Free Gardening Lectures

VCE Loudoun Master Gardeners Lecture Series for 2021 will be virtual bi-monthly talks starting in February.  As in the past, they will be the first Thursdays of every other month starting at 7PM.  

April 1st:  Saving Seed, hosted by Rust Library with Normalee Martin, VCE Loudoun Master Gardener.

Why save seeds?  People save seeds for many different reasons: save money, share with friends, preserve an heirloom, and more. Preservation of seeds is one of the foundations of sustainable food production. You can also save seeds from many flowering perennials.  Learn the basics of why and how to harvest, clean, store, and plant seeds for your own garden.

Join Zoom:
Meeting ID: 831 0869 5328
Passcode: 263428


June 3rd: Learn to Grow and Use a Dozen Culinary Herbs,  speaker Peggy Riccio, horticulturist. Hosted by Rust Library in partnership with Loudoun County Public Library, this free public lecture series is supported by funding and speakers from the Loudoun County Master Gardener Association and the Stephen Dunbar Memorial Fund.

Learn how to grow a dozen culinary herbs. For each herb, discover the best time and way to start, cultural conditions, harvesting and preserving techniques, and methods for using them in the kitchen. These herbs are easy to grow and can be grown in containers for the summer.

Peggy Riccio is a horticulturist and garden communicator in Northern Virginia. She has been growing and cooking with herbs for her family’s meals for 20 years. Her website,, is an online resource for gardeners in the DC metro area. She publishes a local gardening newsletter, Pegplant’s Post, and initiated a Facebook group called Culinary Herbs and Spices.

Check back for the Zoom link.