Free Monthly Gardening Lectures

Please join us on the first Thursday of every month (except December) for our free lectures featuring topics of interest to gardeners and naturalists.

Lectures are held 7 – 8 PM at the Rust Library, Old Waterford Rd, Leesburg unless noted otherwise. The library is accessible from the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center parking lot.

January 10

Spotted Lanternfly – Not Wanted! with Master Gardener Rebecca Hutchings. Loudoun County is under an invasive pest alert – Homeowners can help!  The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive destructive plant hopper which has been sighted in the (5) Mid-Atlantic states including Virginia, near Winchester. Training is key to support early field identification in Loudoun County. Extension Master Gardener, Rebecca Hutchings will discuss the history, life cycle, most susceptible trees and plants, what’s being done in VA, and why the public’s help is needed to report any sightings. Please join us to find out more about this unwanted hitch-hiking insect’s ability to impact the county’s agriculture and your own backyard.

February 7 

The Important Role of Home Gardeners in Protecting our Natural Water Resources, with Chris Van Vlack, Urban/Agricultural Conservationist, Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District.  

March 7

The Historic Gardens of Germany, with Garden lecturer Margery Erickson.  Although less well known that famous European gardens, like Versailles, the small Germanic states of the 18th and early 19th centuries tried to establish their stature with elaborate gardens of their own.  This slide tour gives a colorful glimpse of this garden competition.

April 4  

John Clayton: A Remarkable Virginia Botanist.  Join environmental historian Hayden Mathews for an entertaining program about one of Virginia’s most prominent men of science in the early 18th Century, John Clayton (1694-1773. He created the first major book on plants in North America, The Flora Virginica, published in 1739. A close friend of Virginia naturalist Mark Catesby, and correspondent of many famous 18th century men of science on both sides of the Atlantic, he introduced North American plants to the world, both through his book and by sending seeds to European gardeners.
Come to Rust Library to learn more about this extraordinary man and his major role in advancing 18th century botany