Fairy Garden Contest at Museum

     On Saturday, August 29 starting at 10 a.m., the Southside Master Gardener Association will hold a Fairy Garden Contest. A miniature container garden may be submitted by an individual of any age, a group such as a Sunday School Class or a Garden Club or a family, a Grandmother and Grandchild for example. The gardens must be brought to the South Boston – Halifax County Museum on the morning of August 29 between 10 and 10:45 a.m. Registration forms and rules are available at the Museum or the Halifax Extension Office.

            Fairy Garden interest may have been inspired by the Bonsai dish gardens displayed in the Japanese Pavilion at the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1893. However, gardening for Fairies is a much older art and was based on fear that not all Fairies were friendly. It was best to offer a small place for a Fairy to rest in a miniature landscape that might encourage a malicious Fairy to do no harm or a friendly Fairy to visit more often. Today Fairy Gardens bring to mind small containers with miniature plants, tiny pieces of hardscape like seats and arbors and of course some Fairies, Gnomes or similar magical characters.

            The beauty of Fairy Gardens is that because of their small size it is a wonderful way to involve children in gardening. Kids just love to help pick out the plants and small items for the garden. Being involved in the building of the garden and the maintenance can teach all respect for growing things and a love of playing in the dirt.

            For the contest, the entrant must be able to hand carry the container that will be displayed on tables provided. The Fairy Garden must contain at least 2 live plants and NO artificial plants or live animals. Entries will be judged by a panel of independent judges based on overall design and creativity and imaginative use of plant material and components. The judges’ decision is final.

            Visitors may vote for one entry for the People’s Choice category between 11 a.m and noon. Judges will determine the first and second place winners. Winners will be announced at 12:45 p.m.

            Please join in the festivities of these gardens in miniature. Entry forms and rules may be picked up at the Museum during regular hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at the Halifax Extension Office Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit or call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147 option 0.



This miniature western landscape, created by Master Gardener Carol Nelson, evokes the feel of the desert with the cacti, stones and cattle skull.  Bring your Container Fairy Garden to the South Boston - Halifax County Museum between 10 and 10:45 a.m. on August 29 for your chance to win the contest.   


Master Gardeners and Hyper What? By Laverne Fuller

     Hypertufa:  what is it and why do you want to know?  Hypertufa is the art of mixing Portland cement, sphagnum peat moss, perlite and water to make stone-like garden pots.  The mixture can be made into many different shapes depending on what is used for molds.  Boxes, bowls and old flowerpots can be used.  Hypertufa pots have the appearance of old stone, but are much lighter and easier to handle.  They can add a natural, organic look to your landscape.  Unlike clay pots, hypertufa does not crack if left outside over the winter.  Join the Southside Master Gardeners at the Halifax Farmer's Market on Saturday, July 11, from 8 to 11 a.m. to make your own hypertufa pot.  The cost is $5 per pot and all materials will be provided.  For more information about the Southside Master Gardener program, please call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, visit their website at or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     The Southside Virginia Herb Society will also be at the Farmer's Market from 8 to 11 a.m. with herbal treats for tasting and a special display on drying herbs.  Herbs are easy to grow, provide ingredients for making delicious meals and add beauty to the garden.  Heres de Provence, herbal butter and herbal booklets will be for sale.

     As always, the freshest local produce and homegrown and homemade items will be available for sale.  What a great opportunity to support your friends and neighbors and feed your family the best food available.  See you there!

Master Gardeners Tommy Conner, Linda Singer and Agnes Gregory mix up

the hypertufa ingredients.  Easy enoough for kids to do.  Join in the fun on

July 11th at the Halifax Farmers Market and make your own container.

Eat Smart, Move More - Article 2 - Corn

Request for Proposal – Banking Services for Line of Credit Provider

Town of Halifax, Virginia

Request for Proposal – Banking Services for Line of Credit Provider

Closing Date: July 24, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT

All proposals must be received by the closing date and time to be considered.


One (1) original and (4) copies

of each proposal shall be mailed or delivered to:

Town of Halifax

Town Treasurer

70 South Main Street

Post Office Box 627

Halifax, Virginia 24558

The intent of this Request for Proposal is to contract with a single banking institution to provide The Town of Halifax, Virginia ("the Town"), a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a Line of Credit with annual renewal terms and conditions. The Line of Credit will be used for the purchase of products and services related to specific projects which will be repaid with monthly installments and under the terms of the agreement. The agreement will stipulate fees and costs (if any) associated with the unused portion (balance) as well as the interest rate on the borrowed amount. Interest rate calculation methodology (fixed or variable) shall be clearly identified and described as part of the terms set forth in the agreement. The Town is seeking a Line of Credit with the following attributes:

• $250,000 Line of Credit

• The Line of Credit will be available for borrowing, re-paying, or re-borrowing until the maturity date

• The Line of Credit will be unsecured.

The banking services shall be provided for an initial period of three years beginning approximately August 31, 2015.

The Town of Halifax reserves the right to award this contract in part or in whole as deemed in the best interest of the Town.

One (1) original and four (4) copies of the proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope/package marked

"Request for Proposal-Banking Services/Line of Credit Provider Contract for the Town of Halifax, Virginia". No fax proposals will be accepted.

The Halifax Town Council Finance Committee will make recommendations using an evaluation process of its choosing and reserves the right to make the determination of reasonable offers and to waive informalities and/or irregularities and to accept or reject any or all offers. Proposals shall be as thorough and detailed as possible so that the Town may properly evaluate the capabilities of the offeror to provide the required services.

All inquiries for information regarding procurement procedures, selection criteria, proposal submission requirements, or other fiscal/administrative concerns shall be directed to:

Carl Espy, IV Halifax Town Manager

Post Office Box 627

70 South Main Street

Halifax, Virginia 24558

E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 434-476-2343

Fax: 434-476-6344

Southside Master Gardeners Aug 8th Perennial Display




Master Gardener Second Saturday in August

By Laverne Fuller

The Master Gardener Second Saturdays series at the Halifax Farmer's Market continues on August 8 from 8 to 11 a.m. with a 9:30 demonstration on how to divide perennials.  Perennials are a mainstay of the landscape in that they come back year after year.  You can Google native Virginia perennials to find varieties that are suited to our soils and weather conditions.  Once a perennial bed is established, little maintenance is required to keep the area beautiful.

After a few years, you may notice that the blooms on your perennials are getting smaller or the plant gets thinner in the center.  This is a sure sign that the plants roots are crowded and need some attention.  Perennials can be divided in several ways.  The entire plant can be dug up and the roots separated into multiple plants to be replanted.  Another method is to use a shovel and to dig into the root ball of the plant and remove some of it.  Either way provides more space for the roots to spread out and gives you happier, healthier plants.  You can establish new beds or share the extras with friends and neighbors.

Join the Master Gardeners at the Halifax Farmer's Market on August 8 to learn more about maintaining a beautiful landscape.  As always, vendors will be at the Market with local goods.  In celebration of National Farmers Market Week the Market will have kids activities, corn hole toss, refreshments, grilling demo, free soy tea-light candles, free homemade laundry soap samples (1 per customer), other vendor samples and free recipes.  At 10 am Naturally Artistic Dog Grooming will offer free dog grooming and dog obedience training.  The great vendor basket raffle, which will be set up next to market entrance, will be filled with vendor goodies and will be raffled off.  The raffle tickets will be $1 each with all proceeds going to the Halifax County Humane Society.  For more information about the Master Gardener program, call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, visit the website at or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Join the Southside Master Gardeners at the Halifax Farmers Market for

a special demo at 9:30 dividing this beautiful Japanese Iris, a great

plant for the perennial border.