Blue bird welcome sign in garden

A warm welcome to a Master Gardener’s garden

Welcome to the website for the Master Gardner Association of the Central Rappahannock Area (MGACRA)!  We are a volunteer group of Master Gardeners that support the Virginia Cooperative Extension in offering horticultural-related education and assistance to the people within the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford and the City of Fredericksburg.

Healing Garden Clean Up

Please help with a clean up day at the Harbor House Healing Garden on Friday, June 6th from 9-11AM.  They need help with weeding, dead heading, and sweeping.  It is located at 2103 Washington Ave. in Fredericksburg.  To help, please contact Tara at thoit@yahoo.com.

Master Gardener College

It’s the last week to sign up for the 27th Annual Master Gardener College!  Register by June 6th by visiting here and find lodging here: here. It will take place June 25-29 and will feature 34 concurrent sessions, six keynote speakers, Land Care Steward Training, and new tours, including a kayak trip down the New River and bike tour along Potts Creek Rail Trail! For more information on the college, click here for the In Season newsletter.

Living Wreath Workshop

Join Dee King for a workshop on building a wreath using live plants!  The ‘Kitchen Garden in a Wreath” measures 16″ in diameter and 4″ deep to plant herbs and flowers. The workshop is being held at the Marshall Center, 8802 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania from 1-3PM on June 14th.  The cost of the workshop is $75.  All the materials to create the wreath are included in the cost:  the wreath form itself, soil, moss, plants – nothing ‘extra.’ Space is limited.  Register by contacting Dee at dkunltd@gmail.com.

Volunteers Needed at Chatham

Volunteers are needed to help at Chatham’s gardens in Stafford.  If you are interested, visit our volunteer page.


MGACRA has a blog to provide a place for you to read about what’s going on, ask questions, make comments, and even submit articles.  So come visit us! http://the-latest-dirt.tumblr.com/ (You can visit the blog without making an account, but you will need to make an account in order to post.)

MGACRA Members Save!

The Corner Garden Center (508 Garrisonville Road Stafford, VA 22554) is offering a 10% discount for all members!  You can visit their website at: www.cornergardencenter.com/.  For information on membership and more savings, visit here.

Want a Challenge? Take a Quiz!

Dave Rodriguez is offering Plant ID, Insect ID, and Plant Problem quizzes each month.  Click here to take the challenge!

New Invasive Species — Wavyleaf Basketgrass

Wavyleaf Basketgrass was discovered in Maryland in the mid-1990s.  It has been documented in a few locations in Virginia and Maryland.  It spreads rapidly in deciduous forests and can crowd out native plants. For information on how to identify this invasive plant, click here.

Online Education

You can now count education credit for up to 2 hours of pre-approved online education each year! The on-line modules and  webinars must be approved ahead of time, and you must complete the quiz at the end if there is one. For more information, visit here.

Virginia Master Gardeners on Facebook

Like the Virginia Master Gardeners on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/VCEMasterGardenerProgram

Questions or Comments?

This website is maintained by Master Gardener volunteers.  We always try to keep the information up to date and accurate.  However, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Stafford Extension Office at (540) 658-8000 or gpote@vt.edu For comments on the MGACRA website, email the administrator at mgacrawebsite@gmail.com
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