring: Pen and notebook or digital camera
August 17th Life Stages of Monarch Butterflies
- From a caterpillar to a butterfly.
- Barb Dunbar, Master Gardener and certified Master Naturalist, will help children and adults understand the remarkable transformation that results in the stunning Monarch butterfly.
- She will show participants the plants in the Garden that nourish the developing caterpillars.
- Registration is required.
September 21st Tagging Monarch Butterflies
- Learn how to hand raise butterflies with proper care at different stages; learn lots of Lepidoptera fun facts.
- A list of host and nectar plants to incorporate into your garden to attract them will be available.
- Hand-raised Monarch butterflies by James City County Williamsburg Master Gardener, Angela Cingale, will be tagged.
- Participants will release the butterflies in the Garden and be able to track their journey to Mexico.
October 19th Our Native Trees
- (Location to be announced)
- Patsy McGrady and Mitzi Balma, James City County/Williamburg Master Gardeners, will discuss the trees native to Virginia.
- They have done an inventory of the trees in the Botanical Garden, and will lead a walk through the Garden.
November 16th Advent Wreaths
- In the Freedom Park Interpretive Center, Genrose Lashinger will show participants how to construct beautiful wreaths for the advent season using natural herbs.
- Many of these herbs are growing in the Botanical Garden.