The Fescue Squad

Fescue Squad is done for spring/summer season, check back in fall 2019. For more information, email Gaylynn Johnson,; or call the VCE Hampton office at 757-727-1401.


2019 Plant Health Clinics

Location: Bluebird Gap Farm Arboretum, 60 Pine Chapel Rd., Hampton 23666

Time: 10:00am until 12:00pm (Noon), on May 4  & September 28 time frame will change to 9:00am until 11:00am

Dates: April 10, May 4(time is from 9am to 11am), June 26, September 28 (time is from 9am to 11am), and October 30 

Please make note of May 4 and September 28 dates, the time is from 9am to 11am and the clinics will take place during the Hampton Master Gardeners Spring (May 4) and Fall (September 28) plant sales that take place annually at Bluebird Gap Farm Arboretum

Virginia Cooperative Extension Hampton Office can help anyone with plant and insect identification, disease diagnosis, and other services related to diagnosing landscape problems.  When attending a plant health clinic(s), you will need to provide the following:

    Clear photos and samples are helpful!(not mandatory to bring with you)

    Plant samples should include healthy material and material showing issues.

    Insect samples should be placed in a jar or suitable container.  Collect more than one     specimen if possible.

Please contact the VCE-Hampton Office at 757-727-1401 or email Gaylynn Johnson at for more details. 


2019 Plant Clinic Flyer Revised 04042019.pdf

2019 Master Gardener Training Course - Hampton, Gloucester, Newport News, York/Poquoson

Application Deadline: August 1, 2019

May choose day or night training course:

    Day training course - September 3 - November 13, 2019 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from     9:00am until Noon plus 3 Saturdays; located at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Bldg. at     Charles Brown Park, 1950 Old Williamsburg Rd., Yorktown, VA 23690.

    Night training course - August 14 - November 13, 2019, Wednesday evening classes from     6:15pm - 7:45pm plus 3 Saturdays located at Courthouse Way Community Center on 14302     Old Courthouse Way, Newport News, VA 23602. 

Early Sign-Up Class Course Fee is $150.00 by June 1, 2019; after June 1, course fee goes up to $160.00(Course fee for two students in the same household sharing book is $250.00 by June 1, after June 1 the price goes up to $260.00).

Contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office with any questions or to obtain an application: VCE-Hampton Office, Loye Spencer, Hampton Master Gardeners, 1919 Commerce Dr., Suite 340, Hampton, VA 23666; 757-727-1401.

Note: Course workload (both courses) is equivalent to 50-60 class hours plus preparation time.

Training Course Policies: All classes should be attended, except as prearranged or for medical reasons.  Alternative methods are available to make up any missed classes.  Tests are open book. 

2019 MG Training Application.pdf
2019 Day Schedule MG Training Course.pdf
2019 Night Schedule MG Training Course.pdf

Visit with the VCE Hampton Master Gardeners at the Buckroe Beach Farmers Market

Located at Buckroe Beach Gazebo on First Street (near East Pembroke Ave.) Hampton, VA 23669

9:00am - 1:00pm

Buckroe Beach Farmers Market will be held from May through November.  To visit with the VCE Hampton Master Gardeners, please see their schedule below:

    May 18 - Topic is Vegetables

    June 15 - Topic is Summer Flowers (with Bee City)

    July 27 - Topic is Pollinators

    August 17 - Topic is Lawns

    September 14 - Topic is Soil and Composting

    October 5 - Topic is Trees

    November 9 - Topic is Natural Decorations and Winter Gardens

This event is sponsored through the City of Hampton and please visit for more information. 

Hampton 4-H Junior Camp

August 12-16, 2019

Ages: 9 - 13 years old (youth must be 9 years old by September 30, 2019)

Cost: $260.00 (early bird - balance due in full by June 19) & $280 (regular - balance due in full by July 26)

SPACE IS LIMITED!!!  To reserve a camper space, a non-refundable deposit of $75.00 is needed when registering a youth to attend camp.

Some of the classes we offer: archery, kayaking, canoeing, arts&crafts, cooking, and much more. 

To register for camp, see attachment below for camp registration form. 

2019 4H Jr Camp Flyer Revised 03132019.pdf

Engaging with Communities

Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:   

Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.

Do you have a question about Community Viability?

Perhaps one of the Community Viability specialists below can help you. Contact a Community Viability specialist or direct a question to them using our Ask an Expertsystem. 

Community Viability Specialists

Vegetable Gardening 101

9:30am - 10:45am

Class will be held on the following dates:

February 9 & March 9 - class will meet at the St. Joseph's Marion Center, 620 Buckroe Ave. Hampton

April 13,  May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, and September 14:  class will meet at the Bluebird Gap Farm Pavilion, 60 Pine Chapel Rd. Hampton

Join Hampton Extension Master Gardener, Stephen Bowles, and learn the basics of vegetable gardening, from planting to harvest.  Topics will include: pest management, fertilizing, succession planting, harvesting, fall and winter gardening.

Classes are on the second Saturday of the month starting February 9.  For more details or to register, please contact the Virginia Cooperative Extension - Hampton office at 757-727-1401 or email, ANR/Horticulture Extension Agent, Gaylynn Johnson, at