Belle Grove Plantation and the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association will host Garden Fest on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Tours of Belle Grove’s historic Manor House will be $5 for visitors 12 and older and offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The highlight of Garden Fest is the Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale. Wagons will be available to transport purchased plants to vehicles and Master Gardeners will answer plant and gardening questions. Throughout the day, a garden tool sharpening service will be offered and visitors may visit educational displays. There will be more than 20 additional garden and specialty vendors on site. The Belle Grove Museum Shop also has locally made items for sale.
Great bargain purchases on gently used gardening and household items will take place in the “Second Hand Rose” area. The festival will also include raffle prizes and food vendors.
The Children’s Trail will offer a series activities related learning about pollination and pollinators with prizes to be won. Younger visitors will also enjoy face painting and the animal petting area. Free kids craft workshops on building a pollinator and building a bee box will be held throughout the day.
Belle Grove will be hosting the 2017 US Border Collie Handlers Association National Sheepdog Finals (September 26-October 1, 2017) and to promote this event there will be sheepdog herding demonstrations at Garden Fest at 11:00, 1:00, and 2:00.
In Belle Grove’s big red barn there will be several presentations including:
-- 9:30-10:15 a.m. “The Role of Soil and Water in a Pollinator Garden” by James Pinsky of the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District
-- 10:30-11:15 a.m. “Creating a Landscape to Attract Pollinators” by Lynn Phillips of Natural Art Garden Center, Toms Brook, Virginia
-- 1:00-1:45 p.m. “The Garden of Nighttime Pollinators” by Tim McCoy, Research Specialist at Virginia Tech
Belle Grove Plantation is a non-profit historic house museum that is a National Trust for Historic Preservation site and a partner in Cedar Creek Belle Grove National Historical Park. Its grounds and gardens were designed and donated by The Garden Club of Virginia and are tended by dedicated volunteers with guidance from the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners. Belle Grove’s Teaching Garden contains useful and beautiful plants typical of those used by the Hite family in the early 19th century and it will be available for touring during Garden Fest.