Events, Programs and Workshops

Workshops and Classes

Cooperative Extension offers workshops and classes taught by staff and trained volunteers. If you would like to suggest as topic for a class or workshop, email Cooperative Extension.

  1. Houseplants for the Hopeless Gardener - Tuesday, Jan. 17 

Houseplants for the Hopeless Gardener - Tuesday, Jan. 17

We love and appreciate houseplants for their many benefits, including adding beauty to our living spaces, improving our air quality and aiding in stress reduction. Even with this love, many owners have a hard time keeping their houseplants alive.

This workshop will offer basic information to help transform you from a hopeless gardener to a happy gardener. We will touch on a variety of topics to guide you in selecting the right type of houseplants for your situation. We will discuss lighting, location, temperature, containers, indoor plant media and numerous other factors that affect the overall success of having healthy houseplants.

View the county calendar for time, location and registration details.

  1. How to Grow a Community Garden: Planning to Planting - Wednesday, Feb. 8 
  1. Intro to Spring Gardening - Saturday, Feb. 18 
  1. Sustainable Landscaping: Your Soil and Water - Saturday, Feb. 18
  1. Gardening with Native Plants - Wednesday, Feb. 22 
  1. Gardening 101: Gardening for the New Homeowner - Saturday, Feb. 25
  1. Gardening 101: Gardening for the New Homeowner - Wednesday, March 1
  1. Straw Bale Gardening - Saturday, March 4
  1. Oyster Mushrooms - Tuesday, March 7
  1. Home Food Preservation 101 Series - Wednesday, March 8
  1. Vegetable and Herb Gardening - Tuesday, March 14
  1. Home Food Preservation 101 Series - Wednesday, March 15
  1. Sustainable Gardening: Planting with Purpose - Saturday, March 18 
  1. Oyster Mushrooms - Tuesday, March 21
  1. Home Food Preservation 101 Series - Wednesday, March 22
  1. Beneficial and Beautiful: Creating Your Own Pollinator Patch - Saturday, March 25
  1. What if There Were No Bees - Saturday, April 8


Cooperative Extension offers both one-time and annual programs and services that assist with educating attendees about topics such as landscaping, lawncare and well water testing.

  1. Demonstration Garden

Demonstration Garden

Master Gardeners are developing gardens to teach homeowners, gardeners, youth, green industry professionals and others about a range of issues including water conservation, pollinator preservation, food production, sustainable maintenance practices and locally adapted plants.

  1. Grass Roots
  1. Learn Your Landscape
  1. Well Water Testing

Annual and Seasonal Events

Annual and seasonal events occur once a year or for a seasonal timeframe. For example, the Farmers Market runs each year from May to September.

  1. Bumblebee Jamboree

Bumblebee Jamboree

Bumblebee Jamboree is metro Richmond’s premier National Pollinator Week event hosted by the Chesterfield County Master Gardeners and Virginia Cooperative Extension, along with other community partners tied to pollinator conservation.

Date: 2023 date to be announced

Location: Maymont Park, Children’s Farm Entrance, 1000 Spottswood Ave., Richmond, VA 23220

Cost: Free and open to the public during Maymont’s hours.

For more information, visit us on our Bumblebee Jamoree Facebook page (@bumbleejamboree).

  1. Farmers Market

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