Current Schedule

Perennial Gardening Class sees Morven in the rain.

LAST CLASS: The community of personal enrichment students has been sorry to learn that Spring 2016 is the last semester the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Virginia will offer a personal enrichment program. I have taught horticulture and design classes for SCPS since Fall 2002 and am very grateful and proud to have been associated with it.

My greatest benefit and what I will miss most of course is my students, past, present and future. To them, I say thank you and keep in touch.

I will continue to offer personal tutorials on pruning and care of perennials in addition to seasonal walk-throughs and garden design. Contact me at


*Saturday, March 11, 2023, Prince George Master Gardeners Good Gardening Symposium, Richard Bland College Barn Theater, Petersburg, VA – “Don’t Look Back – Sustainable Strategies for Breaking Bad Gardening Habits” – RESCHEDULED from last year – See you there!

*April 20, 2022 Zoom presentation: “Bringing Natives Home”, Ivy Creek FoundationĀ 

*November 2, 2020, Piedmont Master Gardeners, premier Zoom presentation 7:30 pm – “Fragrance in the Garden ~ Our Native Air”.

*Monday, September 23, 2019, Scottsville “Virginia Creepers” Garden Club

*Saturday, March 10, 2018, 11 am, Charlottesville Home Show at John Paul Jones Arena: Green Thumb Theater: “Design in the Home Garden”

*Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Nelson County Master Gardeners: “Bringing Natives Home”. Rockfish Presbyterian Church, Nellysford, Va

*Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10:45 am: Bedford Master Gardeners’ Grow the Good Life Seminar, Central Virginia Community College, Bedford, Virginia: “Into the Woods: Natives in the Woodland Garden”.

*Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:00-8:30 pm, Albemarle County Office Building: Piedmont Master Gardener Spring Lecture Series, “Into the Shade”.


Rose Espalier at Carr’s Hill


Speaking at November 2013 MAC of American Rhododendron Society

Speaking at November 2013 MAC of American Rhododendron Society


3 Responses to Current Schedule

  1. Carolyn Burgess says:

    Through which organization do you register for Trees of Central Va? Is there a cost?
    Do you think we should begin our early Spring vegetables in advance this year due to warm weather. I have started fennel, leeks and onions from seed, however I usually start them around this time. What about broccoli and cabbage seeedlings? Thanks. Carolyn

    • Cathy says:

      Carolyn, contact SCPS at or call 434-982-5252 to register for Trees of Central Virginia.

      If your broccoli and cabbage seedlings are hardened off, I would go ahead and put them out with as mild as it is, but for direct-sowed seeds like peas, spinach, onions, lettuces, etc., I would wait til the soil warms up to around 50 F. You can get a soil thermometer like the one I show in the Early Spring post at any local hardware store or garden center. If it’s tool cool to germinate, seeds might rot in moist ground.

      Gook luck!

  2. Mary K. Tillman says:

    Dear Cathy,
    I live on Bundoran Farm and am attempting to establish an education program for the homeowners here with a focus on nature but especially on plants and trees. The Baldwin Center Foundation at Bundoran exists for the purpose of educating the owners about the natural world, good farming practices, and the value of using green principles. I wonder if you would be interested in doing a program for us on Using Native Trees in the Landscape. Many of the homeowners are new to the importance of using native trees in their yards and fields and I believe would welcome a presentation on this topic. Would you let me know if you would find such a topic of interest to you, what you would charge for such a program and how you might structure it? This information would help me plan for the future.
    Thanking you in advance. Mary K. Tillman

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