Gardener’s Supply Fall Workshops

These count for EMG continuing education hours.
Orchids 101 – Anita Nadeau
Sunday, September 13 • 3-4:30pm
Williston Garden Center
Learn the basics of orchid care with practical, easy to understand advice from our orchid expert, Anita. During this workshop you will learn all the basics of successful orchid growing plus have an opportunity to re-pot your orchid. $30 Fee Includes: workshop, one orchid and an orchid pot.
Landscape Design for Homeowners – Silvia Jope
Wednesday, September 16, 23, 30 & October 7 • 6-8pm
Burlington Garden Center
Are you an avid gardener looking for new inspiration? Want a better understanding of selecting and placing plants? Have the perfect spot but need some help expressing your vision? This 4-part series (Wednesday Evenings, Sept 16, 23, 30 & Oct 7) led by professional landscape designer Silvia Jope, is the answer. Fee: $160.
Bonsai for Beginners – Anita Nadeau
Sunday, September 27 • 10am-12:30pm
Williston Garden Center
This Bonsai workshop is for beginners. Learn the basics with our in-house expert. This workshop covers all you need to get started with your bonsai. Call 658-2433 for more details. Class size limited to 10 participants. Fee: $85 includes a bonsai tree, pot, soil and wire.
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Invasives Removal Work Days

Invasives removal counts for VTEMG volunteer hours. ( Other endeavors by the Nature Conservancy do not.)

All  work days are from 9:30AM-2:00PM. Click here to learn more.

Invasive Plant Control Work Days:

Tuesday, Sept 22: Williams Woods, Charlotte

Wednesday, Sept 23: Raven Ridge, Monkton

Monday, Sept 28: LaPlatte River Marsh, Shelburne

Wednesday, Sept 30: Williams Woods, Charlotte

Tuesday, Oct 6: White River Ledges, Sharon/Pomfret

Wednesday, Oct 14: Butternut Hill, North Hero

Monday, Oct 19: Williams Woods, Charlotte

Wednesday, Oct 21: Wilmarth Woods at Snake Mountain, Addison

Friday, Oct 23: Raven Ridge, Monkton

Tuesday, Oct 27: Raven Ridge, Monkton

Thursday, Oct 29: White River Ledges, Sharon/Pomfret

Tuesday, Nov 3: LaPlatte River Marsh, Shelburne

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Across the Fence

Monday, August 31st
How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin
–Steve Minor, Vermont Giant Pumpkin Growers Association
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Wildlife Watch: Attracting pollinators to your garden

By WCAX News

Native plants not only add beauty to your garden, they’re important habitats for wildlife like pollinators.

In this Wildlife Watch, Mark Starrett of the University of Vermont gives tells us about pollinator plants that are currently in full bloom. Watch the video for more.


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Master Composter Course Offered



Turning food scraps and yard trimmings into nutrient-rich
organic matter provides a healthy, less expensive alternative to
purchasing compost and fertilizer for your lawn or garden. It also
keeps food waste out of the landfill, which beginning in 2020 will be
the law.

The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener program will
offer a Vermont Master Composter Course this fall to teach the
fundamentals of backyard composting as well as provide information on
worm composting, “recipe” design, compost for disease control, site
and container selection and management of the compost process, among
other topics. The cost is $50, which includes online access to all
class materials and the Vermont Master Composter Resource Manual.

Classes will run for four consecutive Thursdays, beginning Sept. 17,
from 6:15 to 9 p.m. at Vermont Interactive Technology sites. Locations
include Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury,
Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans,
Springfield, White River Junction and Williston.

Registrations will be accepted until Sept 11 or sites are filled. To
register, call the UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office at
(802) 656-9562 or sign up online at To
request a disability-related accommodation, please call by Aug. 20.

Early registration is recommended as space is limited. Confirmation of
class site and directions will be sent upon receipt of registration
and payment.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be qualified to share
information on composting through talks and displays at fairs,
farmers’ markets and other venues. They also may assist with UVM
Extension Master Gardener projects that have a composting component.

Graduates interested in becoming a certified Vermont Master Composter
must complete 20 volunteer hours within a two-year period on community
or school composting projects. Once certified, individuals are
expected to provide a minimum of five hours of community outreach each

Funding and technical support for the course are provided by the
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

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Forest Pest First Detector Training

Counts for EMG continuing ed. hours

Enjoy spending time outdoors? Concerned about the health of Vermont’s forests? Then we need YOUR help! First Detector volunteers are our front-line defense against invasive tree pest infestations. The Vermont Forest Pest First Detector Program is hosting a FREE volunteer training session on Saturday, September 12th, 2015 from 9:30am-4:15pm in Manchester, Vermont.

We are training volunteers to (1) inform the public about the tangible threat Vermont’s primary pests (namely the Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, and hemlock woolly adelgid) pose, (2) prepare their communities for a response in the event of an infestation, and (3) screen potential pest sightings. Early detection of invasive pests mitigates the economic and ecological impact to forests and prevents pest populations from becoming established in the state. YOU can help protect Vermont’s forests! Questions or to register, contact Gwen Kozlowski at or 802-656-6646 by September 9th. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Gwen by August 21, so we may assist you. For more information visit:

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Grow It! Statewide Garden Leader Workshops

Counts for VT EMG continuing education hours.
Join community and school garden leaders from around your region for this unique training series. Learn strategies to boost your garden programs, share stories and ideas, and celebrate this growing movement! Workshops take place at seven locations around the state in the spring and fall each year, and are presented by VCGN in partnership with regional garden expert, Charlie Nardozzi.

Register online for a fall Grow It! workshop near you!

We return this fall for 7 more workshops at community and school locations across Vermont:

Brattleboro, Food Connects at the VT Agricultural Business Education Center: September 8
Cornwall, Cornwall School: September 10
White River Junction, Upper Valley Haven: September 17
St. Johnsbury, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital: September 21
Milton, Milton High School: October 6
Barre Town, Barre Town Middle & Elementary School: October 8
Manchester Center, Manchester Elementary & Middle School: October 15

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Across the Fence

Wednesday, August 19th
August Tips for your Flower and Vegetable Gardens
–Leonard Perry, UVM Extension Horticulturist, and
Ann Hazelrigg, UVM Plant Diagnostic Clinic
Friday, August 21st
Across the Fence’s 60th Anniversary Archive:
Segments on Addison County Fair and Field Days and
the Green Mountain Bonsai Society
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Just for Fun…

If you love gardens and gardeners, you’ll like this video episode from 7 Days “Stuck in Vermont”

81-yr-old Sophie Quest has been tending the gardens at Grand Isle State Park for the past 13 years. For the past 36 years, she’s been camping at Grand Isle with her kids, Eva being one of them.  Eva talks to her mom, the park ranger and some other volunteers about why they like spending their summers outdoors at a state park.


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Across the Fence

Monday, August 10th
Bugs that Bite: Testing and Surveying for Ticks and Mosquitoes
–Alan Graham, State Entomologist with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Tuesday, August 11th
Submitting Your Flowers to Fairs and Field Days; and,
Lawn Care Tips with Fenway Park Master Groundskeeper, David Mellor

Thursday, August 13th
Sustaining Life: International Year of Soils
–Al Averill and Amy Overstreet, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Vermont

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