Master Gardeners and Hypertufa What?

By Laverne Fuller

Master Gardeners Maggie Westervelt and Dean Payne help other make a hypertufa garden pot.  Join in the fun on July 12th at the Halifax Farmers Market and make your own container.

Hypertufa: what is it and why do you want to know? Hypertufa is the art of mixing Portland cement, sphagnum peat moss, perlite and water to make stone-like garden pots. The mixture can be made into many different shapes depending on what is used for molds. Boxes, bowls and old flowerpots can be used. Hypertufa pots have the appearance of old
stone, but are much lighter and easier to handle. They can add a natural, organic look to your landscape. Unlike clay pots, hypertufa does not crack if left outside over the winter.  Join the Southside Master Gardeners at the Halifax Farmer’s Market on Saturday, July 12, from 8 to 11 am to make your own hypertufa pot. The cost is $5 per pot and all materials will be provided. For more information about the Southside Master Gardener program, please call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, visit their website at or email

The Southside Virginia Herb Society will also be at the Farmer’s Market on July 12 fomr 8 to 11 am with herbal recipes for tasting and an herbal wreath making demonstration at 9:30. Herbs are easy to grow, provide ingredients for making delicious meals and add beauty to the garden.

The Halifax Farmer’s Market will also be having a Christmas in July event on the 12th from 8 am to 4 pm. Local crafters will have their goods for sale. It’s never too early to start or finish your gift buying. As always, the freshest local produce and homegrown items will be available for sale. What a great opportunity to support your friends and neighbors, feed your family the best food available and buy unique, handmade gifts. See you there!