2013

EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAMS

ARBOR DAY PROGRAM:

TREE SEEDING: One Saturday in April or May (TBA), 9am to noon, we sow tree seeds at the City of Norfolk Nursery in the St. Bride’s area of Chesapeake. The seedlings grow during the summer for our give-away to Norfolk residents in the fall.
TREE GIVE-AWAY: 1st Saturday in October, 9am to 2pm. Trees are distributed at several sites in Norfolk. It is an opportunity to assist residents to choose the right tree for their homes, and increases the visibility of the VCE, NMGVs, and Norfolk Arbor Day Committee.

ASK A MASTER GARDENER:
“Ask” services are offered in the following locations:
Ask a Master Gardener Booth (year round, sites and times as needed). We participate in a wide variety of community events, such as Plant Sales, the Sustainable Living Fair, Community Garden Fest, etc. to provide answers to gardening questions from the public. Use of VCE reference material is required. Specialized training is required.

Norfolk Botanical Garden (March through October,3rd Saturday, 11am-3pm).
We use the Heutte Library at NBG and the library assistant is there to help us with their resources. The Garden advertises through various media, and has a sign posted in the lobby. People bring in their plants and problems for advice. We also have the NBG staff gardener and the NMGV Help-Line as back-up assistance.

BEAUTIFUL GARDENS--NEW PLANT INTRODUCTION:
NMGVs collect data on test plants located at Norfolk Botanical Garden leading to the introduction of new species/cultivars that are adapted to the Hampton Roads climate. This data will contribute to "right plant for right place" and inclusion on the “Plants of Distinction” list published throughout the state. Data collection times are coordinated among team members.

BUTTERFLY HOUSE:
Late June through September
To provide face-to-face assistance to the public in identifying plants best suited for all stages in the life of a butterfly as well as teaching how to grow the plants and what problems and rewards they might encounter with a butterfly garden. Requires specialized training provided by NBG. (Contributed Time – Continuing Education)

COMMUNITY GARDENS WORKFORCE ADVISORY GROUP:
To introduce community groups to the principles and practices of community gardens. We advise and educate organizations about establishing community gardens in local neighborhoods, to improve quality of life and promote environmental stewardship.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH:
Meet and greet throughout the community at different venues. Offer horticultural brochures, MG bookmarks and brochures, and soil test kits. Display photos of MG activities. Discuss what we do with visitors and how MGs might help their organization. Promote interest in the annual Training class, NMGV Speakers Bureau, and other Extension MG programs. Field gardening questions and refer problems to Help Line.

EAST OCEAN VIEW CHILDREN’S GARDEN:
Tuesdays, 10am-noon in summer and 4-5pm in winter Garden chores on Tuesdays, 9am
NMGVs work with youngsters to plant, tend, and harvest vegetables in several garden plots on the recreation center grounds. At the end of the season, the children have a fish fry, featuring vegetables from their garden. Many of the children have never seen the plants from which their food grows. The recreation center also is the site of Camp EOV, a summer camp for Norfolk children. One camp activity involves the vegetable gardens and NMGVs sponsor several campers each year.

ERNIE MORGAN CENTER ECO GARDEN:
Seasonal, 1st Friday of each month, 9am (or as needed)
The Eco Garden is an educational, recreational, commemorative and aesthetic feature of the Ernie Morgan Center. Here, peoplecan learn more about native plants, resource conservation and sustainable garden practices.

FRED HEUTTE CENTER GARDENS:
Year-round, Thursday mornings, 9am
Located in Ghent Square. This is a chance to work with a great variety of herbs, perennials and vegetables and is a good learning experience. There are opportunities to meet and greet the general public. NMGVs host 2 public tours of this garden each year.

HELP-LINE (683-2855 or nmgvhelpline@gmail.com):
Monday through Friday, 9-noon, April 1 to October 31
Our most important function is providing horticultural assistance to the general public. NMGVsmonitor the Help Line email and telephone at the VCE office, research the questions, and provide answers. Much reference material is readily available. You will start by working with a knowledgeable NMGV, and in many cases have the Extension Agent available to help provide answers. Interns are encouraged to work in pairs.

HERMITAGE DOCENT PROGRAM:
Program at The Hermitage Foundation Museum to educate, share, and inform the public – adults and schoolchildren – about the benefits and process of building and restoring a shoreline wetlands ecosystem. The Hermitage "living shoreline" program is becoming an urban example to residents and businesses along the water.

HORTICULTURE THERAPY:
Offered in separate sessions as follows:
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 10:30am (9th floor)
and 4th Monday, 10:30am (6th floor)
Sentara Leigh Hospital 1st Wednesday, 1 pm (Day Rehab, 890 Kempsville Road).
We conduct garden and plant activities with long term rehabilitation patients. NMGVs must comply with Sentara volunteer policies which include a confidentiality agreement.

LI’L SPROUTS AT ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC SCHOOL:
Thursdays when school is in session, 3-4pm
NMGVs will assist the children in designing, planting and maintaining a small vegetable garden on the school grounds. Our plan is to grow seasonal vegetables and distribute what we grow through a local charitable food organization.

MID-ATLANTIC HORTICULTURE SHORT COURSE (January 2014) and
VIRGINIA FLOWER AND GARDEN EXPO (January):
An opportunity to work at the Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course and the Virginia Flower and Garden Show. Volunteers get free admission (reduced admission to MAHSC) and earn educational programming hours. Work with fellow Extension MGVs from other cities. An Ask a Master Gardener booth, children’s activities, and VCE display need staffing during the Expo. Volunteers also serve as moderators for featured speakers at both events.

NATIVE DUNE PLANT DEMONSTRATION GARDEN:
Seasonal, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays (or as needed)
This experimental garden promotes dune plant diversity and offers examples of native plants that will actually grow in the sand. Special programs include the East Beach Secret Garden Tour in May and other events as are scheduled. This garden is located at the north end of 27th Bay Street.

NEWSLETTER "THE GERMINATOR":
The official word of the Norfolk Master Gardener Association. Written, produced, and edited by NMGVs with approval by VCE agent. Contains all the latest on education, training, programs, and policy updates by VCE. Published monthly, jobs include writing, photography, editing or typing, collating, labeling, and mailing.

NORFOLK MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEER TRAINING PROGRAM:
November – April; classes run February through April, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-noon.
Offered to Norfolk residents to become NMGVs and support the Virginia Cooperative Extension. The program is promoted year-round, with applications accepted and interviews done on a continuing basis November through January.

SIGNIFICANT TREE PROGRAM:
Seasonal, Mondays, 8:30-11am
Participants use set characteristics which define and identify a tree as significant to locate trees fitting that profile for the City of Norfolk’s Department of Recreation, Parks, and Open Spaces. Significant trees may be on city-owned land or private property. Norfolk’s Significant Trees will be featured on a joint NMGV and City of Norfolk Tree website.

SPEAKERS BUREAU:
An opportunity to educate the public and speak to civic leagues, garden clubs or other organizations interested in horticulture, gardening, the environment and related topics. Provide contact with other organizations and general public anywhere within the City of Norfolk. Special training from the VCE Office is available to develop presentations or handouts for talks. A catalog of speakers is made available to the public. Speakers may choose their particular topics, and set their own limits on audience size or time of day depending on personal comfort level.

SPRING PLANT SALE
Weekend of May 18-19, 2013, 10am-6pm
This is an opportunity to raise money for our programs and support Hope House Foundation. It is held each May during the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. Volunteers will be needed ahead of time to pick up plants from area nurseries and deliver these donations to our Stockley Gardens set-up site. We price the plants on Friday just before the sale. Many NMGVs are needed to work at the sale, including the tear-down and clean-up on Sunday evening. An Ask a Master Gardener booth is also set up. This sale is our major annual outreach event to meet the general public and respond to gardening questions.

VIRGINIA STATE FAIR:
Date TBD (one day only during the Fair’s run Sep/Oct)
Several NMGVs travel as a group to Caroline County for the State Fair. Work part of the day in the Extension Master Gardener booth and have free time to visit and enjoy the fair. This is an all-day event.

WEYANOKE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY:
Seasonal,2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 9am-noon
The sanctuary is on property managed by the Cape Henry Audubon Society, located at the west end of Gates Avenue. This is an opportunity for NMGVs to learn about native flowers, plants, and wildlife while maintaining the sanctuary. NMGVs also host 2 public tours of this garden each year.

ZOO GARDENS:
Year-round, every Monday at 8:30am and Thursday at 9:30am
AFRICAN VILLAGE GARDEN
An organically-grown demonstration garden of African-related vegetables and flower that enhance the African exhibit at the zoo. NMGVs plan, plant, and tend this garden year-round. NMGVs also discuss the garden and answer questions for the zoo visitors.
VIRGINIA BARNYARD GARDEN
An organically-grown demonstration garden of heirloom and hardy plants. NMGVs tend to seasonal vegetables and plants year-round, preparing soil, planting, watering, weeding and other chores as needed. NMGVs also discuss the garden and answers questions for the zoo visitors.

ZOO HORTICULTURAL CART:
Thursdays, 10:00 – 12:00 (weather permitting), approximately April to November
Designed for children, the Zoo Horticultural Cart is a cooperative endeavor between Norfolk Master Gardeners and Virginia Zoo, connecting plants, animals and people through story and craft. There are two formats: “Thyme in the Garden,” a drop-in educational cart, is an outdoor experience presented during warm weather, incorporating a brief lesson with a hands-on-activity to make and take.
“Garden Tales” is a horticultural-based story time and related craft.

47th STREET WETLAND RESTORATION AND RAIN GARDEN:
Seasonal, days and times TBA
This is a wetland and shoreline restoration program that incorporates a rain garden, buffer garden and reforestation to manage storm water runoff from adjacent streets and parking areas.