Demonstration garden provides education and produce

Northern Neck Master Gardeners plant the vegetable demonstration garden at the Northern Neck Farm Museum.

When driving past the entrance of the Northern Neck Farm Museum, west of Burgess on Northumberland Highway, take time to notice the neat beds, lines of blackberry canes and rows of lush green vegetables.

That is the vegetable demonstration garden maintained by the Northern Neck Master Gardeners (NNMG) as part of the museum’s and Virginia Cooperative Extension’s (VCE) educational missions, reported Extension Master Gardener coordinator William A. Bell. On Tuesday mornings, Extension Master Gardeners are busy weeding, pruning, tending and harvesting the growing crops.

Founded in 2009, the garden was the idea of NNMG members John Lunsford and Diane Kean. Overall direction came from the late Jinny Estell, who became an Extension Master Gardener in 1997.

In the early days, seeds were started in Lunsford’s greenhouse and then the seedlings were transplanted…

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