Garden Works

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Welcome to USO-Metro Garden Works!

Garden Works is a community of fellow gardeners founded in mid-2020 during the Covid 19 epidemic. As service member families huddled at home with no apparent end in sight, there seemed to be a need for fun and purposeful family activities, a way to reduce social isolation, and a desire for resiliency and independence from the food chain. What started as a kernel of an idea to share gardening tricks and advice from volunteer Virginia Master Gardeners quickly cascaded into a multitude of activities and tutorials that have helped sustain our military families during these uncertain times.

Here’s a sample of our Fall 2020 offerings created by our USO Garden Works volunteers!

Fall Vegetable Gardening Tutorial

Herb Propagation Tutorial

Growing Herbs in Containers Tutorial

Growing Herbs for Wellness and Nutrition

Growing Garlic Tutorial

Fall Bucket Gardens Giveaway

Garlic Planting Kits Giveaway

Herb Bundle Baskets Giveaway

With our families and outdoors persons in mind, our 2020 fall season also featured a Zoom recording with Colonial Williamsburg’s Farmer Ed and Gardener Eve to answer our younger generation’s questions on historical farming. Additionally, our volunteers produced a self-guided Fort Belvoir trail guide. The guide includes a trail map, tree identification guide and family activities to do outside. Two more detailed trail guides are available: For history buffs, a detailed guide to the Belvoir Historic Walk is available. For those adventurers interested in a more educational tour of the trail flora and fauna, a detailed trail guide narrative was also made available for the Pohick Trail.

Possibly the most exciting development of Garden Works has been the creation of a private USO Facebook site, where we share our gardening experiences, education, support, and creativity. Nearly every day, new posts and photos highlight the enthusiasm of fellow gardeners and invite others to weigh in on one’s most perplexing gardening issues.

Come join us! Each season we share new and inspiring insights on how to garden and how to connect with the great outdoors! You can learn more about our USO-Metro Garden Works program by:

Service Members not using Facebook may email our Master Gardener Mentors at

We hope to see you soon!

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