Free Gardening Lectures

VCE Loudoun Master Gardeners Lectures are held online and in person at the Rust Library in Leesburg. Most lectures will be on the first Thursday of the month starting at 7PM.  Check below for the specifics for each lecture as dates and times may vary.

Spotted Lanternfly:
Almost Everything You Need to Know

Thursday, February 3, 2022
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual Lecture

with Beth Sastre
Commercial Horticulturist
Virginia Cooperative Extension, Loudoun County

Learn about the Spotted Lanternfly biology and what is at risk with its arrival. Beth will detail what the public can do to mitigate risks and help control its spread.

Beth is originally from Mexico; she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy with a minor in Horticulture and a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Postharvest Physiology. Beth worked for Mexico’s government programs SOLIDARIDAD and SEDESOL, focusing on supporting marginalized farmers; also conducted research and extension education for five years.

In 1999 Beth came to the U.S.A. and for 10 years worked as full-time mom, then started a gardening business. In February 2013 she joined the Loudoun County Government. Her work experience includes horticulture, propagation, entomology, fungi microbiology, postharvest physiology, Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), Food Safety Implementation Act -Produce Safety Alliance (FSMAPSA), lab research, integrated pest management (IPM), Local Food Systems, extension and educational programs.

WebEx Event Details: https://loudoun-gov.webex.com/loudoun-gov/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3595ad8272979eba9ae27c2eea91a5ee

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