Go Green Expo 2013

The Main Horticultural Event of the Year in Newport News!

Event to be held on September 21st, at the Brittingham Midtown Community Center, 570 McLawhorne Drive, Newport News...10 am to 4 PM.

Go Green Expo 2012 was an astounding success!  We had almost 90 vendors and exhibitors, and anticipate that many or more this year.  The focus this year, as was in the past, is on sustainability.  Our vendors, exhibitors and speakers continue to utilize this idea as their central point.  Click here for the flyer!  Here are this year's vendors/exhibitorsMaps of the center will be provided at the event, however, you can download one here.

We will have speakers or brief seminars with topics such as lawn care, perennial plant care, Virginia native plants, landscaping, and pesticide use, among other topics.  The Schedule of Events is below.












Brent and Becky are daffodil hybridizers and have a number of small, multi-flowered, fragrant hybrids, some of which are available now and others that will be available in the near future.  They have co-authored two books: Daffodils for North American Gardens and Tulips for North American Gardens.  They each have over 300 color photographs, are marvelous sources of inspiration for the novice and are valuable references for the professional.


After a yearlong study, The Wall Street Journal voted ‘Brent and Becky’s Bulbs’ the ‘Best Bulb Company in America’.  In April 2003, The American Daffodil Society awarded Brent with a Gold Medal of Honor for popularizing and promoting the use of daffodils and the National Garden Club of America awarded Brent their Gold Medal in 2007.  In April 2011, the Garden Club of America honored both Brent and Becky by inducting them into the organization as Lifetime Honorary Members.  Brent Heath's presentations:






















A film called "Seasons with Brian and Julia" will be shown at the Center at 2:00 pm in room 104.  "Seasons with Brian and Julia" was filmed mostly in rural Virginia by director Robert Griffith in 2011.  Griffith was able to extract an intimate portrait of small farmers, Brian and Julia, and their struggles to stay farmers.  This documentary truly shows just how hard, demanding and rewarding farming can be."  Below is a trailer from the film.  Here is the flyer.

























This event will also feature a "Kids' Zone" with many activities for children including learning about worms!  Refreshments will be available in many forms including from our own "Master Gardener Bakers" and Chick-fil-a.  Music will also be provided for your entertainment.  2 rain barrel workshops will be provided where you can make your own rain barrel and take it home!  Below is a video from one of our past events.























Schedule of Events (Education Stations)
This Schedule of Events can also be downloaded here!


Station A--"Green Movie Station"

10 am - "Green Fire"

12 pm - "Dirt, the Movie"

2   pm - "Green Fire"


Station B--"Our Green World"

10:30 am - "Homeowners on the James:  River Heroes"

Michelle Kokolis - James River Association

11:30 am - "Birds of Sandy Bottom and in your Backyard"

Marc Nichols - Sandy Bottom Park Ranger

12:30 pm - "Pesticides:  To Spray or Not to Spray"

Dan Nortman - York VCE Agent

1:30 pm - " Native Plants for Birds, Bees and Butterflies"

Jan Newton - VNPS John Clayton Chapter

2:30 pm - "Repurposing is for the Birds"

Okie Morris - Rewinedesigns


Station C--"My Green Space"

11 am - " Organic Lawn Care"

Heather Driscoll - My Sisters' Garden Organic Lawn Care

12 pm - "Backyard Chickens"

Carol Bartram - Peninsula Chicken Keepers

1 pm - " Vegetable Gardening in Small Spaces"

Rich Burney - Hampton VCE MG

2 pm - "Weeds"

Carol King - Hampton VCE MG



Pictures of past Go Green events can be seen in our Gallery.


If you are a vendor or exhibitor and would like to participate in this event, here is the "Letter of Invitation" and the "Exhibitors/Vendors Letter of Agreement" that you can send to us.


Here is the current list of exhibitors who have agreed to attend our event.

More information on this big event will be forthcoming and presented to you in the local media.  This is an event that gardeners and persons interested in the environment should not miss!

Brent Heath is one of our speakers.  Brent Heath is a third generation bulb grower and co-owner with his wife, Becky, of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, a wholesale/retail mail-order flower bulb catalogue and web site business based in Gloucester, Virginia that provides numerous types of bulbs to many botanical gardens, cities, universities, landscape designers and discriminating gardeners across the country.


Stuart W. Rose, Ph.D., is a registered architect, a graduate structural engineer, and earned his doctorate in Organization Development.  He has been a professor at three major universities, and has worked for several decades as an educator and a consultant to architects, consulting engineers, and other design professionals. For nearly thirty years he has tracked trends related to our ability to sustain life on Earth, and has initiated a unique pilot project of sustainable housing. His Garden Atriums project has been featured in nearly three dozen local, regional, and national newspapers and magazines, on NPR, PBS, and on major regional television programs. Rose has presented his work and his expertise at three international sustainability conferences, for NASA, at universities, and for communities considering sustainable development.  Stuart Rose's presentation, "Sustainability", will be held at 11:30 am in room 104.

Pavilion Schedule of events

10:15 am - Musician, Dr. Steve


11:00 am - Rain Barrel Workshop


12:00 noon - Route 17 Band


12:45 pm - Musician, Dr. Steve


1:30 pm - Route 17 Band


2:00 pm - Rain Barrel Workshop