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May 2017

MAKE A PET ROCK

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 5535 Centerville Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188 United States
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May 13:  MAKE A PET ROCK (ages 6 and above) Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Pet Rocks rock! Come to the Botanical Garden and learn how to change an ordinary rock into something special. Tina Deaver will show you how to make a whimsical creation out of an ordinary rock. You may bring your own special rock or find one in our rock pile. Space is limited to 20 children. Please register by emailing wbgkids@gmail.com

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GARDENS WITH NO FLOWERS

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 5535 Centerville Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188 United States
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Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 10:00 a.m., open to the public. Susan Voigt, a JCCW and New Kent Master Gardener and the facilitator of the native plant (NWF certified) Schoolyard Habitat Garden at Stonehouse Elementary in Toano, will suggest some plants that deer won’t eat -- ferns for a shade garden and mosses on pathways and in little gardens. In sunny areas, ornamental grasses add interesting shapes and colors to traditional perennial beds, and the shorter sedges can be placed in front…

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MAKE A PET ROCK

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Williamsburg Botanical Garden, 5535 Centerville Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188 United States
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May 27:  MAKE A PET ROCK (ages 6 and above) Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Pet Rocks rock! Come to the Botanical Garden and learn how to change an ordinary rock into something special. Tina Deaver will show you how to make a whimsical creation out of an ordinary rock. You may bring your own special rock or find one in our rock pile. Space is limited to 20 children. Please register by emailing wbgkids@gmail.com

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June 2017

THE HIDDEN LIVES OF BACKYARD BIRDS

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Williamsburg Botanical Garden in Freedom Park, 5537 Centerville Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188 United States
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THE HIDDEN LIVES OF BACKYARD BIRDS (ages 6 and above) Want to know what a day in the life of your favorite songbird is really like? Come explore the amazing world of local backyard birds  what they are doing when you don’t see them. What trick does the Bluejay use to get the most seeds from the bird feeder? Why does the American Robin take more baths than other birds? Come and find out many more amazing facts about our…

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HOW AND WHY OF RAIN GARDENS

June 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 5535 Centerville Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188 United States
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Master Gardener Carol Fryer has designed rain gardens for James City County homeowners and developments. She will provide information about their construction in home gardens. With PowerPoint slides and demonstrations, she will suggest suitable plants and locations in typical environments. This event is part of the Learn and Grow Educational Series sponsored by the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. The program is free, although a $5.00 donation to help the Garden grow is appreciated. For more information, contact Carol by email at…

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July 2017

OLD AND NEW GARDEN FAVORITES-IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW

July 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 5535 Centerville Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188 United States
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John McFarlane, Assistant Director of Gardens and Grounds of The College of William and Mary, will talk about his favorite plants and local garden treasures from the Williamsburg area and William & Mary campus. He will share gardening insights from his 35+ years as a Virginia Horticulturist and his experience at William & Mary. During his 24 years working at William & Mary, his department has received numerous Arbor Day Beautification Awards. In 2010, he was honored with the Individual Arbor…

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CARING FOR ANIMALS

July 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Williamsburg Botanical Garden in Freedom Park, 5537 Centerville Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188 United States
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CARING FOR ANIMALS (all ages) Do you want to learn some helpful ways to care for dogs, cats, and other animals? Be prepared to fall in love with some adorable adoptable animals. The Heritage Humane Society will help children learn about proper care, treatment, training, and safety concerns with domestic animals. Sat 7/15 10:00-11:00am Free

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August 2017

LIVING LARGE IN SMALL PLACES…CREATIVE IDEAS FOR LITTLE YARDS AND GARDENS

August 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 5535 Centerville Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188 United States
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The program will be presented by Peggy Krapf, an award winning VSLD Certified Landscape Designer who has been working in the Williamsburg area for 24 years. This event is part of the Learn and Grow Educational Series sponsored by the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. The program is free, although a $5.00 donation to help the Garden grow is appreciated. For more information, contact Peggy through her Web sites www.HeartsEaseLandscape.com and www.facebook.com/HeartsEaseLandscape After the program, Master Gardeners will be in the Garden…

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September 2017

THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN:  STRATEGIC PLANTS THAT ATTRACT AND RAISE BUTTERFLIES

September 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 5535 Centerville Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188 United States
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Master Naturalist and experienced butterfly raiser, Joni Carlson, will cover butterfly life cycles and let us know how to grow plants that sustain a variety of butterfly species. Her focus will be on the importance of native plants, especially milkweeds, and on a "natural" rather than a manicured garden in order to support butterflies. In addition, Joni will have information and samples on some of the many moths in the area. She also will speak on how you can become a citizen scientist…

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October 2017

USING HARDY FERNS IN THE LANDSCAPE

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 5535 Centerville Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188 United States
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Jim Orband, retired York County Extension Agent and Senior Agent Emeritus, will present a very comprehensive discussion of ferns that are hardy to the climate of the Tidewater area. Slides will be used to illustrate landscape applications for ferns, identification of ferns, and seasonal interest of ferns in the landscape, as well as resources to learn more about ferns. This event is part of the Learn and Grow Educational Series sponsored by the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. The program is free,…

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November 2017

MEDICINAL HERBS: MYTHS, STORIES AND HOW TO GROW

November 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 5535 Centerville Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188 United States
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Briscoe White, co-owner of The Growers Exchange which began in 1985 and over the years has become a successful web-based business, will share his knowledge on growing herbs. Briscoe’s workplace is in Charles City where his farm covers 650 acres and includes 10 greenhouses. The Growers Exchange ships over 100,000 herb plants of 160 types each year. Come join us for Briscoe’s informative presentation. This event is part of the Learn and Grow Educational Series sponsored by the Williamsburg Botanical…

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