March 25th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

henrico trees

The Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District will give away tree seedlings March 28-29 to help residents improve their property values, conserve energy and protect local watersheds.

Henrico County residents can pick up bare-root seedlings from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28 in shelter 1 at Dorey Park, 7200 Dorey Park Drive; and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 29 in the parking lot of Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road.

Residents may select as many as 10 seedlings but not more than five of any one species. The seedlings will be available while supplies last and will include sycamore, red maple, red oak, green ash, red osier dogwood, river birch, white pine, red bud, white dogwood, bald cypress, loblolly pine and sourwood.

For information, call (804) 501-5175, send an email to or go to

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July 27th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

Whole Foods Market – Friday One Day Deal is fresh, wild coho salmon fillets $8.99/pound. Reg. $16.99/lb (Guess what we are splurging on for dinner??)

Barrel Thief – The Short Pump location is closing Saturday, and all wine is 20% off. (Patterson Ave location remains open – if you love wine when you dine out, I definitely recommend checking it out!)

Great Big Greenhouse – Summer Clearance Sale 30% to 75% OFF – One of a kinds, discontinues, out of season and slighty worn items all included! Click here to see many of the sale items
Also, 25% Off Any One Plant with this coupon, Expires August 1, 2012. Cannot be combined with Clearance Sale

The Clothes Rack thrift store – 50% Off at both stores Friday & Saturday (2618 West Cary Street; 6780 Forest Hill Avenue)


50% off at Hall Tree Consignment
Libbie Avenue Sidewalk Sales
$6.99 Entertainment Books

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April 3rd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

Source: via Alison on Pinterest

Spotted this notice in the Sunday Times-Dispatch:

Used bricks, cinderblocks and similar inert materials are available at the U.S. 301 transfer station for Hanover County residents to remove for their own uses. The material is free to those who can load it into their vehicle without help. If the county loader is needed to dump the material into the vehicle bed, the cost is $2 per cubic yard, with a minimum of five cubic yards.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for holidays. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at (804) 365-6181.”

I have no idea what kind of condition the materials are in, but used bricks might add a lot of character to a (free) DIY home improvement project! I pinned a couple brick project ideas here.

The info caught my eye because I had just read a useful article in the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens about Jim Keefe, a gentleman in Boston who created a gorgeous garden mostly utilizing salvaged materials. He had some tips for finding free or cheap gardening materials:

    Hardscape: Get in touch with builders/contractors that might have leftover items removed from project sites and save them a trip to the landfill. Likewise, check local building permits to find sites where teardown of existing structures might be happening
    Plants: Construction projects might also involve the removal of plant materials, so the suggestions above apply. Look for plant swaps in your area. And let friends and family know you’re hunting for plants, in case they are planning to remove any. (I see offers of free plants pop up on Freecycle and Craigslist!)

Another BHG article about using salvaged materials in the garden

Do you guys have any tips, or success stories, about salvaged or otherwise free landscaping materials?

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February 17th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

What weekend snowstorm? Those daffodils blooming in my yard already have me thinking spring! Some local retailers agree, because they are offering a number of free gardening classes this weekend:

Strange’s Florist (12111 West Broad St) –

February 18, 2012 at 10am – Make Your Own Hypertufa Container
Hosted by Michael

Hypertufa containers are easy to make, lightweight, and add an attractive stone look to your garden. This free class will give you the materials to make your own, plus a demonstration on creating a minature or fairy garden in your container.

Due to the popularity of this class, we ask that you please bring in your empty containers (3 gallon size or smaller) if you have them. Please bring different sizes if capable, where one container can fit inside another.

February 18, 2012 at 2pm – Eat the Fruits – And Vegetables! – Of Your Labor
Hosted by Chris

2011 has come and gone, and it’s time to ready that soil for another round of gardening. This class will provide an overview of edible garden planting, from preparing the space to popular crops for early spring and summer.

February 19, 2012 at 2pm – The World of Terrariums
Hosted by Allison

It’s easy to create your own little world in a terrarium, making it into your own mini greenhouse, jungle or even home for a frog. Easily customizable, terrariums offer a lot to a small space, and this demonstration will show you just how easy it is.

Great Big Greenhouse (2051 Huguenot Rd) –

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
Bonnie Pega is giving a free educational seminar this Saturday, February 18 at 10am. Now is the time to get going on your garden! Please call to reserve your spot! 804-320-1317 or email

Remember, there is also an Organic Urban Gardening class Saturday.

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February 11th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

richmond gardening classes

As part of the city’s Green Richmond Initiative, the city of Richmond has partnered with Richmond Noir Market, Richmond Grows Gardens, and the Richmond Public Library to hold free urban agriculture classes to the public.

The classes start Saturday, February 18, 2012 and are held on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the North Avenue Branch Library (2901 North Avenue), continuing through March 24, 2012. The classes do not require prior registration.

For more information, please contact (804) 646-6675.

Thanks Jonah!

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March 22nd, 2011 by Alison

tree seedling giveaway

From the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District

Bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County residents FREE-OF-CHARGE for the spring planting season. Trees beautify our surroundings, increase property values, help save energy, and protect our watershed…. Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first served basis. Each participant is allowed up to 10 trees total, not to include more than 5 of the same species.

Scheduled giveaways:

    Thursday, March 24, 2011
    Dorey Park Shelter 1
    7200 Dorey Park Drive
    2:30 PM – 6:30 PM

    Friday, March 25, 2011
    Hermitage High School Parking Lot
    (intersection of Hungary Spring & Parham Roads)
    8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

The following seedlings will be available: sycamore, red maple, red oak, green ash, red-osier dogwood, river birch, white pine, red bud, white dogwood, bald cypress, loblolly pine, sourwood

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September 14th, 2010 by Alison

compost bin

This Saturday, September 18, beginning at 9am, Earth Machine Compost Bins and SYSTERN Rail Barrels will be available at a discount in the parking lots of Henrico County Western Government Center and Hanover County Mechanicsville Convenience Center.

The compost bins will be $45 (CORRECTED, not $40) (regular price $100) and the rain barrels will be $50 (regularly $120). Visa, Mastercard, and check accepted.

Also visit CVWMA’s website to enter to win a free bin or barrel! (appears to be no longer available)

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