Central Virginia Organic Gardener

"And 'tis my faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes." - William Wordsworth, 1798

Saturday, September 11, 2010

5th Annual GoGreen VA Festival: 9//11/2010

GO GREEN Virginia!

I went to the 5th annual GoGreen Virginia festival today. Though it was a small festival, it will hopefully grow to fill the space behind the Science Museum of Virginia on Broad Street in Richmond http://www.smv.org/mapanddirections.html As you may know the SMV is in the former train station and the train platforms are still behind the museum- this is where the festival was held. The site offered a nice flat concrete surface for tables and displays and overhead awnings for shade- very nice.
One of the pleasures of going to a festival like this is meeting people who are enthusiastic about a specific area of interest. I had conversations about LEED (green) building certification, fire blight in pears, the difficulties posed by this hot and dry season for gardeners, herbs and something new to me: the Virginia Certified Master Naturalist Program (www.virginiamasternaturalist.org). The latter certifies interested individuals to be "volunteer educators, citizen scientists and stewards" of Virginia lands. Set up like the Master Gardener program, it requires 48 hours in the classroom and 40 hours of volunteer service. The website lists chapters that are forming in Virginia.
Another favorite discovery was the "How to Kill a Tree" poster from the arborists' association.
I had to laugh aloud at it- it is so true! Mulching up the sides of the tree, planting too near the house, topping the tree, failing to remove support wires until they cut and girdle the tree, using herbicides too near the tree, mower cuts on the bark...all are typical, and harmful, practices that I see all too often. If you have a tree, learn about the proper care to have years of shade and beauty! (I feel another blog entry coming on!)

The festival also had nurseries, garden design firms, plant vendors and other types of vendors you find at plant sales- garden hats, recycled garden tools and the like. Organizers thoughtfully included kids' activities (paint a flower pot, planting seeds and extracting DNA from a strawberry) and several booths where you could ask garden questions (like the extension service booth).

As I wrote at the start, the festival was small, but I hope it grows.

Happy gardening! And GoGreen Virginia...and the east coast...and the US!


Anonymous said...

Hi. I'm new to the area. Would you happen to know where I can buy a kaffir lime tree. Thanks.

Judy Thomas said...

I purchased my Kaffir Lime at Edible Landscaping in Afton, VA (a great place, well worth the drive, though they do mail order too). Since then, I have seen Kaffir Limes at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden plant sale. The next sale is Friday and Saturday Sept 17 and 18. Even if the vendors don't have one at the sale, make sure to ask around there, I'm sure you will get a lead on one. It is also a great place to talk to growers from the area and learn a lot- though the fall sale is usually not as large as the spring sale. Logee's tropical plants catalog also has them mail order. You might want to call The Great Big Greenhouse to see if they have any in stock.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for replying so quickly. I appreciate it! If I can't locate on at Lewis or around the Richmond area, I'll make the drive to Afton. I miss having kaffir lime leaves in my soup.

Judy Thomas said...

You are welcome- and welcome to the area- it's a great region for gardening! I'll be at the Ginter sale- make sure to go to the spring sale next April or May- it's great!

Anonymous said...

just an update: I did find the lime tree. Thanks!

Judy Thomas said...

Did you get it at the Ginter sale or elsewhere?
I love the scent and taste of Kaffir lime in soups and also use it to season my oil before stir-frying vegetables.