Sunday, July 7, 1:00-6:00 p.m.
650 Sandy Bottom Road near Elkton Virginia, adjacent to Shenandoah National Park
Phone: (540) 298–8684
Heartflame Garden is a private garden and the home of Inanna and Gabriel Garretson. It is a very special 3-season display garden with about 1.5 acres of cultivated gardens and another 5 acres of rolling hills and streams to explore. This is a wonderful time to see the garden on an open-to-the-public day. For more info, see Heartflame Garden.
Through The Garden Gate: Anja’s Native Garden
Saturday, July 13, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
105 Christa Court, Charlottesville
Anja’s goal has been to use native plants as much as possible and to manage the property using sustainable gardening practices. Several years ago, this .2-acre city property became a Certified Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation.
Hosted by the Piedmont Master Gardeners. For more information, download a pdf of the 2019_TTGG_brochure. Admission is $5.
Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards Tree Walk: Darden Towe Park
Saturday, July 13, 9:30 – 10-30 a.m.
1445 Darden Towe Park Road, Charlottesville
Tree Stewards Kathy Nepote and Allen Ingling will lead this new walk. In a corner of Darden Towe Park and around the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center is a treasure trove of trees. Highlights include a wide range of native riparian trees, conifers, numerous ash trees exhibiting the progressive devastation of the emerald ash borer, a tulip tree grown from a seed of one of Thomas Jefferson’s, and osage orange trees said to be 200 years old. Come join us! The class is free but registration is required (click the date link). Limit 25.
Terrain: The walk is an easy circuit on dirt trails down to and immediately around the Center.
Directions: At the entrance of Darden Towe Park, follow signs directing you to the Exploratory Center. Parking is immediate to the Center and adjacent to the dog park. The parking lot will be the starting point of the walk.
McIntire Botanical Garden Butterfly Walk
Sunday, July 14, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Join Master Naturalist and Tree Steward Nancy Weiss to learn about the great variety of butterflies in Central Virginia. Walkers will assemble at the McIntire Road entrance to the garden near the intersection with the John Warner Parkway and across the street from the Charlottesville High School stadium. REGISTER at mcintirebotanical garden.org/
Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards Tree Basics Class: Trees and Wildlife
Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Crozet Library, 2020 Library Ave.
Are trees important for wildlife? Yes, very. Besides providing a wide variety of habitat, trees are central to a complex food web that includes hard (nuts) and soft (berries) mast, leaves, and insects. All are essential for the survival of our diverse wildlife (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals). Learn also about how vital native plants are to the survival of our native species. This talk by Tree Steward Kathy Nepote will increase your awareness of the importance of trees (both living and dead), the complex nature of plant and wildlife interactions, and also point out visible signs of wildlife in our environment. No advance registration is required for this free event.
Blue Ridge PRISM: Landowner Success Stories
Wednesday, July 17, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Samuels Public Library in Front Royal
330 E. Criser Road
Front Royal, VA
Join Rod Walker, PRISM’s Co-Founder, and Jim Hurley from PRISM Leadership, to hear how they have successfully managed Oriental bittersweet and Japanese stiltgrass on their properties. Featured speaker, Jake Hughes, Exotic Plant Management Biological Science Technician for Shenandoah National Park, will discuss restoration efforts in the Park. See blueridgeprism.org for more information
Piedmont Master Gardeners Garden Basics Class
Weeds and Invasives in the Home Garden
Saturday, July 20, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
1118 Preston Ave., Charlottesville
This class will help you win the “weed war” with advice on weed identification, removal, and prevention. The class is FREE but please REGISTER by sending your name to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact piedmontmastergardners.org., or call 434-872-4583.
Virginia Native Plant Society, Jefferson Chapter
Native Plant Walk
Saturday, July 20, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville
Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot. Free! All are welcome. No registration required.
Saturday, July, 6
Saturday, July 13
Saturday, July 20
Saturday, July 27
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join a Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike. Explore Wintergreen’s natural environment. These hikes are rated moderate. Nonmember fee is $8, members free. Meet at The Nature Foundation.
To register for the hikes and to see a full listing of events, go to: https://www.twnf.org/nature-events/
The Albemarle County Fair
On the Grounds of James Monroe’s Highland
2050 James Monroe Parkway
Thursday, July 25, 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 26, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 27, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Admission is $5, children under 6 FREE.
Stop by the Piedmont Master Gardener Help Desk and educational display!