Demonstration Projects

E3 Water-Wise Low Maintenance Gardening Iris Grant: rgrant4916@aol.com 757-253-3688 and Stacy DeMeo: sdemeo@hotmail.com 757-345-0927 and Susan Neidlinger: sstrausba@yahoo.com 757-206-1446

The low-maintenance water-wise garden is located at the Human Resources Center (HRC) on Olde Towne Road.  A variety of native and hardy drought tolerant perennial plants provide a low-maintenance showcase garden requiring little watering. Many of the plants are identified with small plant markers to help educate the public. A large sign, identifying the garden as Water Wise Low Maintenance Garden created by the JCC/W Master Gardeners was installed in August 2003 courtesy of the James City Service Authority “Let’s Be Water Smart Program”. Master Gardeners maintain the garden throughout the year.

HRC Garden: A variety of native and hardy drought tolerant perennial plants provide a showcase garden of low-maintenance requiring little watering. Many of the plants are identified with small plant markers to help educate the public. A large sign, identifying the garden as Water Wise Low Maintenance Garden created by the JCC/W Master Gardeners was installed in August 2003 courtesy of the James City Service Authority “Let’s Be Water Smart Program”. Master Gardeners maintain the garden throughout the year.

Water Wise Garden
Water Wise Garden

E15 Colonial Williamsburg Learning Gardens  Pat Abraham: tspmeritage@cox.net 757-229-8901 and Barbara Floyd: bmfloyd@cox.net and Pat Rathke: pacerathke@gmail.com 757-229-9394

There are two Colonial Williamsburg learning, teaching, and demonstration gardens where Master Gardeners and Interns work.  The Reid and Shields gardens are both in the Historic Area where 18th Century plants are grown.  Volunteers focus on several different areas of the gardens.  The Vegetable and Herb team works weekly on Friday morning’s mid-February to November.  The Flower and Herb team works weekly on Tuesday mornings March to November.  The Compost team works whenever a demonstration is needed.  In addition, Master Gardeners, who have been trained and cleared by CW, lead educational “Meet the Gardener” tours through the Reid Garden weekly, April—October.  NOTE: Volunteers in the CW Learning Gardens must be willing to commit to a minimum of 30 hours annually.  Upon completion of the JCCW intern commitment, the newly designated Master Gardener may apply for any open CW garden volunteer position in the Reid and Shields by first completing a CW application.  An interview by CW personnel will follow.   Any other JCCW MG may also follow this procedure in January of any year.

CW Garden
CW Garden

E33 Mobile EMG Dennis Wool: wool@cox.net 757-741-2406 and Mary Wool:mdwool@gmail.com 757-741-2406

This project consists of a display board made available to community organizations that extends outreach by focusing on different projects conducted by Master Gardeners.  The board increases the visibility of MG projects at those community events where people work, live and play.  The board can be changed each time it is used to present MG activities and can highlight areas of interest for each event.

E35 Carol’s Demonstration Garden at New Kent  Chris Dahlstom dale_dahlstrom@msn.com 804-356-5013

This vegetable and fruit garden located behind the New Kent VCE Office at 11809 New Kent Highway, New Kent consists of 18 raised beds that demonstrate home gardening techniques.  Plants include a variety of vegetable, herbs, berries and fruit trees.  The garden, visible to the public, demonstrates water conservation and organic gardening techniques and use of companion plants to attract beneficial insects.  It has a cold frame house for early propagation.  The garden is maintained by New Kent MG’s and interns.