Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Assocation will hold GardenFest on June 5, 2021 at Belle Grove Plantation. The gate opens at 8 a.m. sharp and the event takes place until 3 p.m. They will have plants for sale, raffle items, vendors, the Master Gardener information booth, Second Hand Rose (rummage sale), and children’s activities. All pertinent COVID precautions in place at the time of the event observing guidance from the Commonwealth of Virginia and Virginia Tech.
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. Master Gardeners will also give free guided tours of Belle Grove’s Teaching Garden.
The highlight of GardenFest is the VCE Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale. This annual fundraiser supports the educational programs offered by the Master Gardeners throughout the year. The plant sale area will be doubled so there is ample space to safely shop. All plants will be priced at $5 and a list of plants for sale will be shared at Facebook.com/NSVMGA later this month. Click here for more information for those and former years’ plants. Cash and credit cards are accepted. The plant sale is a great place to find Shenandoah Valley & Virginia native plants, plants for beneficial pollinators, unique trees and shrubs, as well as vegetables and herbs. Garden wagons will be available to transport purchased plants to vehicles and Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions about plants and gardening.
Throughout the day, VCE Master Gardener education booths, unique vendors, informative non-profits, wildlife rescues, children's activities, and “Secondhand Rose,” a Rummage sale for gardening and household items will be available.
Food and beverage vending will be provided by the Frederick County 4-H Eggs n' Ears selling pre-package snacks. Vendor booths include: Blue Ridge Gardens, Candy's Soap & Sea Bath, Hill House Farm & Nursery, Native Perennials, Poverty Ridge Alpacas, Seven Bends Nursery, West Virginia Broom Barn; as well as non-profits: North Mountain Rescue, Valley Wildlife Care, Virginia Gourd Society, Virginia Master Naturalists.
Children’s activities will include herb-scented clay, scent-matching games, the opportunity to grow plant people and plants, as well as educational information on Spotted Lanternfly.