Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Midway Fairy Garden Workshop

Gritt's Midway Greenhouse is hosting a fairy garden workshop on Saturday, November 19 from 10 am until noon.  The session will be held at 14844 Charleston Rd, Red House, West Virginia 25168

Anyone who would like to attend should call 304-586-2449 to reserve a place.  RSVP is required for this workshop.

A map showing the location of Gritt's Midway Greenhouse is below:

Thursday, June 23, 2016

2016 Putnam Summer Gardening Series to Begin July 7th

The WVU Extension Service, Putnam County Master Gardeners and Putnam County Parks and Recreation will host a Putnam Summer Gardening Series beginning July 7thThe classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 7 PM to 8:30 PM at the Community Gardens located at the Wave Pool Park (#1 Valley Park Dr., Hurricane).  The classes are open to the public and free of charge. The title of the classes are: 
1) Soils and Soil Fertility (7/7), 
2) Growing Culinary and Medicinal Herbs (7/14), 
3) Annual and Perennial Flower Gardens (7/21), 
4) Pest and Pest Management: an IPM Primer (7/28), and 
5) Preserving/Canning Your Harvests (8/11).  
For more information or questions call Putnam Co. Parks and Recreation (304)-562-0518 or the WVU Extension Service Office in Putnam County (304)-586-0217.

Programs and activities offered by the West Virginia University Extension Service are available to all persons without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political beliefs, sexual orientation, national origin, and marital or family status. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Kanawha Mg'er Spring into Gardening - May 7, 2016

May 7, 2016

Gardening on the Edge:  The Latest Trends in Horticulture

Keynote Presentation

9:30 to 10:30AM     In the Clubhouse Oak Room
Gardening is constantly changing, with new trends showing up every day.  Find out how the latest trends in gardening influence gardeners and their plans.  From vertical gardens and green roofs to Halloween poinsettias and "Sunpatiens," Bryce Lane will talk about what's new in the world of plants and gardening ideas.
Presenter:  Bryce Lane
An award winning teacher in Horticulture at North Carolina State University, Bryce Lane brings over 35 years of horticultural experience to this event.  He is the host of the Emmy award-winning garden show “In the Garden with Bryce Lane.”  The show features Bryce’s garden, where he has been gardening for 30 years, and gardens throughout the US.  The show highlights many different gardening practices, and most of all, plants for American home gardens

Gardening Workshops
11AM to 12Noon                              Oak Room
Raised Bed Gardening with John Porter in the Clubhouse Oak Room
John Porter will explain different types of raised beds, the pros and cons of this type of garden, and how to construct a successful raised bed.
John Porter is the WVU Extension agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Kanawha County.  He is the author of the weekly “Garden Guru” column in the Sunday Charleston Gazette-Mail.

11AM to 12Noon                              Family Center
Attracting Birds to the Garden with
Doren Burrell in the Family Center
Learn how to attract songbirds to your garden, including what to plant and what else to do to make the birds happy.

12:30 to 1:30PM                                Oak Room
Gardening in Containers: The Trend That Keeps on Growing

Container gardening is on fire! Growing plants in containers is still a popular trend among "yardeners" and gardeners alike. Bryce Lane will describe many different kinds of container gardens, from living walls to green roofs and miniature gardens.
Presenter:  Bryce Lane
Bryce Lane is the day’s keynote speaker, and an award-winning teacher in Horticulture at North Carolina State University.

12:30 to 1:30PM                                Family Center
Attracting and Protecting Bees with Boots to Bees in the Family Center

This agriculture program for veterans has great ideas on how to attract all types of bees to the garden.  Make a beehive, too!

About Kanawha County
Master Gardeners

The Kanawha County Master Gardeners Association enables local Master Gardeners to assist the local WVU Extension Service in disseminating horticultural information to the public, helps Master Gardeners continue their gardening education, and supports community programs and projects.
Have you thought about becoming a Master Gardener?  Check with John Porter, WVU Extension agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources in Kanawha County, to find out when and how to join the next Master Gardener training.  To reach John, call the Kanawha County Extension office at 304-720-9573 or email him at

Visit the Kanawha County Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale at the Schoenbaum Amphitheater from 9AM to 2PM today.  Find beautiful plants from Master Gardeners’ home gardens for a wide variety of gardens.

Spring into Gardening
Saturday, May 7
Coonskin Park Clubhouse and Family Center
Are you a beginning gardener or just looking for a new outlook?  Spring into Gardening will give you some new ideas and help maximize your hard work to create a great garden this year.
Presented by the WVU Extension Kanawha County Master Gardener Association, this program costs $10 and is open to the public.  You may register and pay online or by mailing a registration blank and your check.  Visit for both options.  Mail downloaded forms and check to: KCMGA, c/o P.O. Box 10261, Charleston, WV, 25357.  For more information about Spring into Gardening, email            

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Seed Savers Exchange

Many of our members report that Seed Savers Exchange is a great place to get seeds for heirloom, open pollinated and native plants.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Sustainability Fair - Perennial Exchange & Plant Sale

As we did last year, the CCMGA Perennial Exchange & Plant Sale will be in conjunction with the local Sustainability Fair.  This event will be held at The Wild Ramp from 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday, May 21.

Huntington Sustainability Fair

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Rain Barrel Workshop - Boyd County

The Boyd County (KY) Master Gardener Association is holding a workshop to make a rain barrel on Saturday, March 19 at the Boyd County Fairgrounds from 9 am til noon.  The cost is $30 and everyone gets their own rain barrel!
Space is limited to 20 people so call 606-739-5184 to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

WVMG Shirts and Caps for Sale

West Virginia Master Gardeners has shirts and caps for sale.
You can pick the items up at the state conference in April If you will not be attending the conference, the shirts and caps will ship in early April.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Putnam County Master Gardeners Fruit Tree Fundraiser

For Immediate Release;

Chuck Talbott
WVU Extension Agent for Putnam County
3389 Winfield Road
Winfield , WV 25213

Master Gardeners to Conduct Fruit Tree Fundraiser

The Putnam County Master Gardeners are conducting a Fruit Tree Fundraiser during the month of January and February.  The public is invited to place their order for trees from Adams County Nursery, Inc. in PA with a bulk order placed by the local Master Gardener program.  Order early as some trees run out early.  Pending on the total number of trees that the group orders, typical savings per tree (when ordering 100 trees or more) are $18/tree for apple and pear varieties and approximately $17/tree for peach, plum and cherry trees.  Last year we ordered 150 trees and trees averaged $12-$15 per tree.  Orders and payments must be received by February 28th.  Price breaks, premium charges, disease resistant varieties, rootstocks and pollination considerations are located at the company’s website (  A limited number of catalogues are available at the WVU Putnam County Extension Office.  A $22 donation to the Putnam County Master Gardeners will be collected for each individual order; payment includes tree wraps.  To place an order or for further questions call Town and Country Supply (Rock Branch) (304) 755-3520. 

Programs and activities offered by the West Virginia University Extension Service are available to all persons without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political beliefs, sexual orientation, national origin, and marital or family status.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

12th Annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference

12th Annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference

Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, W.Va.

February 25 – 27, 2016

Goals for Conference

  • Unlock the potential of West Virginia small farms to produce food profitably.
  • Help small farms transition from commodity production to food production for community and local consumption.
  • Support West Virginia’s 22,000 small farms families by:
– Providing reliable, tested knowledge about current trends, needed skills, and latest production and operation information
– Building an understanding of how to develop a successful small farming enterprise.
  • Support and further develop West Virginia’s food system and local communities by encouraging local production, processing, wholesale & retail marketing, and consumption.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Conservation Buffers to Support Beneficial Insects on Organic Farms

Conservation Buffers to Support Beneficial Insects on Organic Farms
Feb 2, 2016 3:00 pm US/Eastern

You are invited to attend our latest Live Webinar sponsored by: USDA NRCS Science and Technology.
What will you learn?
Participate in this webinar to learn about the use of conservation buffers on organic farms to attract and sustain beneficial insects and on-farm biodiversity. learn more here...
Who should participate?Conservationists
Organic Agriculture Specialists
Technical Service Providers
Land Owners
Land Managers
Session Details:Feb 2, 2016 3:00 pm US/Eastern     Duration: 01:00 (hh:mm)     Export Event to Calendar *** Please join the session 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. ***
Presenters/Authors:Mace Vaughan, Pollinator Program Co-Director, Xerces Society & Partner Biologist and Pollinator Specialist, USDA NRCS West National Technology Support Center, Portland, OR
Education Credits from the following organizations continuing education programs have been approved or applied for:The Wildlife Society - 1 hour TWS Category 1 Credit    [status: Applied For] 
Certified Crop Advisors - 1 hour CCA - PM Credit    
[status: Approved] 
Conservation Planner - 1 hour Conservation Planning Credit    
[status: Approved]
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