The following programs are offered by the Henrico Extension Office to interested garden clubs, civic organizations, homeowners associations, and other community organizations in Henrico County. These programs are presented by Henrico Master Gardeners and/or by Extension Staff and are approximately 30 to 45 minutes in length. There is no charge for any of these programs. However, donations to the Henrico Master Gardener Fund are much appreciated.


Please contact Lisa Sanderson at (804) 501-5160 if you would like to schedule a program.


General Gardening Programs

Tips for Flowering Plants in Virginia
Cultural practices for growing flowering shrubs, trees, and vines in Richmond. Tips on selection, planting, soil, location, watering, and pruning are included.

Garden Bloopers – Common Garden Mistakes
Learn about common garden mistakes and how to correct them. Topics include pruning; mulching; tree planting; wrong plant, wrong place; incorrect watering and fertilizing; pesticide misuse; and environmental problems.

Starting Plants from Seeds
Expand the variety and color of your garden or get a jump-start on the growing season by starting plants from seeds. Find out what you need to get started, thin out, transplant, and harden off your new seedlings.

Starting Plants from Cuttings
Many plants can by propagated by cutting off portions of the roots; stems or leaves; rooting them; and then repotting them. This is an easy and cost effective way to produce plants identical to the parent plant.

Poisonous Plants in Virginia
Some plants readily available at local garden centers and commonly used in homes and landscapes in Richmond are toxic. Learn to identify poisonous plants and plant parts.

Indoor Plants
Are you a houseplant gardener? This program covers media, light and water, as well as varieties of houseplants commonly found in houses.

Container Herb Gardening
If space is limited, try gardening in a container. Selection of appropriate containers, media, and plants will be discussed, as well as proper watering and fertilization.

Safety in the Garden
From poisonous plants to pesticides to garden practices, learn the best way to enjoy gardening safely.


Lawn Care and Landscape Programs

Soil: The Secret to Great Landscapes
Plants do not stand a chance without healthy soil. This program covers soil composition and soil type; how and why to soil test; fertilization techniques; and making your own soil through compost.

Backyard Composting
Compost is a valuable resource for beautifying your landscape, and it is virtually free. Learn the keys to good composting and how to use it on your lawn, in the garden and around trees and shrubs.

Steps to a Beautiful Cool-Season Lawn
Have a beautiful, healthy lawn and protect water quality, too. Have your soil tested, measure your lawn, apply lime if needed, fertilize in the fall, mow correctly, water properly, and aerate.

Introduction to Landscape Design
Learn the landscape design process, as well as the principles and elements of design.

Growing Roses in the Richmond Area
This program includes all facets of selecting, planting, and maintaining roses in Richmond in addition to favorite varieties, pruning techniques, and managing insects and diseases.

Perennials for a Cutting Garden
Do you like to grow perennials or enjoy arranging flowers? Find out what types of flowers to grow for cutting and their uses in flower arrangements.

Pruning Landscape Plants and Trees
Learn what, when, where, and how to prune trees and shrubs correctly to improve the appearance and health of your plants.


Urban Tree Programs

Urban Tree Selection
Discover the factors to consider when selecting trees for your urban setting.

Urban Tree Installation and Maintenance
Learn the proper way to install an urban tree and factors for maintenance to ensure tree success.


Insect and Wildlife Programs

Birds in Your Backyard
This program focuses on identifying common backyard birds and ways to provide water, food, and shelter to attract birds to your yard.

Backyard Wildlife Management
Learn how you can share your yard with wildlife and manage pesky species of reptiles, birds, and mammals in your backyard.

Pest Control and Pesticide Safety
Are pest problems bugging you? Learn how to prevent pest problems, use non-chemical methods to control them, and how to use chemical controls safely.


Youth Gardening Programs

Junior Master Gardeners
Master Gardener volunteers inspire youth to become life-long gardeners through a variety of learning and hands-on activities. Volunteers work in schools during and after school hours, or with other groups.


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