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2021 EcoSavvy Symposium Virtual Event

(16-Adult) Learn innovative techniques to capture, store, and redirect rainwater on your property. This program will be offered virtually with an email link.


Choose Your Nature Walk

(2-Adult) Book a walk with one of our Children’s Education teachers and choose from a variety of topics for the themed tour of the park. Each tour will include a hands on element and can be customized to include the science topics your students are learning in school. Choose one of the following topics: Pond Fauna & Flora, Native VA Plants & Trees, Watersheds & Geology of Green Spring, VA Ecosystems Walk, History of Green Spring as a Farm or General Garden Tour. You can sign up for our scheduled walks or schedule an on-demand tour.


Doug Tallamy and Nature's Best Hope

(16-Adult) Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us.  Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Doug Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can- and must- take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.  This program will be offered virtually with an emailed link.


Eight Essential Tips for a Deer-Resistant Garden

(Adults) Deer can turn a vibrant garden into a sea of chomped stems and damaged trees. Designer Karen Chapman offers 8 key solutions that go beyond pungent chemicals and unattractive fencing. This program will be offered virtually with an emailed link.


Family Fun-Winter Arts al Fresco

(5-Adult) Let nature be your classroom! Combine natural elements and various art media to make a beautiful decoration for your home. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Garden Sprouts Winter - Nature Playgroup

(3-5 yrs.)Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed activities while you meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. Through games, songs, activities and a garden walk, we explore seasonal topics.


Garden Talk - Attracting Butterflies

(Adults) Want to have a stunning garden and attract a variety of butterflies? Learn from Extension Master Gardeners how to incorporate host and nectar plants, the two kinds of plants that are essential for every butterfly, and bring your garden to life with butterflies.


Garden Tour: Winter Trunks and Bark

(Adults) During winter, tree trunks and branches are revealed in all their glory. Explore the gardens with an Extension Master Gardeners docent who highlights a stunning variety of bark color, texture and form and showcases the best trees for ornamental value in the winter landscape.


Great Shrubs for Home Gardens

(Adults) Horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol highlights beautiful flowering shrubs that grow well in Virginia home gardens. Get to know seasonal standouts for winter and spring. Learn the culture and care of these beauties and how to best showcase them in your garden. Dress for outdoors.


Nature Scavenger Hunt

(4-Adult) Join us on the first Saturday of each month to learn about different aspects of nature and go on the hunt for themed objects around the park.


Sizzling Succulents

(16-Adult) Colorful and creative succulents are one of the easiest ways to brighten a patio or garden with little effort. Garden professional Brie Arthur shares growing and propagation advice about her favorite tender and hardy succulents. Learn creative combinations for year-round interest and new introductions for cold hardiness. Low maintenance, drought tolerant, and eye catching, Sizzling Succulents will encourage you to indulge in this sustainable growing trend! This program will be offered virtually with an emailed link.


Starting from Scratch With Seeds

(16-Adult) Grow flowers, vegetables and herbs from seed and expand your garden. Be inspired by Green Spring staff member, Susan Eggerton, as she discusses potting mixes, containers, seed treatments, lighting, fertilization, watering, seed sources and timing. Then take home a few seeds to start your own collection. This program will take place on-site with limited registration and social distancing. Wear a mask.


Storytelling in the Garden

(2-Adult) Join us every other week at Green Spring Gardens for a story. Families can bring a picnic blanket or just sit in the grass and listen to our storytellers read a story with a different theme. Afterwards, take some time to explore our gardens, ponds and Historic House.


Virtual Floral Demo: Swing into Spring

(Adults) Learn how to create a modern Hogarth curve floral design – a gentle curving design that leads your eye through the floral composition. Certified floral designer Betty Ann Galway will show you how to make these graceful shapes for your spring floral project. Virtual participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions. A link to connect via Zoom will be emailed prior to the program, as well as a supply list for anyone who would like to follow along.


Virtual Great Shrubs for Home Gardens

(Adults) Horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol highlights beautiful flowering shrubs that grow well in Virginia home gardens. Get to know seasonal standouts for winter and spring. Learn the culture and care of these beauties and how to best showcase them in your garden. Dress for outdoors. This program is being offered virtually with an emailed link.


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