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September programs announced

The Heart of Virginia Master Gardeners will have two educational programs for the public during the month of September.

On Thursday, Sept. 5 at noon at the Lunch and Learn in Prince Edward County, Cynthia Wood will discuss “Using Found Materials to Build Greenhouses, Cold Frames and Wicket Fences.” Things like old windows, bits and pieces of lumber, small branches and vines can be incorporated into your design. The point is that it’s not necessary to spend thousands of dollars on fancy greenhouses or cold frames. Found materials and recycled materials are charming and interesting when used in a garden or garden structure.

The Lunch and Learn program will be held at the Prince Edward County Extension Office, 100 Dominion Drive, Farmville.

Dr. Cynthia Wood, speaker, is a former Master Gardener and longtime gardener who likes to dig in the dirt and try new ideas. Creating something new from odd materials is one of her favorite past times. Dr. Wood grows lots of daylilies, hostas, hellebores and peonies plus many native plants. In addition to maintaining gardens at two homes, she spends lots of time searching for interesting native plants, photographing and writing about them. She writes a monthly gardening column for The Farmville Herald. She is a native of Prince Edward County with a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and a post doc from the John Hopkins University.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, the Buckingham Tips and Topics presentation will be “Light Up Your Spring with Fall-Planted Bulbs.” Master gardeners Jackie Fairbarns and Kelly Love-Schwartz will be discussing the big three — crocus, daffodil and tulip — but also exploring some of the lesser known bulbs and how to choose, plant and manage them to extend the flowering season. They will also discuss designing a bulb planting area for your specific space and aesthetic style.

The Tips and Topics begins at 10 a.m. at the Buckingham Extension Office, 54 Administration Lane, Buckingham.