Gardener's Exchange Group, April Meeting: Gardening! Herbs and a Garden Visit

Gardening! Herbs and a Garden Visit with host gardeners Joyce Morningstar and Dawn White

We’ll visit two locations in Berkeley Springs: Morningstar Nursery and Dawn White’s residence. Please note: For this month only, we’ll meet at 10:00 am. No breakfast will be served; instead, bring a brown-bag lunch.

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: Dawn White’s residence to tour her grounds. Dawn lives in the “Far End” development off Route 9, at 4581 Spohrs Road, Berkeley Springs.
We’ll tour Dawn’s gardens and grounds, and have our brown-bag lunch at Dawn’s. In October 2015, the Department of Environmental Protection under the direction of WV State Forrester Herb Peddicord (who spoke to us last year and guided us through Yankauer Nature Preserve) planted 34 varieties of flowering trees, including Smoke trees, Fringe trees and Kentucky Coffee trees, on Dawn’s property. The largest Red Oak in the state of WV is located on Dawn’s property. Dawn will point out these trees to those of us who would like to walk around her property. Dawn is a long-time resident of Berkeley Springs, avid gardener and active participant in environmental protection.

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 Dawn’s where we’ll eat either indoors or on her deck overlooking Sleepy Creek, weather permitting.

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: Dawn White’s residence at 4581 Spohrs Road, Berkeley Springs 25411. Directions from Joyce’s to Dawn’s: Head southwest on Pious Ridge Road toward Wrenwood Lane for 1.4 miles. Turn left onto Route 9 E for 0.2 miles. Turn right onto county Route 9/8 for 0.5 miles. Turn right onto Theodore Hawvermale Road for 1 mile. Turn left onto New Hope Road for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Spohrs Road/ Virginia Line-Potomac Road for 1.4 miles. Turn left for 0.2 miles to destination. At Dawn’s, park in the rear behind the garage.