THINGS TO DO
Free workshops. March 20. Smithfield Gardens on Route 17 in Suffolk hosts workshops on vegetable gardening at 10 a.m., retaining wall installation at 11 a.m. and basic home landscape design at 2 p.m. Register in advance. 238-2511.
Be a potato head. 11 a.m. March 20. Learn how easy and fun it is to grow potatoes in the ground and in pots during a workshop at Countryside Gardens, 220 E. Mercury Blvd., Hampton. Free. 722-9909.
All about hollies. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 20. A forest ranger gives a guided tour of hollies and other flowering trees as part of a daylong meeting of the Colonial Virginia Chapter, Holly Society of America at Bay Haven Grille in the Farm Fresh shopping center, Route 17, York County. $15 members, $18 nonmembers, including lunch. Register in advance. Peggy McComb at 804-642-2449.
Outdoor fireplace construction. 9 a.m.-noon March 24. Learn how to build a masonry outdoor fireplace and chimney using a modular system at Yorktown Materials in York County. Free. Register at email@example.com or 898-4444.
Organic veggies. 10-11 a.m. March 27. Master gardener Barb Dunbar helps kids and their families learn how to plant a vegetable garden and get heirloom tomato seeds to take home during a program at Freedom Park, 5535 Centerville Road, James City County. Bring garden gloves and trowel. Free. 880-8875.
Bird walk. 7-9 a.m. March 27. Join the Williamsburg Bird Club for a bird-watching walk at New Quarter Park, upper York County. 890-5840.
All about herbs. 10-11 a.m. March 27. Learn the ins and outs of growing herbs and how to use them during a workshop at Smithfield Gardens, Route 17, Suffolk. Free, register. 238-2511.
Home landscape design. 2-4 p.m. March 27. Learn how to give your older landscape a fresh look or create one for a new home during a workshop at Smithfield Gardens, Route 17, Suffolk. Free, register. 238-2511.
Orchid auction. 1:30 p.m. March 27. Guests are invited to bid on orchids during meeting of the Peninsula Orchid Society at the Hampton Public Library, 4207 Victoria Blvd., Hampton. 898-0053.
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