Rain Barrel Workshops Scheduled April-May, 2019

Leesburg Residents can Save $25 on barrel purchase

The Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with the Leesburg Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC), will offer rain barrel workshops in Leesburg during April and May 2019. While the workshops are open to all, Leesburg residents receive a discount on rain barrel purchases, through a Town of Leesburg program sponsored by the EAC.

“Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water and reduce storm water runoff,” explained Irish Grandfield, Senior Planner with the Town of Leesburg and liaison to the Environmental Advisory Commission. “A single rain barrel may seem too small to make a difference, but small efforts add up. Also, gardeners find the stored water very useful for keeping flower and vegetable beds watered in between infrequent summer rainfalls.”

Interested parties can either make a rain barrel to take home or purchase a pre-made barrel. Kits to make a rain barrel at a workshop cost $60 each; the pre-made barrels cost $80 each (all prices include tax). As a bonus, Leesburg residents will receive a $25 discount on the purchase of a rain barrel as an incentive to promote water conservation. There are a limited number of discounts that will be given on a first-come first-serve basis (limit two per household).

The rain barrel workshops will be held at Tuscarora Creek Park (425 Solitude Court SE) in Leesburg. The workshop dates are:

  • Monday, April 22
  • Tuesday, April 23
  • Tuesday, May 14
  • Wednesday, May 15 

    Each workshop runs from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 pm. It takes about 20 minutes to make a rain barrel. Participants can arrive at any time up to 7:00 pm, if they are planning to make a barrel.

    Participants are reminded to dress appropriately if they will be constructing their own barrels. A registration form can be downloaded from the Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District website at For more information and to register, please call Suzanne Brown, District Operations Manager for the Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, at 571-918-4530, ext. 105.

Academies of Loudoun 2019 Spring Plant Sale

The annual spring plant sale to support Loudoun students in plant science and biotechnology will be held at a new location this spring. Previously held at Monroe Technology Center, the sale is now at the new Academies of Loudoun school.

As in past sales, shoppers can expect to find part of the school transformed into a make-shift garden center, packed with annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables plants, trees, shrubs, fruit trees, fruit plants, aquatic plants, fish, and over 500 hanging baskets.

*Accepts credit cards for small fee.
Academies of Loudoun

42075 Loudoun Academy Dr., Leesburg, VA 20175

April 24, 2019

10:00 am – 8:00 pm

April 25, 2019

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

April 26, 2019

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Loudoun Spring Bucket List 2019

1. Get a great deal at Consignment Sale.

Grab a great deal at one of our area’s many children’s consignment sales. You can find their listing on the community calendar, or see them all listed together on last month’s blog post, Spring 2019 Consignment Sales.

2. Go on an egg hunt.


3. Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival.

2019 is Leesburg’s 29th year putting on this wonderful festival. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you’ll enjoy all the beautiful displays. There’s something here for everyone in the family. This year’s festival is Saturday and Sunday, April 27 & 28, 2019. More info on this year’s festival.

Or, enjoy a nice drive west of Loudoun for the Blandy Farm Garden Fair in Boyce, Virginia, May 11 & 12, 2019 on Mother’s Day weekend.

Both events are rain or shine.

4. Fly a kite.

There’s lots of great places to fly a kite in Loudoun County. My favorite is the fields behind Ida Lee Recreation Center in Leesburg. You may want to take a field trip into DC to celebrate kites. The Cherry Blossom Kite Festival is held on March 30, 2019 on the Washington Monument grounds.

For a quieter event, bring the kids to the  Gunston Hall Kite Festival , April 13, 2019.

5.Slash in puddles.

This one is for the kids. But, hey!, if you want to do it too . . .

6. Explore a formal garden.

Here in Loudoun County, we have lots of formal gardens to explore and photograph. Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens, Oatlands Plantation, and Morven Park are all great choices in Leesburg.

Venturing West, and I feel worth the drive, are the Glen Burnie Gardens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. You will want to make sure you have your camera for this one.


To the East of us, and also worth the drive, is Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna.

And, I always recommend that any museum trip into the district should include  time spent in any of the Smithsonian’s Gardens. My favorite in the spring is the Enid A. Haupt Garden located directly above the National Museum of African Art and Sackler Gallery. Of course, there’s always the National Arboretum, which has its own flowering cherry blossoms without the crowds. Visit the National Arboretum on April 27-28, 2019 for a garden fair, with things to interest the youngest and oldest gardeners in your family. 

7. Get Biking.

If you’ve never been biking on the W&OD trail, this spring might be the best time to try it out. The final section of trail between Leesburg and Purcellville is arguably the most beautiful, but is also the steepest and will give you quite a workout if you’re a novice.

8.Go for a Hike.