**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.
Virginia Master Gardeners Association (VMGA) This is our state governing body for all the local Master Gardener Associations in Virginia
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.
Master Gardener Associations of Virginia This is a list of all the local Virginia MG associations
Useful Website Links and Information
Invasive Plant Species of Virginia by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
The Socrates Project: Poisonous Plants of Virginia
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.
Internet Directory for Botany
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
Virginia Tech Publications
Weed Identification by Virginia Tech
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)
Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP)
Kentucky Pest News
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. https://www.ikenberryorchards.com/
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.
Riverside Nursery – Plants, plants, plants and supplies
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!
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
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.