For those of you who love butterflies come learn what to plant to attract them to your garden. This class will concentrate on the life cycle of the butterfly,and what plants they need to thrive in your garden. Annuals, perennials and shrubs are all part of the butterflies' habitat. Bring your dreams and any photos of your garden and you will take home a garden plan and even the necessary plants to turn your yard into a destination for Flying Flowers. As part of the class spend time in our new Butterfly House and take home a Free Host plant to get things started.
Handmade & Homegrown
Spend a weekend quilting and visiting with other quilters at Radford University's beautiful Selu Conservancy.
Held in Blacksburg biennially on every even-numbered year, this festival showcases extraordinary quilts and offers workshops and a vendor mall to quilters from all over Southwest Virginia.
Heartwood is your gateway to Southwest Virginia craft, music, food and local culture. Shop crafts by local artisans, juried to be the best of the best, and the most complete collection of Crooked Road old time, bluegrass and gospel music. Meet artisans and musicians at live events and in interactive exhibits. Get a personal welcome to Southwest Virginia's heritage, craft, music, outdoor recreation, scenic beauty. Relax in our coffee and wine bar, featuring locally roasted coffees and regional wines and plan your next trip.
Smyth County's rich history and picturesque scenery make it one of Virginia's must-see places. Saltville, with its salt wells and rich Civil War history, is home to the Museum of the Middle Appalachians. You dig fossils? Visit the town's Ice Age excavations. In autumn, check out Chilhowie's Apple Festival. While in Marion, be sure to visit the historic Lincoln Theatre and participate in the Downtown Marion Art Walk. Enjoy demonstrations or sign up for a class at one of the studios. Browse the gift shops. Drive east and savor some spectacular views.
The purr of the spinning wheel and the clack of the loom sing of Franklin Countys textile artistry. Amid hardwood forests and a local legacy of furniture making, Franklin County artisans give a new voice to woodworking. In the jewelers hands, precious metals and gemstones come together as art and heirlooms. With farm-fresh produce, homemade jams, tantalizing baked good, locally produced wine, and world-class ice cream, the White Lightning Trail is a feast.
The Wilderness Road Artisan Trail winds its way through Scott and Lee Counties marking heritage artisan studios, craft galleries and resting points. The local farmers market brings you the best the season has to offer and at local farms you can visit a pumpkin patch, and enjoy a hay ride or corn maze. Or maybe you would like to take part in old fashioned molasses stir-off or buy some homemade honey. Stop by the regions last operational gristmill still producing corn mill that is sold locally. Visit green houses full of perennials and heirloom variety bedding plants.
Refresh your spirit along mountain streams and the highest peaks in Virginia on the winding roads of Grayson County. The New River connects the valley from Independence to Galax and provides a muse for the artisans who draw inspiration from their natural surroundings. Many musical instruments on which the traditional ballads are played are crafted from Appalachian spruce and the wood turner works, much of their supply from local forests, from stump to bowl.
The artisans who live along the Lonesome Pine Artisan Trail draw from a culture steeped in mountain scenery to create masterpieces that reflect their rich heritage. Weavers transform white oak and hickory into traditional Appalachian baskets. Glass artisans create curios and exceptional pieces of jewelry. Quilts sewn by hand throughout the long winter months reflect spring in Appalachia: trillium, dogwood, and Virginia bluebells.
Make your memory for a lifetime in the eclectic galleries and artisan studios where craft isnt just sold, but happily made before your very eyes. Galleries exhibit work from local artisans and offer classes for new apprentices. Magnificent expressions through sculpture, glass, pottery, jewelry, violins and soap making will create a lifetime of memories for visitors of the Montgomery County Artisan Trail. Home of the campus of Virginia Tech, the landscapes and architecture of the university lends itself to strolling through the museums, galleries and gardens on the grounds.