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Gardening briefs: Classes and shows offer plant, nature knowledge

May 29, 2014

Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)



May 29--Williamsburg garden events

The Williamsburg Botanical Garden continues its series of Saturday programs with two scheduled in June and two in July. Most programs are held at the Botanical Garden or the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. Events are free, but a $5 donation is suggested. More information: http://www.williamsburgbotanicalgarden.org.

-- Saturday, June 14. "Reptiles and Snakes!" 10 a.m. Children take a hands-on journey to observe native and exotic species of reptiles and snakes. Registration required via sherrypat2@yahoo.com.

-- Saturday, June 21. "Eating Locally" 10 a.m. Executive Chef Johnny McMillan uses locally grown foods in his recipes. In this program he will share recipes and tips for preparing foods.

-- Saturday, July 12. "Zoo in a Suitcase" 10 a.m. Children and adults are invited to see and touch the creatures that live in gardens, parks, playgrounds and home. Instructor Clyde Marsteller is a Newport News Master Gardener. No registration required.

-- Saturday, July 19: "Free black dirt!" Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 10 a.m.Art Gustafson will teach how to turn kitchen scraps into rich, black compost to feed garden plants. Information: 757-564-1888 or arthurg@cox.net.

Bonsai sale and show in Norfolk

The Virginia Bonsai Society has its annual sale and exhibition Friday through Sunday, June 6-8 at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

The exhibition, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes bonsai demonstrations and displays of members' trees. The botanical garden is at 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk. Information: http://norfolkbotanicalgarden.org or 757-441-5830.

Learn how to dyhydrate food

Learn the basics of dehydrating vegetables, herbs, simple fruits and the benefits of dried foods during a workshop at the New Kent Cooperative Extension Office.

"Dehydration 101" is free, but pre-registration is required by Monday, June 9, according to the extension calendar. Pressure cooker lid testing will also be available.

The 10 a.m.-noon workshop will be at 11809 New Kent Highway, Ste. 1 in New Kent. Information/registration: 804-966-9645.

Compiled by Felicia L. Mason.

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