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  • By Susan Martin
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  • January 2020-Vol.6 No.1
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Piedmont Master Gardeners
Garden Basics: Prune or Not to Prune?
Saturday, January 18
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
1118 Preston Ave., Charlottesville, VA  22903

Learn how to keep your trees and shrubs healthy and attractive with proper pruning techniques. FREE BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Email your name and name of class to: info@piedmontmastergardeners.org

For more information, as well as a full listing of winter/spring Garden Basics classes, visit https://piedmontmastergardeners.org/events/

Jefferson Chapter Virginia Native Plant Society
Monthly  Meeting and Presentation
Wednesday, January 8
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Education Building at Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville

Chris Asquith on salamanders. Free. All are welcome!

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards
Tree Basics Class: Tree ID by Season: Winter
Saturday, January 11
9:30-12:00 noon
Education Building at Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville

Join the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards for a free tree identification class. Winter unmasks nature, revealing our local woody trees in their most skeletal form. Participants will learn to identify trees by studying the bare bones of plants, branching structure, bark, buds, and leaf scars.  Tree Steward Emily Ferguson will present this class.  The first hour will be indoors.  If weather permits, the second hour will be outside.  Attendance is limited to 25 people. Registration required here.

Blue Ridge PRISM quarterly meeting (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management)
“Winter Activities for Weed Warriors”
 Wednesday, January 15
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Education Building at Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville


Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards
Tree Basics Class: Invasive Plant ID and Treatment
Saturday, January 18
9:30-12:00 noon
Ivy Creek Natural Area, Education Building, 1780 Earlysville Rd., Charlottesville

Non-native invasive plants pose an increasing threat to the Piedmont Virginia landscape. Join Tree Stewards Tim Maywalt and William Hamersky to learn about the nature of this threat, how to identify the most common invasive plants and a wide range of treatment techniques. A slide presentation inside will be followed by a walk in the forest and meadows of the Ivy Creek Nature Center where invasives will be identified and treatment techniques demonstrated. Dress for the forest and the weather as we will be outside for up to an hour on and off trails on varied terrain. Also, bring any plants that you have questions about, and we will try to help you identify whether they pose a threat. Free but Registration is required here. Attendees are invited for field experience identifying and treating invasive plants assisted by experienced staff the weekend after class. Details will be provided at class.

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards
Tree Basics Class: Pruning
Saturday, January 25
10:00-12:00  noon
Northside Library, 705 Rio Rd W, Charlottesville

This free class is presented by Tree Steward Tim Maywalt. Learn how to prune landscape trees to improve their health and appearance, while reducing the risk of branch failure. Also, find out what tools to use and how to use them safely along with best pruning practices. Slides indoors will be followed by a pruning demonstration outdoors (please dress appropriately). Registration not required. Attendees are invited to practice their pruning skills on Sunday afternoon, January 26, assisted by trained Tree Stewards. Details will be provided during the class.


Piedmont Landscape Association
37th Annual Seminar
Thursday, February 6
The Paramount Theater
215 East Main Street, Charlottesville

For more information on this full-day seminar, and to register, see the online brochure. Note the early bird registration date of January 14.

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

This day-long seminar will include two topics with the morning session covering the Boxwood Tree Moth and the afternoon will be centered on the Boxwood Blight. Please register online at www.boxwoodsociety.org.


Virginia Native Plant Society State Workshop
Saturday, March 14
V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont Virginia Community College

Save the date! More info to follow: https://vnps.org/events/vnps-annual-workshop-2020/

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