Home-Garden news for 9/11: Design your space at home show this weekend, garden lecture series starting

Meet skilled craftsmen, kitchen and bath designers, architects and builders at the 2014 Design Your Space Home Show this weekend in Virginia Beach.

Jeff Devlin, HGTV personality and DIY host of "I Hate My Bath" is the main stage presenter during the show which is designed to help homeowners and others with renovation plans. Other highlights, according to a release from Brickell & Partners Public Relations, include a giveaway for a $30,000 bath makeover, a man cave exhibit and "Coffee University" from Keurig/Green Mountain.

Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for military and seniors 62 and older, and free for children 12 and younger. Like the show's page on Facebook for a chance to win free admission and other prizes.

The Design Your Space Home Show is at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach. Parking is free.

For more information and a $2 off admission coupon, go to designyourspace.com.

Urban gardener lecture series

The Fred Heutte Center in Norfolk has announced the lineup for its 2014 Urban Gardener Lecture Series.

Each session is $5 (free for members) and is geared for beginners and specialists, according to a release from the center. The lectures include:

"Planting Your Fall & Winter Vegetable Garden with Tommy Heath." Thursday, Sept. 11. 7 p.m. Heath, the owner of Norfolk County Feed and Seed, is the main Portsmouth source for plants, seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, information, and other agricultural related items for locals as well as many area farms in adjacent farming communities. He is also an excellent source for fall and winter plants.

"Fall Planting for Easy Spring Flowers with Lisa Ziegler." Thursday, Sept. 18. 7 p.m. Come learn what to plant in the fall and very early spring to have a dynamite spring garden. This includes the favorites of spring: snapdragons, sweet william, sweet peas, bells of Ireland, among others. Ziegler's new book, "Cool Flowers," will have just come out. Her books, DVDs, gardening supplies and seeds will be available at the program for purchase.

"Garden Renovation with Dr. Laurie Fox." Thursday, Sept. 25. 7 p.m. A garden makeover can be as simple as revamping a tired flower bed or as ambitious as tearing out the existing landscaping and starting from scratch. Whether your plans tend toward one of these extremes, or you simply want to add a feature or two, horticulturist and landscape designer Laurie Fox will show you how to reach your goals. The program includes ideas, techniques, and suggestions to transform, improve, and refresh your garden space.

Register via email at fhcgarden@cox.net or by calling 757-441-2513. The center is at 1000 Botetourt Gardens in the Ghent area of Norfolk. For more information, go to genserva.com/fhcgarden. Admission is $5 per person and free to center members.

Become an oyster gardener

Learn to grow oysters from your dock during upcoming workshops. Families and kids old enough to maintain floats are encouraged to attend. Participants receive a bag of 1,000 baby seed oysters and a growing system. After one year, return the oysters at a round-up event where they will be transplanted onto sanctuary reefs in local waterways. A $30 donation helps offset the program's cost and entitles you to a Chesapeake Bay Foundation membership.

Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9-11 a.m. at Dozier's Regatta Point, 137 Neptune in Deltaville

Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at Norfolk Academy, 1585 Wesleyan Drive, in Norfolk

Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9-11 a.m. at the VIMS Eastern Shore Lab, 40 Atlantic Ave., in Wachapreague on the Eastern Shore.

Register online at http://www.cbf.org/virginiaoysters. To get more information, call 622-1964 or email CBFOysterGardening@cbf.org.

Upcoming home, garden events

12th Annual Plant Extravaganza. Saturday, Sept. 13. 8 a.m.-noon. Gloucester Master Gardeners' 12th Annual Plant Extravaganza will be in the parking lot at the Main Street Center beside the Gloucester Library. Trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, ground covers, houseplants and herbs grown by the master gardeners will be for sale as will gently used gardening items, and gardening magazines and books. Mini demonstrations will be presented on various gardening topics such as proper pruning techniques and such. Tool sharpening will be offered; each attendee can get one tool sharpened at no cost. A silent auction of garden-related items is included.

World of Worms Seminar. Saturday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. Location: Williamsburg Botanical Garden, 5535 Centerville Road. $5. Learn what worms eat, how they breathe and how they help your garden. Instructor: Vanessa DiLeo. Registration required by emailing sherrypat2@yahoo.com. http://www.williamsburgbotanicalgarden.org.

Go Green Expo. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Learn about eco-friendly products and listen to speakers on how to garden healthy and green during the Go Green Expo sponsored by Newport News master gardeners at Brittingham Midtown Community Center, 570 McLawhorne Drive (mid-town Jefferson Avenue), Newport News. Also featured: 70 vendors, farmers market, raffles, hands-on demos, rain barrel workshops, children's crafts and face painting, ask-a-master gardener booth and food trucks for lunch. Free, open to public. http://www.nnmastergardeners.org or 757-591-4838.

Chesapeake Bay Wetlands Habitat Talk. Bill Portlock, senior educator with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, talks about bay wetland habitats during a meeting of the John Clayton Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society, at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the York County Library, Route 17 at Battle Road. Free, open to public. http://www.claytonvnps.org.

Plant Walk. Native plant expert Donna Ware leads a walk on the Colby Swamp Trail in Freedom Park on Saturday, Sept. 20. See butternut in fruit, log fern and big tooth aspen, among other sights. Meet in the Freedom Park Interpretive Center parking lot at 9:30 a.m. The trip involves walking less than a mile. Freedom Park is at 5537 Centerville Road in James City County. To register, call Donna at 565-0657 or email dmware@verizon.net.

River Recreation Workshop. Sept. 17-18. Free. Mecklenburg County. Through classroom sessions and on-the-water field trips, attendees will learn how to enhance river-based recreation in their communities. Presentations will cover economic impact, planning and design, resource protection and other topics related to river recreation. Virginia Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones will deliver the keynote address. The workshop also will provide opportunities to explore the newly developed Southern Virginia Wild Blueway and other recreational resources in the area. Information/registration: http://tiny.cc/riverrec or email jennifer.wampler@dcr.virginia.gov.

Coming Sunday in Good Life

Garden writer Kathy Van Mullekom offers a guide to fall plant sales across the region in her Diggin' In column.

Compiled by Felicia L. Mason and Kathy Van Mullekom

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