Events, Programs and Workshops

Annual and Seasonal Events

  1. Bumblebee Jamboree
  2. First Saturdays in the Garden
  3. Farmers Market
  4. Plant a Row for the Hungry

Bumblebee Jamboree

Bumblebee Jamboree is metro Richmond’s premier National Pollinator Week event hosted by the Chesterfield County Master Gardeners and Virginia Cooperative Extension, along with other community partners tied to pollinator conservation.

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022

Location: Maymont Park, Children’s Farm Entrance, 1000 Spottswood Ave., Richmond, VA 23220

Cost: Free and open to the public during Maymont’s hours.

For more information, visit us on our Bumblebee Jamoree Facebook page (@bumbleejamboree).

Programs

  1. Grass Roots
  2. Learn Your Landscape
  3. Well Water Testing

Grass Roots

Get a healthier lawn with the Grass Roots program!

Are you frustrated with the condition of your lawn? Tired of throwing away money on seed and fertilizer, only to see no improvements? Get to the root of the problem through the Grass Roots program! Grass Roots offers residents the opportunity to learn about and remedy specific problems contributing to your lawn’s current condition. The program includes:

  • A site visit by a Master Gardener who measures your lawn area and takes soil sample(s).
  • A detailed site evaluation of lawn, including soil compaction and weed cover.
  • Some personalized recommendations tailored to your lawn’s needs.

Registrants receive the following:

  • Personalized lawn care report - and recommendations to help you get started
  • Publications on lawn care in our area are referenced throughout the report
  • Seasonal newsletter with tips and information on upcoming lawn care seminars

Safety Guidelines
With the safety of our volunteers and you as our clients in mind, Grass Roots follows a zero-contact policy. For the safety of our Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs), you must stay distant when MGVs are measuring your yard and collecting soil samples - do not approach them. 

MGVs have been instructed to leave a property immediately if they are approached by homeowners or loose pets. We reserve the right to forego soil sampling and evaluating properties if pets have not been removed from the sampling area during the stated evaluation timeframe.

We understand that you may have questions about the program or your lawn. Please call the Extension Office at 804-751-4401 or email our office with any questions or concerns – do not approach the MGVs.

Registration
Registration for the 2022 season is closed. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for the 2023 season, you can call us at 804-751-4401 or email the Cooperative Extension Office for more information.

Additional Resources

Workshops and Classes

  1. Composting Made Easy

Composting Made Easy

Turn waste into black gold! Learn tips for success and get individualized help with your composting needs. Join Chesterfield Master Gardener and Master Composter for an informative discussion of home composting. Learn how to make beneficial compost out of household waste. Have a positive impact on the environment while helping your own garden and yard. A free geobin will be provided to all attendees. 

Date and Time
Saturday, July 9, 1-3 p.m.

Location
Cooperative Extension
9501 Lori Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832

This workshop will take place in the Central Library large meeting room

Cost
$35 per person. This workshop has limited slots available; slots will be filled on a first to pay, first to reserve basis. Registration deadline is Thursday, July 7.

Registration
To register, please call 804-751-4401 or email Chesterfield Cooperative Extension - payment is required to reserve your slot. Checks will be payable to Treasurer, Chesterfield County.

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