Herbs and Nursery Visits with Host Gardeners Joyce Morningstar and Jaanine Glascock
We’ll visit two locations in Berkeley Springs: Morningstar Nursery and Quail Hollow Farm. Please note: For this month only, we’ll meet at 10:00 am. No breakfast will be served; instead bring a brown-bag lunch. A big variety of potted plants are available for purchase at both locations, including many herbs, natives plants, annuals, perennials, dwarf iris, trees and shrubs ready for planting now. Other items available for purchase at Morningstar include essential oils, soaps and jewelry crafted by Joyce.
First location: Star Eagle Studio and Gardens, 1437 Pious Ridge Road, Berkeley Springs.
Organic gardening for Herbs, Vegetables and Flowers with Joyce Morningstar, owner of Star Eagle Studio and Gardens
Joyce Morningstar will speak about growing herbs, vegetables, flowers and fruit trees by organic methods. Joyce’s nursery is based on the idea of self-sufficiency — growing our own food and making our own medicines. Joyce and her husband Lee have an orchard, berry patches, a veggie garden, an herbal medicine wheel, and many native plants. They strongly believe in growing by organic methods, making compost, and returning the microorganisms to the soil that have been lost because of overuse of fertilizers and pesticides. They strive to be stewards of the land, living responsibly toward all life. The nursery is a part-year venture selling an abundance of plants, including hardy field grown herbs, native plants, shrubs, and trees. Joyce also crafts stone jewelry. Following her presentation, Joyce will take us for a tour of her nursery.
Joyce is a ten-year Master Gardener in Morgan County and has taught the herb class for the Berkeley County Master Gardeners for many years. She and her husband Lee created the Town of Bath Community Garden in Berkeley Springs, growing free food for the local community for the last three years. Joyce is currently Vice President of the Blue Ridge chapter of the Wild Ones, a native plant educational group.
Second location: Quail Hollow Farm, 5285 Highland Ridge Road, Berkeley Springs 25441, 304-258-0584.
Located just 8 miles south of historic Berkeley Springs, Quail Hollow Farm presents a breathtaking vista of forests, fields and orchards to enjoy while checking out the wide selection of hard-to-find herbs and flowering perennials, annuals and shrubs, as well as many varieties of the familiar favorites. Jaanine Glascock will show us around her greenhouse nursery and herb garden. We may be able to see their game birds as well. (Our plan to stop at Dawn White’s is postponed for another time.)
Lunch: This meeting will be a bring-your-own brown-bag lunch and beverage, instead of the usual breakfast meeting. Please bring a folding chair. We’ll have our lunch at Morningstar Nursery.
Directions and Parking – Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited.
First location: Joyce Morningstar’s Nursery, “Star Eagle Studio and Gardens,” 1437 Pious Ridge Road, Berkeley Springs 25411. If coming from Martinsburg/Rt. 9: From Edwin Miller Boulevard or Martinsburg, continue onto Route 9W for 20 miles. After you pass Peter Yost Road on the left, Joyce’s road is the next road on the right, Pious Ridge Rd. Turn right onto Pious Ridge Road; go about 1.5 miles. You will see the gardens on the left. The number #1437 is on the chimney. Park facing into the stone wall or in the driveway.
If coming from I-70: Take the Hancock Rt. 522 exit south towards Berkeley Springs. As soon as you go over the Potomac River bridge, turn left onto River Road. The 2nd right is Pious Ridge Road. Follow Pious Ridge for about 5 miles. Once you pass DeHaven Road, we are the 2nd house on the right. Call 304-258-6247 if you get lost.
Second location: We will provide driving directions to Quail Hollow Farm on Saturday (or see their website). Briefly, for GPS use the following coordinates: Latitude 39.5283; Longitude 78.2011.
Rain or shine unless posted that morning on website.