Upcoming Events

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  • November 2020-Vol.6 No. 11
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PIEDMONT MASTER GARDENER GARDEN BASICS CLASSES ON ZOOM
Saturday, November 21
2:00 – 3:30 PM

 “Water-Wise Gardening” with Deborah Harriman.

Become a steward of the environment by managing water efficiently in your landscape. Learn how to control erosion and runoff and how to help plants survive in wet, dry, and hot conditions.
Classes are FREE but registration is required. Fill out a registration form by November 16. An invitation to the Zoom session will follow.

IVY CREEK NATURAL AREA SELF-GUIDED OR VIRTUAL WALK
Co-sponsored by Jefferson Chapter Virginia Native Plant Society
and Ivy Creek Natural Area
First available for download on or about November 21

Are you looking for a fun family activity outside while social distancing?  Come out to Ivy Creek and take part in November’s virtual self-guided plant walk. Or, follow the walk from home and identify plants. Native plant enthusiast Ruth Douglas will lead this late fall virtual plant walk, giving participants an opportunity to learn to recognize some of Ivy Creek’s wildflowers and alien invasives in their winter form; there are a surprising number of herbaceous wildflowers and invasives that can be identified from their dry stems and leaves. On or about November 21, a link to the walk will be posted on Ivy Creek’s web page, https://ivycreekfoundation.org/ , the Jefferson Chapter Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonVNPS/ , and the VNPS web page, https://vnps.org/jefferson/  .

VIRGINIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
Communities Shaped by Water” – Friends of Dyke Marsh Program [via ZOOM] Tuesday, November 10
7:30 – 9:00 PM

Water is essential for life. Plants are composed mostly of water, which also defines reproductive strategies and vegetative community composition.

Join Charles Smith to explore how these issues are expressed in natural communities in our region and how changes in land use and climate affect the health and future of our ecosystems. A native Arlingtonian, Charles is a naturalist and ecologist with 28 years of experience in natural resource and wildlife inventory, planning, management and monitoring. He is currently Fairfax County’s Stormwater Planning Division branch chief, focusing on stream and natural area restoration.

This meeting will be online using the Zoom platform and requires advance registration. To sign up, please email info@fodm.org and put “November 10 Program” in the subject line and your name in the body of the email. We will confirm your registration and send you instructions for joining the meeting. For more information on the event, see this link.

CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA TREE STEWARDS (CATS)
“Trees and Wildlife” class via Zoom
Thursday, November 12
7:00-8:30 PM

This FREE class will be presented by Kathy Nepote.  Registration is required. If you are already on the CATS mailing list, you will receive the invitation to register. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for notification of these classes and other CATS events please write to communications@cvilleareatreestewards.org. Please see this link for recommended readings.

ECOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE ALLIANCE (ELA)
VIRTUAL CLASSES/WEBINARS/CONFERENCES

Topics for November:
Climate Change and Native Plants
A Stick in the Spokes – Meaningful Interventions in Landscape Systems
Regenerative Solutions for Resilient Landscapes
Deer-Resistant Native Groundcovers
The Challenge and Complexities of Ecological Gardens – A 5-year Journal of Discoveries
Evaluating Soil Health

Topics for December:
All-Day ELA Ecological Plant Conference 2020
What’s Growing on at Monticello?
Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World

Please see this link for information on classes, fees, and to register.

THE NATURE FOUNDATION AT WINTERGREEN
Hike with a Foundation Naturalist

Join a Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike and explore Wintergreen’s natural environment! These hikes are rated moderate to strenuous. Meet at Trillium House parking lot. Registration and payment due before event. Due to COVID- 19, we are following the state’s restrictions. See this link for information about the different types of hikes available, and to register.

The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen Greenhouse

Native wildflowers and shrubs are available for sale by appointment only, until about mid-November.  Customers will be given a date and time to pick up their plants. There are about 1,500 mature native shrubs in 3-5 gallon pots in inventory. Shrubs are grown from 2” cuttings of local ecotypes. There is also a good selection of local ecotype wildflowers. For more information, and a list of plants, see this link. Please contact Doug Coleman, director@twnf.org for information on plant availability; orders will be accepted at this email as well.

BLUE RIDGE ECO FAIR VIRTUAL EVENT
Saturday, November 14, 11:00 AM to
Sunday, November 15, 6:00 PM

Hosted by SustainFloyd, this two-day virtual event will share a series of live and prerecorded presentations and online discussions that will include speakers, virtual tours, panel discussions, skill shares, and a vendor EXPO for related products. This year ‘s program will focus on strategies for energy conservation, sustainable agriculture, environmental protection, and simple living. There will be practical information and resources for householders and “big picture” presentations.

Contact us with your questions at support@blueridgeecofair.com
Register at https://hopin.to/events/blue-ridge-eco-fair

JEFFERSON’S MONTICELLO ANNUAL WREATH EVENT — NOW VIRTUAL!
Handmade for the Holidays: Décor for Your Door
Saturday, December 5
1:00 PM EST

The now virtual workshop will again be led by veteran Monticello Guide and Floral Designer, Lou Hatch, who is responsible for the design and installation of Monticello’s holiday decorations. This year’s event adds exciting elements to the program, including guided instruction on three different styles of wreaths: Traditional, Natural, and Modern. During the class, Hatch will walk you through the creation of a beautiful door decoration that will last throughout the season. See this link for information and to register. Fee is $25.

NDAL – NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE
Founded in 1990 by Larry Weaner
An Educational Series Dedicated to the Art and Science of Natural Landscape Design

See this link for information on upcoming VIRTUAL educational programs dedicated to ecological landscape design. Developed for both professional landscape designers and nonprofessionals, and varying in length from 90-minute short courses to multiple days, these programs focus on innovative theory, practical application, and an expansive vision of “Natural Design.”

VIRGINIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION VIDEO LIBRARY

VCE offers a variety of videos on topics geared to both beginner and more advanced gardeners. Examples of topics include:

Succulent Propagation and Care
Downy Mildew on Basil
Pressure Canning
Cedar Apple Rust

For these and many more videos that address specific topics or those of more general interest, see this link.

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