Upcoming Events

  • By Susan Martin
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  • July 2020-Vol.6 No.7
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Heartflame Garden Open Days
Friday, July 3
6:00-8:30 pm

Heartflame Garden is a private garden located at 650 Sandy Bottom Road near Elkton, Virginia, adjacent to Shenandoah National Park.  It is a lovely three-season display garden with about two acres of cultivated gardens and another four acres of rolling hills and streams to explore. The garden is open by appointment, and also offers  “open” days when an appointment is not required. It will also be open on Friday, August 7, 6:00-8:30 pm. Check this link for more information, including contact information.

Virtual Eco-tour: Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary, MA
Thursday, July 9
12:00-1:00 pm

Operated by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation, the Sanctuary has grown to over 8,000 acres of forests, meadows, and wildlands in Massachusetts and Connecticut.  The Sanctuary is managed and maintained for the benefit of native plants and animals of New England. Hundreds of plant species can be found in the various habitats and the 14 gardens maintained at the Sanctuary. This virtual tour will highlight many of these habitats and native plants, including: meadowscapes, both wet and dry, native orchids, Liatris, Actaea, Pycnanthemum, Solidago, and much more. Tour leader, Dan Jaffe, is the Horticulturalist and Propagator for Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary and the staff photographer. He is the co-author of Native Plants for New England Gardens and has contributed photographs to many more horticulture books.

Ticket cost is $10. To learn more and to register: https://www.ecolandscaping.org/events/category/webinars/

Nature’s Best Hope by Douglas W. Tallamy
Wild Virginia Book Club Discussion
Monday, July 13
7:00–8:30 pm EDT

In Nature’s Best Hope, Tallamy argues that “Restoring viable habitat within the human-dominated landscapes that separate habitat fragments… is the single most effective thing we can do to stop the steady drain of species from our local ecosystems.” He proposes that the replacement of even half of our lawns with native plants would effectively create a twenty million acre national park that could be named Homegrown National Park. Join Wild Virginia for a discussion of how we can each make a difference while staying close to home.

A link to join the conversation will be sent to registrants before the event. Please join even if you don’t have an opportunity to read the book in advance.

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Webinar Series:
Urban Forestry is a Public Service
Thursday, July 16
10:00 am

Join Jamie King, University Arborist at Virginia Tech, as he talks about the whys and hows of urban forestry.Register in advance.

Jefferson Chapter Virginia Native Plant Society
Self-Guided Native Plant Walks at Ivy Creek Natural Area
Alternative Ways to “Walk”

Due to the challenges of maintaining physical distancing while in a group walk, the Virginia Native Plant Society and Ivy Creek have collaborated to bring you a non-traditional version of the monthly VNPS wildflower walk at Ivy Creek. We know that it is not the same as being there with others in a direct learning experience, but we believe we have found the next best thing and hope that you will enjoy it.

We recorded this month’s walk leader, Phil Stokes, walking the route along the lavender/field trail and blue trail, talking about the plants that you will see. We marked each plant with an orange flag so that they are easy to locate, and we took a photograph so that you can check to see if you have found the correct plant. The photographs are also useful as this tour will be posted for a two week period and sometimes the blooms Phil talks about might have faded (or been eaten!). But once you identify the plant, you may see it in different stages of bloom all along the walk.

There are several ways to take this walk.

1. We have provided a Plant List which has the plants you will see in the order that you will find them. Print this out and bring along a field guide to tell you about the plant as you find it.

2. If you want to walk along with Phil, you can download the free Izi travel app from your Play Store or iTunes onto your phone and it will guide you by GPS along the tour, providing Phil’s narration and the photograph of the plant as you come to it. It is helpful to download the walk before you come to ICNA, just so you are not reliant on cell phone service. You will also need to have your location turned on. To access all the photos on the app, just touch the box of images and scroll through them as you walk. Start this walk at the top of the lavender/field trail near the bat house.

3. If you prefer not to download the app, you can follow the tour on your home computer at https://izi.travel/en/efa1-june-wildflower-walk-at-ivy-creek/en. You can “walk” with Phil at home, hearing his narration, following the map of the walk and seeing the photographs. To scroll through all the photographs on your computer, use the red dots below the image that begins each section of the walk.

Also please feel free to contact catherine@ivycreekfoundation.org. Ivy Creek would love your feedback!

New Directions in Landscape Design (NDAL)
Cosponsored by: Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center and

Wild Ones – Native Plants, Natural Landscapes
Webinars for Landscape Practitioners: Ecology, Culture, and the Designed Landscape
Professional Practice Across Disciplines and Scales
July 6 – August 18

A live series for landscape practitioners including landscape architects and designers, restoration ecologists, and horticulturists. Nonprofessionals may also attend. Douglas Tallamy, Ph.D., Larry Weaner, FAPLD, Chad Adams, AICP, and a diverse group of expert instructors will discuss a variety of topics from the art of naturalistic design to science-based native meadow creation.

The first session takes place on July 6; the last session is on August 18. Recordings of sessions will not be available after the webinar date. Sessions are categorized as designplants, and field.

Topics include:
Ecological Design as Garden Art
Cemetery Landscapes as Habitat: New Paradigms Honoring Ecology
Specifications for Restoration Scale Projects
Rediscovering Historic Landscape Practice
Invisible Layers in the American Landscape
Regenerative Agriculture: A Landscape Architect’s Role
Harmony, Rhythm, and Time: A Composer’s Approach to Garden Design
A Grassland Restoration Tale of Weeds, Wildlife, & Renewal
Native Annuals: An Underutilized Landscape Resource
Genetic Variation and Native Plant Design: All Coral Bells Are Not Equal
Seed to Landscapes
Organic Planting and Management: Glenstone Museum

Cost: 1.5 hour webinars: $48 each; 3 hour webinars: $74 each. The total cost for all 13 webinars will be $595. If you would like to purchase the full series bundle, please contact us at info@ndal.org.

For more information and to register: https://ndal.org/webinars-for-landscape-practitioners/

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond

The planned reopening is July 16; in the meantime, you can enjoy virtual tours of what’s in bloom. Rose lovers in particular will enjoy an incredible virtual display.

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