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  • By Susan Martin
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  • May 2019-Vol.5 No.5
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Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting: Tom Saielli on Status of American Chestnuts

Wednesday, May 8th, 7:30 p.m.
Education Building, Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville

As the Regional Science Coordinator for the American Chestnut Foundation, Tom Saielli oversees the Foundation’s research orchards and planting teams in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Kentucky from his office in Charlottesville. Tom will give an update on efforts to develop and return a blight-resistant, primarily native American Chestnut to forests in this region. All are welcome, as always.

Through The Garden Gate: Waterperry Farm

Saturday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Waterperry Farm, 4284 Ballard’s Mill Rd.
Free Union, VA + Google Map

Take this opportunity to tour a local garden.  Named after a pioneering English horticultural college for women, Waterperry Farm is an ongoing work of extensive landscaping. Once a gentleman’s farm called Braeburn, with pasture pretty much in all directions, it was clear it needed more trees and a garden. Twenty-eight years and countless plantings later, the gardens contain enough species to qualify us (were we public) as a Level II Arboretum!

For more information, download a pdf of the 2019_TTGG_brochure. Admission is $5

Garden Basics: Roses Are Red, Yellow or Pink

Saturday, May 11, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The Center, 491 Hillsdale Drive, Charlottesville
There is no charge for attendance, but registration is required. Send your name to: info@piedmontmastergardeners.org

The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen Hike

Saturday, May 11
Saturday, May 25
Saturday, June 1
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
3421 Wintergreen Dr., Roseland, VA
Phone: 434-325-8169; Email: info@twnf.org

Join a Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike. Explore Wintergreen’s natural environment! These hikes are rated moderate. Nonmember fee is $8, no fee for members. Meet at the Nature Foundation. Register at: https://www.twnf.org/nature-events/

Blue Ridge PRISM
Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management

Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Albemarle High School, Charlottesville
Class fee: $20. Register at https://www.blueridgeprism.org/

Using both classroom and outdoor instruction (weather permitting), this session will cover invasive plant identification and present the best spring-time and summer-time practices for each invasive. There will also be an opportunity to identify plants, so bring samples of your mystery plants!

The Wildflower Symposium

Friday, May 17, 3:00  p.m. – Sunday, May 19, 3:00 p.m.
The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen
Phone: 434-325-8169

The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen presents this wonderful celebration of the Blue Ridge in all its springtime glory. Workshops, wildflower walks and hikes, lectures, hands-on demonstrations, native plant sale, and more! Click here for more information – Wildflower Symposium brochure 2019.

Wine and Roses Open House at Tufton Farm

Saturday May 18, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, 1293 Tufton Farm, Charlottesville

Savor the sights and scents of antique roses in peak bloom as you enjoy meeting with the “Father of Virginia Wine,” Gabriele Rausse, as he hosts a tasting of his esteemed local wines from 12:00-2:00 p.m.  Attend an outdoor lecture on how to care for antique and modern roses, and then tour the antique rose garden. A wide selection of historic plants, including antique roses, will be for sale. No fee to attend.

Virginia Native Plant Society
Native Plant Walk 

Saturday, May 18th, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville

Join Mary Lee Epps to seek out late spring native wildflowers. What we find will depend on how warm the spring is, but we’re likely to see Jack-in-the-pulpit, green-and-gold, the well-hidden blooms of heart-leaf ginger, and more. Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot. Free! All are welcome.

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