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Green Thumb Gardening Classes 


The Green Thumb project offers horticultural classes to Hampton Roads citizens who cannot or do not wish to attend Master Gardener classes.  The classes are very affordable and give most students the information they need to improve their lawns, their gardens and their lives.  The Green Thumb project is a joint venture of the Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach offices of the Virginia Cooperative Extension and their Master Gardeners.



Dates, topics and Master Gardener speakers:  

Date                                Topic                                                              Speaker                               

4/17/12                       Vegetables for All Seasons                             Gill Gillespie 

                                   Publications for Vegetable Class :

                                                    Vegetable Planting Guide and Recommended Planting Dates

                                                    Companion Planting

                                                    Recommended Vegetable Planting Dates for Chesapeake  


4/24/12                       Lawn Care in Tidewater                                    Kent Kilby  

                                   Publications for Lawn Class:

                                                   Establishing Lawns 

                                                   Selecting Turfgrass

                                                   Maintenance Calendar for Warm-Season Turfgrasses in Virginia

                                                   Maintenance Calendar for Cool-Season Turfgrasses in Virginia


5/1/12                         Insects: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly        Luanne Copeland

                                   Publications for Insects Class:

                                                  Beneficial Insects

                                                  Gardening for Bees

                                                  Japanese Beetles

                                                  Spider Mites

                                                  Squash Bugs


                                                  Colorado Potato Beetle

                                                  Cucumber Beetles

                                                  Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

                                                  Scale Insects

                                                  Squash Vine Borer

                                                  Termite Biology & Behavior

                                                  Signs of Termite Infestation

                                                  Termite Treatment Options

                                                  Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA)


5/8/12                        Plant Disease: The Fungus Among Us           Michelli Booker  

                                  Publications for Plant Disease Class:

                                                  Building Healthy Soil

                                                  Diagnosing Plant Problems

                                                  Plant Disease Diagnostic Form

                                                  Botrytis Blight of Peony

                                                  Powdery Mildew of Ornamental Plants

                                                  Azalea Leaf and Flower Gall

                                                  Black Root Rot of Japanese Holly

                                                  Entomosporium Leaf Spot of Photinia

                                                  Fire Blight of Ornamentals

                                                  Foliar Diseases of Dogwood

                                                  Phytophthora Root Rot of Rhododendron and Azalea

                                                  Verticillium Wilt of Shade Trees

                                                  Late Blight of Tomato and Potato


5/15/12                      Home Landscaping for the Novice                  Kim Mack  

                                   Publications for Landscaping Class

                                                 Creating a Water-Wise Landscape

                                                 Landscaping for Less in the Landfill

                                                 The Value of Landscaping

                                                 Backyard Wildlife Habitats


Location:  Major Hillard Library, 824 Old George Washington Hwy, Chesapeake, VA 23323-2214
Telephone number (757) 410-7078 

Hours of class:  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Cost:  $25.00 total for all five classes (classes not available individually).

To register for classes, please print and mail or deliver the registration with cash or checks made payable to Green Thumb Gardening Series.  Send or deliver completed registration and payment to:

Virginia Cooperative Extension

CMGV - Green Thumb

310 Shea Dr.

Chesapeake, VA  23322


Questions regarding the classes may be directed to the Chesapeake office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension by email or phone 

at 757-382-6348. 

The Chesapeake Office is a part of Virginia Cooperative Extension, an educational outreach program of Virginia Tech and Virginia State Universities. We provide research based information through a system of campus and locally based educators.

Equal Opportunity Statement: Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, veteran status, national origin, disability, or political affiliation.

Last update: Friday, February 14, 2014 , P.Fisher.
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