Garden Talks – Do You Need a Speaker?

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The Henrico Extension Office offers presentations to interested garden clubs, civic organizations, homeowners associations, and other community organizations in Henrico County. These presentations are given by Henrico Master Gardeners and/or by Extension Staff and are approximately 30 to 45 minutes in length. Presentations cover a range of topics including Trees, Landscape Plants, Lawns, Wildlife in Your Garden, and General Gardening. 

The following presentations are currently available :


Trees for Your Landscape

Trees can raise the value of your property, shade your house from the hot sun and give multi-season color to your landscape. Learn to select the right tree for the right place and to care for your trees.

Geriatrics for Trees

Mature trees have special needs. Learn to pamper your older tree to prolong its life.


Ironclad Perennials

Perennials are the backbone of most gardens. There’s a huge variety of plants to choose from and they come back every year! Learn how to select and care for these wonderful plants.

Free Plants!

Learn how to get new plants for free by growing them from seed, taking cuttings, dividing and rooting.


Native Plants

There are many advantages to growing native plants. They take less care and feed wildlife, attract birds and butterflies. Learn which native plants are best for landscaping.

Curb Appeal

Do you have yard envy? Do you want drivers to stop and joggers to take a break in front of your house? Learn how to design and maintain your front yard so you get this attention at your house.

Indoor Plants

Bringing the outdoors in has many benefits. House plants require special attention to keep them healthy and beautiful. Learn to care for the many varieties of plants that can be used indoors.


Beautiful Lawns/Lawn Care

Lawns increase the curb appeal of a house and provide areas for families to gather and children to play. Growing beautiful lawns in Virginia can be challenging. We will show you tips to get the lawn of your dreams while protecting the environment.

Lawn Alternatives

If you don’t need a tough playing surface for kids and dogs, grass can be replaced with just about anything – trees, shrubs, perennials, edibles or ground covers. Replacing grass may also save money and improve the environment.


Gardening for Butterflies

Everyone loves butterflies! Learn about the butterfly lifecycle, the two types of plants butterflies need, and how to attract them to your garden.

Birds in Your Backyard

Bird watching is one of the fastest growing pastimes. You will be surprised by the number and variety of birds in your backyard. Learn how to attract them and get them to stay.


Bees, butterflies, insects and even bats work hard to pollinate our plants. Many pollinators are now in decline. Learn how to protect these essential and beautiful creatures.

Moles, Voles and Raccoons, Oh My!

As we take habitat to build our homes, interactions with wildlife increase. Learn tips on living together in harmony and how to appreciate the beauty and resourcefulness of your new friends.

Good Bugs, Bad Bugs

Encouraging beneficial insects in your garden can reduce your chemical use, saving you money and time and protecting the environment.


Garden Bloopers

Overwatering, mulch volcanos, shrub balls and “crape murder” are mistakes we’ve all made. Avoid these and other bloopers in your garden while saving time and money.

Container Gardening

Don’t have room for a full garden? Try containers on your deck, balcony, front porch, or tucked into your courtyard. Anything can go in a container and anywhere can be a garden!

Backyard Composting

The best fertilizer for your plants is organic compost. The good news is that you can create this treasure in your backyard. Save time and money while growing the best garden in the neighborhood.

Poisonous Plants in Virginia

Common plants used in homes and gardens can be toxic to your families or pets. Learn to identify poisonous plants and prevent problems.

Beginning Vegetable Gardening

Growing your own food can be rewarding and healthy; It’s also hard work. Learn how to plan, plant , and harvest a garden of any size.

Kitchen Gardens

Many of us love the idea of growing fresh vegetables but don’t have the space or time. Kitchen gardens are a new trend that combines vegetable, fruits, herbs, and flowers in a garden right outside your back door.



For more information or to schedule a presentation, please contact Ed Olsen at (804) 501-5160 or [email protected] 

Contact Us

Ed Olsen
(804) 501-5160
(804) 501-5169 (fax)
[email protected]

Extension Office

Physical Address
8600 Dixon Powers Dr.
Henrico Government ComplexHuman Services Building
Henrico, VA 23228

(804) 501-5160

(804) 501-5169

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775


Office hours:
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. EST,
Monday through Friday

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