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The Lucketts Community Center

The old school in Lucketts,  now the Historic Lucketts Community Center

Lucketts, Virginia, U.S.A. is a rural community in Northern Virginia rich in American history.  It has seen the epic adventure of this great land unfold before it.  The Carolina Road from pre-colonial times passes through this area and not too long ago, armies of both the South and the North were here, fighting or marching to other battlefields.  We are now a community of farms and homes and offer you our welcome....

Come Visit. 

Events of Interest in Lucketts, Virginia, U.S.A.

Car Show News
Lucketts 2009
12th Annual Show


Sunday, 27 September 2009  -  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  (Gates open at 8 a.m.)

To be held, rain or shine, at the Historic Lucketts Community Center in Downtown Lucketts, Virginia.

Lucketts News
Things and stuff that are happening around the community of Lucketts

Planting trees
Many area gardeners and homeowners are anxious to begin the planting season and among the most popular plants with which to begin the season are trees. Unfortunately, in too many cases the tree, planted with such high hopes, does not react well to its new home and either dies or has such poor leaf growth that it looks next to dead. Not at all what you wanted. Extensive research has shown that correct planting is the single most important factor in successfully growing trees and the first step is a $10 hole for a $5 tree.  Planting and care guidelines for trees are available at both the gardening information center at the Lucketts Community Center and at the Loudoun Extension Service in Leesburg.

Integrated Pest Management
Consider an alternative to putting poison down in your yard. Integrated Pest Management uses  techniques that will allow you to control most pests and still keep the environment clean.  And remember, healthy soil grows healthy plants and healthy plants are the best defense  against pests. Further information on IPM and soil improvement are available at the Loudoun County Extension Office in Leesburg or the Loudoun County Master Gardeners on 703-771-5150.

Trash Pick-up and Recycling

Those of us who have been around Lucketts for awhile probably know about it, but for our newer residents, there is a trash pick-up and recycling bin each Saturday morning at the Lucketts Elementary School.  Household trash and recyclable cans, plastic and glass as well as paper products may be dropped off (and save that 25 or so mile trip to the County dump).  A $4 donation is requested and the hours are from 8am to noon.

Bluegrass at Lucketts

As soon as the new season for Lucketts Bluegrass is available, you'll see it here.


Email me for a downloadable version  in Microsoft Word (to put on the refrigerator).

Admission is $15, no food or recording equipment is allowed and snacks will be available in the kitchen. 
The shows start at 7:00 p.m. with doors open at 6:00 p.m. 
For further information, contact the Historic Lucketts Community Center at 703-771-5281.

Loudoun Gardens


That Herb Garden:  If you have not tried to grow a herb garden, you might be in for a pleasant surprise.  Many of the herbs are very easy to grow and can be used both for flavoring and aroma. he old stand-by mint is always a favorite.  It is used in ice tea, as a fragrant  addition to flower arrangements in the home and a pleasant addition to the outdoor garden.  A species of mint,

peppermint, is somewhat stronger than other mint plants and has a refreshing aroma when it is touched. Thyme is a very large group of aromatic plants long cultivated and valued as both ornamental and culinary herbs.  When planted in the seams of a rock path, they can soften the appearance and provide a delicious fragrance when walked on.  Garden or common thyme and lemon thyme are important for their flavor and belong in the herb garden.  And my personal favorite,  going back to six years is Italy, is basil.  There have been many lunches eaten on the streets of  Rome made up of sliced tomato and mozzarella, a sprinkle of vinegar and olive oil and topped with basil. This area has more than its share of native herbs.  Among them is purple coneflower, used by some to prevent the cold - and it certainly will raise your spirits when you see it flowering in the summer.  Black cohosh is sold in pharmacies and health food stores and is a very fine tall late summer blooming  perennial.  It's especially at home in the shaded areas of the forest edge. Saint-John's wort is widely sold over the counter for its medical properties but can also be grown
as an ornamental flower, a ground cover and a shrub.  (As an aside, wort is an old English word meaning plant).  Rosemary, while not native to this area, is widely cultivated here as a flavoring for cooking as well as for an oil  used as a medicine.  It can be treated as a perennial if it protected from the cold part of the winter and will grow up to 4 feet tall under ideal conditions. Herbs can be a wonderful addition to your garden, offering different aromas to the air, flavoring for food and serving as attractive ornamental plantings.

Integrated Pest Management.  It is no secret that when the plants begin to grow, the pests also begin to grow.  In calling them pests, both weeds (plants in places you don't want them) and bugs (insects that damage your garden) are included.  It used to be that powerful herbicides were used to control those plants that were not wanted, but those chemicals made their way into the streams and waterways only to kill off life there also.  And the all purpose insecticide DDT was widely used against all manner of bugs, until our national emblem, the bald eagle, started to disappear and the incidence of breast cancer took a sharp rise. In addition, the widespread use of these pesticides took a toll of the beneficial insects that has, since the beginning of time kept the undesirable insects in check.  We were killing the good guys as well as the bad guys. A new method of pest control has developed that is based on two principal themes.  The first is that pests are here to stay and it is necessary only to see that they do not do substantial damage to the environment, which includes your garden.  The second is that there are many ways to control the damage and all of them should be used, not simply reaching for the chemicals.  This new method is called integrated pest management (IPM) and is extremely effective in controlling damaging pests in the garden and home.  I urge each of you to read up on this and use its principals in your garden. You can get additional details about IPM at the Loudoun County Extension Office in Leesburg or by calling the Loudoun County Master Gardener help line at 703-771-5150. I wish you good gardening.

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