2019 Healthy Virginia Lawns & Landscapes

Members of the Healthy Virginia Lawn and Landscape team are trained Extension Master Gardener volunteers, who perform lawn and landscape assessments for Hampton homeowners.  We do all the sampling and provide the homeowner with a personalized report that offers recommendations on: lime and fertilizer applications, aeration and soil compaction, perennial, shrub, and tree plantings; proper mowing height and pest management, if applicable.

The program cost is $30.00 and includes one soil sample; additional soil samples are $10.00.

We are scheduling home visits for every other Friday starting September 13 thru October 25, 2019 from 9:00am until 12:30pm

For more information, email Gaylynn Johnson, gaylynnj@vt.edu; 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 gaylynnj@vt.edu for more details.  

2019 Plant Clinic Flyer Revised 04042019.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 www.hampton.gov for more information. 

Arboretum Tours at Bluebird Gap Farm

Are you new to Hampton Roads and not quite sure what to plant?  Or maybe you're a long-time resident looking to add to your current landscape?  Then join us for a themed tour of the plants at the Bluebird Gap Farm arboretum!

September 14 - The World of Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes, and Tubers

October 12 - Fall Color in the Garden

November 9 - TBD (to be determined)

December 9 - Evergreens for Winter

Tours are held on the second Saturday of the month starting September 14, 2019 from 10:00am until 11:15am at Bluebird Gap Farm on 60 Pine Chapel Rd., Hampton, VA 23669.

No fee applies but you must register for the tour by contacting VCE-Hampton office at 757-727-1401 or email Gaylynn Johnson at gaylynnj@vt.edu .  

Arboretum Tour Flyer 2019 (PDF)_.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 gaylynnj@vt.edu.