The workshops listed below are included with your General Admission Ticket for Saturday, September 13. Additional programming with General Admission includes: Vendor Demos, Chef Demos, Music Stage, The Backyard Revolution, Just for Kids, Tasting Tent, and the Seed Swap.
Year Round Bounty for the Home Gardener
with Ira Wallace • Saturday, 9 – 10 a.m. • West Lawn Tent, Mountaintop
Crisp winter salads, rainbow carrots, fresh kimchee, and sweet braised greens are just a few of the fresh from the garden delights awaiting food gardeners in the southeast in winter. Covers practical information for planning, planting, and producing a garden all year where summer heat is more of an issue than winter lows. Learn techniques for using shade in summer and starting fall seedlings in the “dog days of summer,” as well as planning and planting enough in our fall garden for harvesting until spring.
Confusion in the Edible Garden – What Most Gardeners Should Know
with Rosalind Creasy • Saturday, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • West Lawn Tent, Mountaintop
Plant breeders and nursery people know much about edible plants that seldom reaches the home gardener. Did you know that cilantro is a short day plant that needs cool weather? That’s why it always goes to flower when you plant it in the spring as the days get longer – instead plant it in the fall. Or, that those large heirloom beefsteak tomatoes have many ovaries and that’s why they get misshapen if they are not pollinated properly. How do you know which vegetables to grow in the cool seasons, and which to grow in the warm season? There’s a rule of thumb: If you eat the leaf, tuber, or flower bud, the vegetable prefers cool conditions. If you eat the fruit (ie. tomatoes and squash are botanical fruits) or the seeds, it needs warm conditions to produce well. Join Rosalind and learn much more about growing your edibles successfully.
with Charlotte Moss • Saturday, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. • Theater, Visitor Center
Presentation description available soon.
The Twenty-Five Dollar Victory Garden Challenge: Growing a Garden to Feed Your Family for $25 or Less
with Joe Lamp’l • Saturday, 12 – 1 p.m. • West Lawn Tent, Mountaintop
In this multi-media presentation, Joe Lamp’l takes you back to where it all began. The notion of creating an organic garden from scratch, sufficient to feed his family of four, all their veggie needs for an entire season. The challenge; spend less than $25 for the entire project. The catch; he had to do it as if he were a brand new gardener, with no tools and no contacts to help make it happen! Not only did he do it, there was money left over. Come see all the tricks and tips Joe pulled from his recycling bag of tricks in his efforts to make it happen and learn how any gardener at any level can do the same thing at home.
Botanical Photography of Robert Llewellyn
with Robert Llewellyn • Saturday, 12 – 1 p.m. • Theater, Visitor Center
Slide show of photographs from four botanical photography books by Robert Llewellyn.
Remarkable Trees of Virginia, Seeing Trees, Seeing Flowers, and Seeing Seedpods.
Fall & Winter Veggies: Zero Degree Gardening
with Ken Bezilla • Saturday, 12 – 1 p.m. • Garden Tent, Mountaintop
Gardens don’t have to end when frosts come in October. Expand your garden’s production, and feel happier about your winter trips to the grocery store! September’s the month for planting fall and winter greens, and there’s still time to get some root crops in too. Come and get info on how to grow a bountiful winter garden, how to keep your veggies alive through zero-degree nights, and how to enjoy good harvests all the way until April! Emphasis will be on low-tech production – floating row cover, mulch, a good thermometer, and an eye on the weather are all you need.
Napa Valley Tomatoes at The French Laundry
with Aaron Keefer • Saturday, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. • West Lawn Tent, Mountaintop
The seminar will cover the different ways tomatoes are grown at The French Laundry including the farm’s methods for trellising, pruning, which tomato varieties to grow and their usage.
Trash to Treasure: Bioconversion of Organic “Wastes” to Resources
with Harvey Ussery • Saturday, 3 – 4 p.m. • West Lawn Tent, Mountaintop
Imitating nature’s own strategies, we can turn organic “wastes” into farm and homestead resources. Models include Growing Power’s conversion of Milwaukee’s “food residuals” into soil fertility for their greenhouses; or Vermont Compost’s use of chickens to help make compost while feeding from the heaps and producing thousands of dozens of eggs for additional income–entirely without purchased feeds. The bioconversion of organic trash to treasure goes far beyond Sir Albert Howard’s classic compost heap, and this talk will explore some of the possibilities at the home and farm scale.
Jefferson’s Agrarianism and the Future of the American Republic
with Clay Jenkinson • Saturday, 3 – 4 p.m. • Theater, Visitor Center
It is fashionable these days to dismiss Jefferson’s intense commitment to an agrarian republic as anachronistic and somehow peripheral to his larger vision of America. But for Jefferson the very heart and guarantee of American republicanism was with those “who labour in the earth.” Clay Jenkinson will examine Jefferson’s Vergilian love affair with small farmers, and attempt to place it in Jefferson’s imagining of the American Dream. He will also examine the recent resurgence of interest in the organic and the agrarian in light of Jefferson’s vision of America.
Propagating Fruit Trees
with Alexis Zeigler • Saturday, 3 – 4 p.m. • Garden Tent, Mountaintop
The workshop will be an overview of the methods necessary to propagate any fruit tree using inexpensive home techniques, including growing from seed, layering, rooting cuttings, and grafting. Using these methods, anyone can make their own productive, chemical-free orchard with little money. Want your own home grown fruit and nuts? Learn how to build your own orchard from scratch!
The Joy of Propagation, aka Everything You Wanted to Know About Plant Propagation, But Were Afraid To Ask
with Barry Glick • Saturday, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. • West Lawn Tent, Mountaintop
This one hour demonstration is a condensation and distillation of Barry Glick’s all day, hands on Propagation Workshop. In the seminar, every imaginable aspect of plant propagation is covered from plant pollination, hybridization, seed collection and sowing to tissue culture. Subjects also include rhizome division, air layering, branch layering, root division, root cuttings, stem cuttings, use of hormones, mist propagation and much more. Each participant receives a seed collection bag and a 4 page handout. All the materials used in the class are given to the participants.
Landscapes You Can Eat!
with Ben Kessler • Saturday, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. • Garden Tent, Mountaintop
Learn how to transform your lawn into a vibrant, productive, low-maintenance landscape that not only looks good, but tastes good too. This workshop covers the benefits of edible landscaping (for both humans and the planet), our favorite fruit cultivars for central Virginia, as well as tips to help you get started.