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October 2020

The New Normal in Tree Care
Current Challenges and Future Planning for Urban Forests

Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Monday, October 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 21, 12:30 – 2:45 p.m. In this virtual tree care symposium speakers consider the significance of urban forests and their importance to community viability, including their role in mitigating climate change through heat island reduction and stormwater management. Species selection, common diseases and maintenance pruning are examined. Fees:  Monday, October 19: $20 Wednesday, October 21: $20 Combo Ticket – Monday/Wednesday: $35 This is an online symposium via Zoom.  Continuing education…

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Saturday, October 24, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

There is not a special ticket for OktoberFest; you simply purchase a ticket through the online ticketing system for Oct. 24. You choose an arrival time; however, your visit is not limited to a certain amount of time. Members, your ticket is free, but you must reserve it online. Please be sure you can attend before you reserve; tickets are limited and “no-shows” prevent others from being able to visit. Purchase/Reserve tickets online Celebrate fall, nature’s grand finale, with OktoberFest at…

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Sauce Like a Chef
with Chef Anne

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Learn to make ordinary meals extraordinary by creating fabulous sauces to jazz up your home cooking. From basic pan sauces and gravies to French classics like Béchamel and Mornay, Chef Anne Maury Haapala shows you the techniques to make delicious sauces at home.   Menu and recipes will be sent before the class. This is an online class via Zoom.  Can’t attend the live class?  If you pre-register, you will be sent a link to the class recording (available for a…

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Spooky Plants with Redeeming Qualities

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Yes, it is fall and Halloween is in the air. Some plants have weird characteristics, eerie habitats or names that remind us of scary creatures – spiders, snakes and bats. Others eat bugs and emit unpleasant odors. Some have mysterious properties that make them appropriate for a witch’s brew, or maybe a potion to repel evil spirits. Explore the Garden’s unique plants on a virtual tour with a team of Garden Guides, Susie Austin, Harriet Coalter, Julia Cothron, Sherry Giese,…

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November 2020

Salt and Pepper
The Classic Pair

Sunday, November 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Salt and Pepper… It’s hard to imagine a table setting without this classic pair, but it hasn’t always been that way. In this informative program, Mark Ragland presents how these classic spices became so popular, where they originate, the breadth of the varieties available and some fascinating trivia to amaze friends and family. Online class conducted via Zoom

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Painting Seed Pods
in Watercolor

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 10:00 am - Sunday, November 15, 2020 @ 2:30 pm

With the splash of fall colors waning in woods and meadows, rather subdued seed pods catch the eyes of botanical artists. The seeds and pods are a perfect subject to study form, value and fine brush techniques in a monochromatic color scheme.  In this workshop, students will use milkweed seed pods, which offer various learning elements: how to deal with the fine white hair/thread of the downy tufts,  how to balance the complicated structural form of the seeds in an…

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Member ShopFest
Weekend & MakerFest

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - Saturday, November 14, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

Friday, November 13, and Saturday, November 14 from 4-8 p.m. Timed tickets required; Admission is $7 (includes a drink coupon and a free shopping tote). Please note this is a separately ticketed event and does not include admission to Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights.   We love our members and Members ShopFest Weekend is a chance to get an early start on holiday shopping — with special discounts for members only on Friday and Saturday evening. Each $7 ticket includes a…

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Fabulous Festive Leftovers
with Chef Anne

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Keep the holiday good food vibes going as Chef Anne Maury Haapala shows you surprising and creative ways to repurpose the leftovers from a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Don’t just reheat your leftovers; learn to create all new flavorful and unique dishes. This is an online class via Zoom.  Can’t attend the live class?  If you pre-register, you will be sent a link to the class recording (available for a limited time only) which you can view when convenient.

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Member-Only Preview Weekends
at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - Sunday, November 22, 2020 @ 10:00 pm

Members help the Garden grow!! We’re delighted to offer this special Members-Only Preview to Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. For the first time ever, Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights opens for an exclusive Members-Only Preview on November 20, 21, and 22, 2020. Members receive free admission and must reserve their tickets with set arrival time in advance. Free Member Nights: Members may visit for free as often as they like on the evenings of January 4–10, the last week of…

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Dominion Energy
GardenFest of Lights

Monday, November 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - Sunday, January 10, 2021 @ 10:00 pm

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring lights, decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, hot chocolate (for purchase); & more. The region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza! To learn more details about Lewis Ginter lights, this year’s theme and tips for your visit, see our main Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights page.   The event runs Friday, November 23, 2020 – January 10, 2021  (Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 & 25). *****Become a Garden Member to enjoy exclusive access at the Members-Only Preview on…

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