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2020 FALL Information & Programs

 Virtual Fall Plant Sale starts September 21

Take advantage of Chesapeake Master Gardeners "Fall is for Planting" Virtual Plant Sale. We have a list of over 400 plants to choose from and an order form to place a safe, virtual order.  Don't miss this opportunity to add these plants to your landscape.

Click on the links below for a list of the plants for sale and the order form: 

*List of all of the plants that you can purchase.

*Order form to fill out and email your order. 

Chesapeake Master Gardeners Virtual Plant Sale Flyer 2020

Virtual Plant Sale - Info sheets & photos on a variety of plants we have for sale. 

These are some of the plants that we have for sale at the Virtual Plant Sale. Planting perennials, trees and shrubs in the fall gives them a head start on growth for the following spring. The cooler weather and fall rains cause less stress on your new plants, allowing the root system to become established in a comfortable environment before the winter and ready for growth next spring. 

'Kickin Pink Chiffon' New England Aster, Latin Name: Symphoytrichum novae-angliae

Wild Pink, Latin Name: Silene caroliniana

'Pink Cascade' Butterfly Bush, Latin Name: Buddlelia

'Miss Molly' Butterfly Bush, Latin Name: Buddelia

'Let's Dance Rave' Big Leaf Hyrangea, Latin Name: Hydrangea macrophylla

'Let's Dance Starlight' Big Leaf Hydrangea, Latin Name: Hydrangea macrophylla

'Merritt's Supreme' Big Leaf Hydrangea, Latin Name: Hydrangea macrophylla

'Let's Dance Blue Jangles' Big Leaf Hydrangea, Latin Name: Hydrangea macrophylla

'Snow Flake' Oakleaf Hydrangea, Latin Name: Hydrangea quercifolia

'Twirligig' Mountain Hydrangea, Latin Name: Hydrangea serrata

'Cherry Mocha' Crape Myrtle, Latin Name: Lagerstroemia indica 

'Magenta Chiffon' Rose of Sharon, Latin Name: Hibiscus syriacus

Sweet Woodruff, Latin Name: Galium odoatum

'Scentlandia' Sweetspire, Latin Name: Itea virginica

'Dee Runk' Boxwood, Latin Name: Buxus sempervirens

'Unraveled' Weeping Boxwood, Latin Name: Buxus sempervirens

Seven Sons Shrub, Latin Name: Heptacodium miconioides

Redvein Shrub, Latin Name: Enkianthus campanulatus

Plumbago or Leadwort, Latin Name: Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

'Barbara Rogers' Hardy Wax Begonia, Latin name Begonia semperflorens

Chinese Astible var. pumila, Latin Name: Astilbe chinensis

'Indigo Spires' Sage, Latin Name: Salvia longispicata x farinacea

Mexican Petunia, Latin Name: Ruellia simplex

'Safari Adventure' Pineapple Lily, Latin name: Eucomis

Blue Atlas Cedar- Glauca, Latin Name: Cedrus atlantica

Katsura Tree, Latin Name: Cercidphyllum japonica

Ginkgo Maidenhair Tree, Latin Name: Ginkgo biloba

Native Plants: These are native plants & trees that are available.

'Allen Bush' Goldenstar or Green and Gold, Latin Name: Chrysogonum virgianum 

Celandine Poppy, Latin name: Stylophorum diphyllum 

Southern Blue Flag, Latin Name: iris virginica var. shrevia

Northern Blue Flag, Latin Name: Iris versicolor

'American Goldfinch' False Indigo, Latin name: Baptisia australis

'Michaelma's Daisy' New York Aster, Latin Name: Symphyotrochium novi-belgii

'Glamor Girl' Tall Garden Phlox, Latin Name: Phlox paniculata

Lead Plant or Downy Indigo Bush, Latin name: Amorpha canescens

'Little Midge' Dwarf Palm Sedge, Latin Name: Carex Muskingumensis

Seersucker Sedge, Latin Name: Carex plantagine

Drooping Fetterbush, Latin Name: Leucothoe fontanesiana

'Aphrodite' Sweetshrub, Lattin Name: Calycanthus Floridus

'Little Goblin Orange' Winterberry, Latin Name: Ilex verticillata

Buttonbush, Latin Name: Cephalanthus Occidentalis 

American Persimmon, Latin Name: Diospyros virginiana

Valley Forge American Elm, Latin Name: Ulmus americana

Bald Cypress, Latin Name: Taxodium distichum

Longleaf Pine, Latin Name: Pinus palustris

Pawpaw, Latin Name: Asimina tribola


Home Food Preservation Class

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 Plant-A-Row: donations every Tuesday until 9/28

We will be collecting donations every Tuesday from 9 to 12 noon at the main entrance of the Central Library off Cedar Rd. You can pull your car right up to the tent to make a donation.

Make a difference in our community by donating extra vegetables from your garden or non-perishable canned goods. It's a difficult time for many of our neighbors and you can do your part to help them. In July the food we collected helped to feed 131 families  and in August it feed 99 families in our community. 

This week we collected 547 lbs of vegetables and canned goods. Our Year to date total is 8,197 lbs. Our annual goal for 2020 is 10,000 lbs so help us reach that! 

This Weeks Donations! Thank you to everyone that dontated.



 2020 Plant-A-Row Flyer

Blue Rain Barrel Workshop Flyer

 These two informational videos will tell you Why Use Rain Barrels and How to Build a Rain Barrel based on the rain barrel kit we have available.


Fresh Farm Vegetables Available in Chesapeake

There are a number of sources for locally grown farm vegetables. Healthy Chesapeake provides a variety of vegetables that you can order online and pick up each Tuesday from 4 to 8 pm at Big Ugly Brewing at  845 South Battlefield Blvd. They also have a variety of freshly prepared foods.

This is the link to order these vegetables:https://www.woso.co/form/formview.cfm?formid=1100

Another option is the Farmers Market at City Park. They are open from June 17 through November 27 from 8 am to 1 pm. Their items for sale include farm raised vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, cut flowers, honey, eggs, grass fed beef and pork, free range chickens, jams, jellies, pickles, baked goods and more, 


Watch Master Gardener Vicki Roberts talk about the Importance of Bees.

Her Interview on "A CLOSER LOOK" - Chesapeake TV 

Vicky Roberts


Pruning Guidelines

One of the key times to prune trees and shrubs is late winter, right before the new growth starts. This is a helpful PRUNING CALENDAR for year round pruning guidelines. 

Interesting New Articles - Choose a Gardening Topic

Click on the links below to read the informative articles written by our talented Master Gardeners as well as our interns from the class of 2019 and 2020:  

1. Planting a Buffer Garden

2. Container Gardening for Beginners

3. Garden Trains

4. Lilacs in Southeastern Virginia

5. Growing Blueberries

6. Health Benefits from Cucumbers

7. Patience is a Virtue 

8. Companion Planting

9. Lettuce & Spinach Growing Guidelines

10. Fall Blooming Asters

11. The Buckeye Tree


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If you are a Chesapeake Master Gardener (or one of our program partners) and want to share an event that is currently not listed, please let us know.

NOTE: Our CMG Calendar (linked to the left) has been created solely for Chesapeake Master Gardeners and includes advanced education and volunteer opportunities that may not be listed on our public calendar.  Intern training dates are available via Intern Corner.

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Chesapeake, VA 23322




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