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The Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners are involved in many projects in our community. Below is a listing of some of those projects:

Augusta Help Line

Master gardeners receive and respond to horticulture related inquiries from residents in Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro. The Augusta Helpline is located at the extension office in Verona and is usually staffed on Mondays and Wednesdays during the summer.

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Earth Day Staunton

Visit our table at the Earth Day Celebration held at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton held on a Saturday in April.  Our 2018 display focused on the celebration’s theme of Plastic Pollution Solutions.  Children are welcome to stop by our table for a children’s activity.

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Educational Workshops

Hands-on educational workshops led by master gardeners. Previous workshops have included spring centerpieces, fall centerpieces and a container herb garden. Workshop participants use fresh greens to create holiday decorations at our holiday greenery workshops held the first Saturday in December at the Rockingham Extension Office.

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Gardens in Bloom Tour

This event offers an opportunity to visit the gardens of three master gardeners. Guides are on hand at each location to discuss the garden and answer questions. The Gardens in Bloom tour typically takes place the first Saturday in June.

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Habitat for Humanity

Our members design and install foundation plantings for local habitat houses. A binder is provided to each homeowner with information on how to maintain the garden and care for the plants.

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Harrisonburg Farmers Market

Visit us at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market on the first or third Saturday of the month from April through October. Ask us a gardening related question, pick up a soil test kit or learn more about our organization.

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Plant Sale and Garden Fest

Sale of plants grown by our members including perennials, shrubs, vegetables, herbs, natives, house plants at reasonable prices. This event has been expanded recently to include vendors selling garden related items and food. The Plant Sale and Garden Fest is typically the Saturday before Mother’s Day at the Rockingham County Administration Building.

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Rain Garden

A rain garden was installed at the Rockingham Extension Office in early 2017 to collect runoff from the parking lot and roof. All the plants in the rain garden are native plants and were planted by master gardener volunteers who maintain the garden. Our goal is to add additional gardens at this extension office and…

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Rockingham County Fair

Stop by our information table in the horticulture building at the Rockingham County Fair to learn more about becoming a master gardener or ask a gardening question. We will also have information about our upcoming events, soil test kits and other horticulture information that might be of interest.

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Rockingham Help Line

Harrisonburg and Rockingham County residents can get answers to their gardening questions by calling or emailing our Rockingham helpline. This helpline is located in the Rockingham County Extension Office in Harrisonburg and is generally staffed on Tuesdays and Fridays during the summer months. Questions received other times of the year will also be answered but the…

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Staunton Farmers Market

Master gardener volunteers set up an information table at the Staunton Farmers Market in the Wharf area the second and fourth Saturday of the month from May through October. In addition to answering questions and offering educational materials there is a children’s activity and an educational theme.

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