Upcoming Events

  • By Susan Martin
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  • February 2020-Vol.6 No. 2
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Virginia Native Plant Society Jefferson Chapter
“Invasive Plants in State Parks”
Wednesday, February 12
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Education Building at Ivy Creek Natural Area
1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Al Cire will join us to discuss invasive plant removal and related issues in Virginia State Parks. Our state parks have experienced significant issues with exotic invasives, and staff like Al have had to come up with creative solutions for addressing the issues. Al has been a Conservation Officer with the Virginia Dept. of Conservation and Recreation since 1989. He is currently serving as Operations Coordinator for the Division of Natural Heritage.

Culpeper Virginia Cooperative Extension
“Spotted Lanternfly Update”
Friday, February 14
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Culpeper VCE Office, 1010 S West St, Culpeper, VA  22701

Topics include: Insect identification; Tree of heaven (host plant) identification; description of damage to woody plants, fruiting plants, and crops; and discussion of the range of spotted lanternfly in Virginia and the United States.

Please register by contacting the Culpeper VCE Office by phone at (540) 727-3435 ext. 0, or by email at ashappling@vt.edu

Piedmont Master Gardeners Garden Basics Class
“Soil, Mulch, and Compost”
Saturday, February 15
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
1118 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville, 22903

UPDATE: THIS CLASS IS FULL. Thank you for your interest and check our Events Calendar for more Garden Basics classes.

League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Areas
“Hot Matters! Climate Crisis: What Action Should We Take?”
Sunday, February 16
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
CitySpace, 100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

We understand the depth and urgency of the warning–global warming is placing our planet in peril. But what specific actions can we take, both individually and as the Central Virginia community, that would be most effective in confronting climate change?

To answer that question, we have invited panelists Cheryl Gomez, UVA Facilities Management, Director of Operations; Susan Kruse, Executive Director of the Charlottesville Climate Collaborative; Kristel Riddervold, City of Charlottesville Environmental Sustainability Manager; and Kristie Smith, Virginia Conservation Network Policy & Campaigns Manager – Energy & Transportation. In addition to learning about effective actions in our day-to-day activities and in our advocating work, we also will seek their guidance on how to prioritize where we should focus our energy and support.

American Boxwood Society
Third International Summit on Boxwood Challenges
Wednesday, February 19
USDA Library, Beltsville, Maryland

This day-long seminar will include two topics: the morning session will cover the Boxwood Tree Moth and the afternoon session will cover Boxwood Blight. Please register online at www.boxwoodsociety.org.

Culpeper Office, Virginia Cooperative Extension
“Update on Boxwood Blight”
Friday, February 28
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
1010 S West St, Culpeper, VA 22701

For more information or to register, please contact the Culpeper VCE Office by phone at (540) 727-3435 ext. 0 or by email at ashappling@vt.edu

Landowner’s Woods & Wildlife Conference (16th Annual)
Saturday, February 29
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Daniel Technology Center
Germanna Community College
18121 Technology Dr., Culpeper, VA 22701

This popular event is different every year and at each location with diverse topics and speakers throughout the day for you to choose from.  Geared toward large and small acreage woodland owners, and great for citizen scientists desiring to expand their applied knowledge base!

Details and registration at:  https://forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/landownerprograms/ConferencesandWorkshops2/WoodsandWildlifeConferences.html


Piedmont Master Gardeners
Spring Lecture Series
Thursdays: March 5, 12, 19, 26
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Albemarle County Office Building, 5th Street Extended, just off I-64*

On March 5, Tim McCoy, an extension associate with the Virginia Tech Entomology Department, will present, “Pesticides and Pollinators: What Gardeners Should Know.”  McCoy has been researching and teaching pesticide safety and pollinator protection for 17 years. He will discuss how pesticide misuse threatens bees that play an essential role in supporting a diverse and healthy garden, and he will offer practical ways to help these invaluable pollinators thrive in our landscapes.

On March 12, Doug Tallamy, a leading voice for growing native plants in our yards and gardens, will present “Nature’s Best Hope: Creating a Vibrant Ecosystem.” A professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, Tallamy will offer simple steps each of us can—and must—take to reverse declining biodiversity. He is author of the widely acclaimed Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens and (with co-author Rick Darke) The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden. His new book, Nature’s Best Hope, will be published by Timber Press in February.
(*Please note the different location for this lecture which will be Lane Auditorium in the Albemarle County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road.)

On March 19, Keith Nevison, manager of farm and nursery operations for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, will speak on “Year-round Vegetable Gardening.” He will explain the latest approaches to ensuring successive harvests through all four seasons in Central Virginia. He will touch on crop trials underway across the South and the use of historic crops that enhance garden diversity and resiliency.


On March 26, Robyn Puffenbarger, chair of the Department of Biology and Environmental Science at Bridgewater College, will give a lecture on “Robins to Raptors: Observing Birds in Our Backyards.” Drawing on the college’s bird skin collection, she will help participants build their skills for identifying bird species that inhabit Virginia, from woodpeckers to owls to songbirds to raptors. She will also provide insights on their habitats, migration patterns and diets, as well as strategies to attract more birds to our backyards.

Admission is $8 for each lecture and may be paid at the door or online in advance at piedmontmastergardeners.org/events. For more information, visit piedmontmastergardeners.org/events or call (434) 872-4581.

Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association
“Gardening in the Valley Symposium”
Saturday, March 7
8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Shenandoah University
Hester Auditorium, Henkel
1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA 22601

Topics include: Origins, definitions and how organic are the products you buy; native plants that attract butterflies; medicinal plants; making a living by growing crops and raising livestock; and gardening in small spaces. Click here for a brochure and to register.

McIntire Botanical Garden
3rd Annual Ian Robertson Legacy Lectureship
Mikyoung Kim,”Reclaiming the City: A Focus on Human Centered Design”
Sunday, March 8
Farmington Country Club
1625 Country Club Cir, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Shop at our market of local vendors and hear from MBG’s lead designer, Mikyoung Kim, whose work around the world focuses on the healing properties of public landscapes. Kim and her team, including Waterstreet Studio, have recently won the prestigious American Society of Landscape Architects’ Honor Award for our Garden design!

Proceeds support the design of the Garden. Seating is limited! See the link for more information including a schedule of events and reserve your place now.

Virginia Native Plant Society State Workshop
“Earth’s Climate: Present, Past, and Future”
Saturday, March 14
9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont Virginia Community College
444 College Drive, Charlottesville Virginia 22902

This workshop will focus on climate changes at different periods of time; how these changes might relate to our current climate; and inform our thoughts about today’s changes. For more information and to register see https://vnps.org/events/vnps-annual-workshop-2020/

Shenandoah Valley Plant Symposium
“A Gardener’s Palette”
Friday, March 20
8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Best Western Inn and Conference Center
109 Apple Tree Lane, Waynesboro, VA 22980

Go to this link for a full listing of conference speakers and topics, and to register.

Piedmont Master Gardeners Garden Basics Class
“Grow Your Own Vegetables”
Saturday, March 21
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
1118 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville, VA  22903

Growing vegetables is easy! Learn how to prepare, plant and tend your vegetable garden. COST: FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. HOW TO REGISTER:  Send your name and name of class to info@piedmontmastergardeners.org

2020 Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 2
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
On the lawn at the Shops at Stonefield

The Piedmont Master Gardeners Association and the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will again host their annual plant and tree sale on the lawn at the Shops at Stonefield. To be held rain or shine, the sale will offer more than 5,000 plants, including annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, houseplants, shrubs and trees. Among them will be a large selection of native plants and other plants that support pollinators. In addition, a variety of “green elephants” will be available, including pots, garden décor, tools and more. During the sale, Master Gardeners will staff a Horticulture Help Desk and will provide ten-minute tutorials on “Planting and Caring for Tomatoes” (10:30 a.m.), “Why Plant Natives?” (11:30 a.m.) and “Deer-Resistant Plants” (noon). Please join us on May 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm out on the lawn at the Shops at Stonefield.


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