Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

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  • April 2021-Vol.7, No.4
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PIEDMONT MASTER GARDENERS GREEN ELEPHANT SALE
402 ALBEMARLE SQUARE, CHARLOTTESVILLE
SATURDAY, APRIL 17
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Green Elephant Sale Photo: Ruth Iwano

The Piedmont Master Gardeners spring Green Elephant Sale is around the corner and YOU’RE INVITED! You will find a staggering variety of items to create and maintain your garden:  decorative pots, books, hand tools, long-handled tools, decor, lawn mowers, plant supports, bird houses and feeders, soaker hoses, sprinklers, leaf shredder, a vermiculture bin, and much more.  These donated items have been lovingly used and now are greatly reduced in price. Masks are required; COVID spacing protocols are in place so that you can browse and enjoy in-person shopping!

ADD TO THE FUN! DONATE ITEMS YOU NO LONGER NEED. If you have GARDEN-RELATED items you’d like to donate, the Green Elephant team is happy to accept them. Look for the yellow Piedmont Master Gardeners banner in the window of 402 Albemarle Square; the Green Elephant volunteers will help unload your vehicle.

Donations accepted on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10 AM – Noon
Extra day for last-minute donors on Friday, April 16th, 10 AM – Noon

QUESTIONS can be sent to: greenelephant@piedmontmastergardeners.org

 

PIEDMONT MASTER GARDENERS
VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM AND FREE
Garden Basics Workshop: “Herb Gardening – History & Design”
Saturday, April 17
2:00 – 3:30 PM

Learn about the history of herb gardens and how to design your own. Fill out our registration form by 5:00 PM April 12 to attend this Garden Basics workshop. An invitation for this Zoom presentation will be sent to your email address on the morning of April 17.

May Virtual Garden Basics Workshop:

“Tomatoes & Tomato Diseases”
Saturday, May 15
2:00 pm – 3:30 PM

Although these workshops are free, registration is required. See this LINK for more information and to register.

VIRGINIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
STATE AND CHAPTER EVENTS

See this LINK for a listing of virtual April events and in-person walks hosted by different state and chapters of the VNPS.

BLUE RIDGE PRISM (PARTNERSHIP FOR INVASIVE REGIONAL SPECIES MANAGEMENT)
FREE VIRTUAL QUARTERLY EVENT
Wednesday, April 21
1:00 – 4:00 PM EDT

Virtual Research Updates:

Drones to Map Invasives
Biocontrols
PRISM Updates including Noxious Weeds Submissions

REGISTER for this FREE event.

GROW NATIVE SERIES – VIRTUAL
THE PLANT VIRGINIA NATIVES PARTNERSHIP*
ALSO SPONSORED AND HOSTED BY LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN AND BLUE RIDGE PRISM
SIX LECTURES, FRIDAY, MARCH 5 – TUESDAY, MAY 4
6:30 – 8:00  PM

Although this series has started, registrations are still being accepted. Learn about why and how to use native Virginia plants to your landscape in this series offered by the Plant Virginia Natives partnership. $10 covers the entire series. Attend each program or pick and choose your topics. These lectures will be on Tuesday evenings. See this LINK for more information and to register. Look for information on another series to be offered this fall to help you continue your efforts and prepare for the winter.

*The Plant Virginia Natives Landscaping with Natives webinar series is coordinated and funded, in part, by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program through grants from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

“FORGOTTEN USES OF AMERICAN FLORA”
ZOOM PRESENTATION WITH JUSTIN FORNAL
Presented by Lewis Ginter botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Tuesday, April 27, 7:00-8:30 pm

Gear up for a botanical journey through North America as we explore the illustrious history of overlooked plants. Justin Fornal will identify commonly-seen roadside weeds that were once used in Native American Ceremonial rituals. He will discuss the processes used to create birch sap wine, mojo bags, resin-based adhesives, medicinal salves, colonial-era tinctures, and various plant-based textile dyes. See this LINK to register.

LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN
VIRTUAL GARDEN TOUR
“Springtime in the Garden”
Thursday, April 8
1:30 – 2:15 PM

In early March, spring creeps in. By April, daffodils, tulips and bluebells color the ground while viburnum and redbuds paint the canopy above. The blazing colors of rhododendrons and azaleas fill the space between. With the warming May weather, peonies, iris and roses emerge. Learn what makes “A Million Blooms” possible in our formally designed Central Garden beds and in our naturalized areas filled with perennials.

This is an online virtual tour via Zoom. See this LINK to register.

NOTE: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is open for visitors Wednesday through Sunday but tickets must be purchased online in advance. See this LINK for more information on visiting.

MT. CUBA CENTER VIRTUAL LECTURE SERIES

Twilight Garden Series: “Getting Started With Native Plants”
Instructor: Nancy Bell
6:00 – 7:30 PM

Register for one class, or for all three in the series:

May 12: Trees
May 19: Shrubs
May 26: Perennials

“Nature’s Best Hope”
Instructor: Doug Tallamy
Thursday, May 13
6:00 – 7:30 PM

See this LINK for more information on these lectures and others, and to register.

Mt. Cuba Center is a non-profit botanical garden located in Hockessin, Delaware near Wilmington. Its woodland gardens produce some of the most spectacular displays of wildflowers in the mid-Atlantic region. The botanical garden will reopen to the public on April 1. See this LINK for information on Mt. Cuba’s world-famous trial garden and study results.

ECOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE ALLIANCE (“ELA”)
WEDNESDAY WALKS IN THE GARDEN
FREE WEBINAR SERIES
12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

ELA is pleased to announce a second season of FREE online garden presentations covering a wide range of gardening topics to offer plant tips, gardening guidance, humor, and inspiration. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

See the highlighted session title links for more information and to register.

Proper Landscaping Planting: Are We Landscaping in a Deficit Model?
Wednesday, April 7
Maximizing Space in the Garden: Creating More of a Good Thing
Wednesday, April 14
Creating Community with Our Insect Neighbors
Wednesday, April 21
Going Underground: Unearthing the Role of Soil Organisms in Plant Health
Wednesday, April 28
Beauty and Biodiversity at Cornell’s Mundy Wildflower Garden
Wednesday, May 5
The Journey of Edible Landscapes
Wednesday, May 12
Native Plants for Bird Friendly Communities
Wednesday, June 9
Fundamentals of Garden Layers
Wednesday, June 16

CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA TREE STEWARDS
FREE Classes via ZOOM Announced for first half of 2021

“Tree Identification by Season: Spring
Tuesday evening, April 13
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Register here

These virtual classes are free, but if you would like to attend, we ask that you register. After you register, you will receive an email with a Zoom link a few days before the class.

ADDITIONAL CLASSES

Identify and Control Non-Native Invasive Plants,” Sunday, May 23, 2:00-4:00 PM
“Identify Trees in Summer,” Tuesday, June 15, 7:00-8:30 PM

See this LINK for information on when class registration begins.

WILD VIRGINIA FREE VIRTUAL EVENT
“MONARCH BUTTERFLIES: BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY & CONSERVATION”
Monday, April 19
7:00 PM EDT

Wild Virginia is hosting an event with acclaimed scientist and current director of the Virginia Master Naturalist program, Michelle Prysby, who will describe the amazing biology and ecology of monarchs.  We will then we will talk about at least five projects (the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, Journey North, Monarch Watch, Project Monarch Health, and the Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program), what each project requires, and how you can be involved with one or all of them! Want to sign up? Click this LINK to register!

MONARCH JOINT VENTURE
The 2021 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series
4th Tuesday of the Month *
2:00 PM EST

April 27th – Western Butterflies: An Overview of Threats and Population Trajectories

The Monarch Joint Venture is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center to put on another year full of informative and inspiring webinars on all things monarch. Webinars will be held live on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 2 PM ET. Each webinar will be recorded and for later viewing as well. Check on the session title to register.

Future Webinar Titles:

* The November and December dates have been moved to avoid conflicting with major holidays. Please note this list is subject to change. Their EVENTS PAGE will have the most up to date information on the webinar series, as well as a calendar of additional monarch-related events, and information on recordings of past webinars.

THE NATURE FOUNDATION AT WINTERGREEN
April Guided Hikes

For information on guided hikes, difficulty ratings, and to register, please see this LINK to the April-June calendar.

NATIVE PLANTS FOR SALE AT THE NATURE FOUNDATION AT WINTERGREEN GREENHOUSE
725 Beech Grove Road, Roseland, VA 22967
Opening Saturday, April 3
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Call 434-325-7452 for more information, or Email: info@twnf.org. Most plants will be outside with limited access to space inside the greenhouse. Masks and social distancing are required. Call ahead for mid-week appointments after April 3. See this LINK for directions.

Spring Wildflower Symposium
Friday, May 14 – 17

Save the Date! Our virtual Spring Wildflower Symposium will kick off Friday, May 14 with Director Doug Coleman’s introduction of the speakers, this year’s theme, and a tribute to Mr. Jay Shaner, a devoted wildflower enthusiast. It is our hope to offer participants a way to get into nature, whether it is in person with us or the comfort from home. Stay tuned for presenter line up and schedule of events. Check this LINK for more information as it becomes available.

VIRGINIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION (VCE) VIDEO LIBRARY

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

Weed Identification
Basic Entomology and Insect Identification
Soil Testing Lab
Tree Risk Assessment

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

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