Gardening Educational Programs coming to Museum

The VCE Southside Master Gardener Association will hold three programs at the South Boston – Halifax County Museum on Fridays March 8, March 22 and April 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. These programs are free and open to the public but registration is requested and can be made by emailing or calling the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, option 0.
English ivy, Hedera helix, is a very invasive alien plant that can take down trees if allowed to grow unrestricted. Attend the Invasive Plant lecture at the South Boston-Halifax County Museum on March 8 to learn how to control this intruder. Photo from Oregon State Extension. On March 8, Natali Walker from Blue Ridge PRISM will discuss invasive plants in Southside. She provides technical assistance to individuals or groups, helping them to understand what invasive plants are present and management strategies that should be considered. Natali leads educational outreach events and programs, focusing on invasive plant management. Her talk will include plants that we find in our landscapes such as English ivy, Bradford Pear, Rose of Sharon and Asiatic Day Flower. Culinary herbs and care will be discussed by Kathy Conner Cornell, Southside Master Gardener on March 22. Kathy will talk about the best cultivars of the herbs, how to treat them in the garden, how to overwinter and harvest. Many are perennial and will be available throughout the year. The Garder as Healer will be presented by Master Gardener Taya Motowylak on Friday, April 6. Taya feels this subject is so important because she feels the garden can help people that have anxiety issues. Her hope is that from this discussion, others might learn the mental benefits of gardening. Come and join the Master Gardeners for these presentations. Call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, option 0 or email to make a reservation. The museum is located at 1540 Wilborn Avenue in South Boston. Light snacks will be served and Thyme to Eat, the Master Gardener Cookbook, will be offered for sale at each session. Hope to see you there!