**Please note that neither the Roanoke Master Gardeners, nor Virginia Tech, nor the Virginia Master Gardeners Association promote or have any affiliation with the listed businesses, organizations, books, places, or things below **  

These sources are listed for your information only.  

Places and Organizations

All-American Selections (AAS)

Check out what this fabulous organization does for the public!

In addition, a Power Point presentation has been provided to explain a bit more plus showing the 2021 winners.  The presentation is provided by The Community Arboretum at Virginia Western where they have display gardens for AAS.  Visit and see the winners in person.  The winners are updated every spring – summer.


2021 All America Selections presentation 2


Virginia Master Gardeners Association (VMGA)  This is our state governing body for all the local Master Gardener Associations in Virginia

Address:  249 Snapps Mill Road, Sprout Spring, VA 24593



Hahn Horticultural Garden at Virginia Tech

The Hahn Horticulture Garden encompasses nearly six acres of teaching and display gardens on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Established in 1984 by the Horticulture faculty, the garden serves undergraduate students and the local community as a learning resource for plant material, landscaping concepts, and environmental awareness.

Happy Hollow Gardens

Address:  6997 Mt. Chestnut Road, Roanoke  (540)387-6078

This is a hiking park with manicured gardens and hundreds of azaleas!  Visit in April-May for a spectacular floral display throughout the park.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of the top gardens in the entire US. The garden is located at 1800 Lakeside Avenue Richmond, VA.  You must purchase tickets online as there are no walk-up sales.

Blue Ridge Wildflower Society

Do you love native plants and flowers?  This is the organization for more information.  Their parent organization is the Virginia Native Plant Society. Both links are provided.

Blue Ridge Wildflower Society

Virginia Native Plant Society

Master Gardener Associations of Virginia  This is a list of all the local Virginia MG associations

Connect to the websites of the Master Gardeners throughout Virginia.

MGs of Virginia

Samantha A. Matson

Urban Forestry Supervisor (City of Roanoke)

Do you live in the City of Roanoke?  Do you have a tree problem or have questions about it?  Call this lady!  She can help find solutions to what is ailing your tree, tell you all about your tree, and even tell you how to prune if you need.  540-853-5219  or email her at

Useful Website Links and Information

Invasive Plant Species of Virginia by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

The second edition of the Socrates project is a joint effort between the University of Virginia and the Virginia Master Naturalist Program.  You can obtain your own free brochure regarding Virginia poisonous plants.  It is very detailed with pictures so you are able to identify the plant.

And, if the need arises you should call the Blue Ridge Poison Center for immediate help: 1-800-451-1428

1-800-222-1222 (National Poison Control Center)

US Department of Agriculture

This organization surely does not need an explanation.  As Master Gardeners we are directly related to the USDA.  The information on this site is timely and thorough.  There are 19 different topics for you to investigate as well as a glossary of acronyms and recall information.


Flower Bulbs

All sorts of information on this site.  Videos are available, news, and what bulbs to plant together for different types of gardens.

Internet Directory for Botany

The Internet Directory for Botany is an index to botanical information available on the Internet, compiled by Anthony R. Brach [brach (at)

National Gardening Association Plant Finder

The Holy Grail of information on plants!  For instance, if you want to plant dahlias, this site will tell you how to plant them, where to plant them, and how to care for them.  They even have an image library so you can order them somewhere!

Gardening by the Moon

Learn  when and what to plant by the phases of the moon.

Boxwood Blight

For information on avoiding, managing, and sampling for boxwood blight, visit the Virginia Boxwood Blight Task Force website at:

Virginia Tech Publications

There are quite a number of publications available on a range of topics including the Pest Management Guide.  They are all in printable format.

Weed Identification by Virginia Tech

Everyone has weeds.  Find out what you have!

Virginia Cooperative Extension YouTube

There are loads of videos available  on every subject you can imagine.  Subscribe while you are there and you should get notices of new, updated videos being released or suggestions for to view.

Virginia Master Naturalists (VMN)

Learn about the Master Naturalist program, what they do, and how you can help.  Volunteers provide education, outreach, and service to benefit the natural resources of their communities.

Local chapter:


Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP)

Learn about LEAP and what they do:

Kentucky Pest News

More great information about all sorts of pests.  They post articles regularly on current insect or plant disease problems as well as weeds.,

Gardening Supply Sources

The Great Big Greenhouse & Meadows Farms Nursery – Disneyland for gardeners, seriously!

You can visit while you are in Richmond, but please wear comfortable walking shoes.  Online orders, as well.  They have a Farmers Market with lots of vendors. Check out the website link below for address and open hours.

Ikenberry Orchards and Country Store -Seasonal produce including peaches, apples, and vegetables.

Check the website for what is available.

2557 Roanoke Rd. Daleville, VA (540)  992-6166.   

Monday – Friday 9:00amto 5:00pm

Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm

Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm

The Landscape Store – Mulch for everything and Landscaping

310 Kessler Mill Road, Salem VA (540) 375-3120   or  8758 Cloverdale Rd., Troutville (540)  966-4046. 

Pine Ridge Nursery and Landscaping – Mostly trees and bushes of good quality. Have flowering plants during spring/summer.

41 Hurt Lane Salem, VA  (540) 389-7971

Riverside Nursery – Plants, plants, plants and supplies

2306 W Riverside Drive Salem, VA  (540) 387-4020

Rockingham Cooperative – Farm, Ag, and Hardware Supplier

79 Mountain Avenue, Troutville, VA  (540) 992-1001.  They also have a garden area with a huge variety of plants.

Walter’s Greenhouse & Nursery – Plants galore!

1356 Coopers Cove Rd. Hardy, VA  (540) 427-3578.  Open seasonally mid March – mid June.

No official website but does have a Facebook presence.

Favorite Seed/Tree/Flower Catalogs for your winter reading or reading online!

Gurney’s, Arbor Day, Park Seed, Burpee, Annie’s Heirloom Seeds, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Rare Seeds, Brecks, Seed Savers, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Victory Seeds,, Van Bourgondien Bulbs, Colorblends, Territorial, Baker Creek, Strictly Medicinal Seeds ( has organic herbs, endangered plants, & rare seeds), Mountain Rose Herbs (dried, oils, teas).

Books and Videos

Rachel Carson: Author, American marine biologist, and conservationist.

Rachael Carson is the author of the infamous book, Silent Spring.  The book written in 1962 was credited for kicking off the global environmental movement.  A must read for enthusiasts.  Available online.

Bevin Cohen: author, poet, herbalist, gardener, seed saver and educator.

Bevin Cohen has written three books so far: The Artisan Herbalist; Saving Our Seeds: The Practice & Philosophy, and From Our Seeds and Their Keepers: A Collection of Stories.

He also has a few YouTube videos available. Check this one out!   Making Herbal Teas, Tinctures, and Salves.

Douglas Tallamy:  Author, speaker, entomologist, and Professor in the Department of entomology and wildlife ecology at University of Deleware.

Douglas Tallamy has written several books all available online.  His overarching argument is against invasive and non-native plants and trees.  Excellent reads.

The Nature of Oaks, Nature’s Best Hope, The Living Landscape, The New American Landscape, Bringing Nature Home, and Phytochemical Induction by Herbivores

Craig LeHoullier: Author, gardener, and educator

Craig LeHoullier authored “Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time.”  Growing a Greener World states, “For anyone who loves growing heirloom tomatoes and the stories behind them, this is a must read book for sure and a great addition to your own or anyone’s library for that matter.”

He also has a website for more information: 

At Home in the Garden by Barbara Leach

Our inimitable Barbara Leach has been posting various YouTube educational videos.  Subscribe so that you get notified when she posts another one!

Peter Wohlleben:  Forester for twenty years, runs an environmental woodland in Germany, and author.

Amazing book about “The Hidden Life of TREES.” You will not be able to put it down.  He has several other books as well:  The Heartbeat of Trees, The Secret Wisdom of Nature, and The Inner Life of Animals.  All equally fabulous reads.