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  • September 2019-Vol.5, No.9
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Celebrate the Piedmont Master Gardeners’ 30th Anniversary Event
“The Future of Our Landscapes in a Changing Environment”
Sunday, September 8

Paramount Theater, Charlottesville

3:00 p.m., Exhibitor tables, poster contest, and concessions
4:00 – 6:30 p.m., Program and Q/A Panel

The Piedmont Master Gardeners and Virginia Cooperative Extension celebrate a milestone — 30 years of volunteering, educating and working within the community. How can this work continue in a meaningful way?  One way is to explore how local individuals and groups can mitigate climate change. Learn about global environmental trends and wide-ranging impacts in a narrated National Geographic photojourney.  Adult tickets $10; ages 18 and under FREE. Purchase tickets at www.theparamount.net or 434-979-1333, M-F 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tree Basics Class: Restoring the American Chestnut
Hosted by Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Northside Library, 705 West Rio Road, Charlottesville

Tom Wild of the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards presents a fascinating look at the rise and decline of the American Chestnut. Once dominant in the Appalachian region and vital for wildlife and humans alike, in the early 1900s it was struck with a blight and the species is now considered functionally extinct in the wild. Over the years numerous groups have made efforts to restore the tree to the wild. We will review the current techniques and progress being made. No advance registration is required for this free event.

The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen
Saturday Morning Guided Hikes

3421 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA 22967
Check the September schedule for dates and start times; note that start times vary.

Join a Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike and explore Wintergreen’s natural environment! These hikes are rated moderate. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Hikes are free for members; $8 for nonmembers. Space is limited; registration is required. Phone: 434-325-8169 Email: info@twnf.org

The Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Saturday, September 14

Join The Nature Foundation staff and Dr. Ashley Peele for a trip to Rockfish Gap, famed location for thousands of migrating hawks. Dr. Peele will discuss the identification of hawks in flight during the hawk migration season in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Registration is required; $8 for members, $10 nonmembers.

Through the Garden Gate – Amy Lewis’s Garden
Hosted by Rivanna Garden Club
Saturday, September 14
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
7195 Free Union Rd., Free Union

Amy and her husband, Reid Humphries, bought their 11½ acre parcel in 2008. In March 2010, they moved into their “empty nester” house and began to develop the property. Hitting rock denied them a basement but provided a vast amount of stone that was used to build several stone walls.

Above the 82’ long stone wall is a small orchard, vegetable garden, chicken house and barn, all built by Reid. Below the house, large existing boulders were incorporated into another stone wall that provides the perfect backdrop for a mixed perennial and shrub border.

Further down is a dry stream bed where ferns, bulbs, Virginia bluebells and woodland phlox have naturalized. Above the stream bed is a steep hillside garden stabilized using native shrubs, grasses and perennials. Meander on hillside paths that lead to a 3 ½ acre meadow, now in its sixth season. A challenge to establish, the meadow has been the most fulfilling garden on the property. Paths mowed through the meadow make for a magical place to wander while enjoying the diversity of birds, butterflies, bees and the extraordinary mountain views.  Admission is $5 at the door. Download a pdf of the 2019_TTGG_brochure

“Bees, Trees & Clean Water”
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Saturday, September 14
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rockfish Valley Community Center
190 Rockfish School Lane
Afton, VA 22920

This program will feature speakers on topics from how to attract native bees (not all sting!), tree and shrub selection, cost-share funding for your landscape choices, and promoting soil building. After the speakers, there will be a brief afternoon guided tour of turf-to-native meadow conversion.
Register now by visiting cbf.org/Bees. The $10 registration fee includes lunch and a copy of Piedmont Native Plants Guide.

Field Trip to Preddy Creek Park
Jefferson Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society
Saturday, September 14

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
143690Burnley Station Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911

Join us field trip led by Tim Williams to explore the meadow at Preddy Creek Park. Mid-September is a prime time for late summer and fall sun-loving wildflowers. With luck we will find Maryland golden asters (Chrysopsis mariana), tall tickseed (Coreopsis tripteris), several types of goldenrod including showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa), several bonesets and thoroughworts(Eupatorium spp.), and much more.  Open to the public. Meet at the main parking lot.

Directions: Route 29 North, 4 miles beyond Airport Road turn right on Burnley Station Road, travel 2.6 miles and park entrance is on the left.  (Note, the sign is not easy to see coming from Rt. 29 until you are at the entrance.)

Piedmont Master Gardeners Garden Basics Workshops – “Shrubs for the Home Landscape”
Saturday, September 21
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1118 Preston Avenue
Charlottesville, 22903 + Google Map

Find out how to beautify your home, solve common landscape problems and provide habitat for birds and pollinators by selecting the appropriate shrubs. Free; preregistration is encouraged. To register, send your name to info@piedmontmastergardeners.org

Annual Heritage Harvest Festival
Saturday, September 21
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy
Charlottesville, VA 22902

At the heart of the Heritage Harvest Festival are educational programs on seed-saving, botanical medicine, heirloom varieties, sustainable agriculture, organic gardening, edible landscaping, regional cookery, and other aspects of sustainable living. Interpretive tours of the restored Monticello garden, plus specialty tours on natural history and native plants, will take place every hour. Monticello will come alive with cooking programs highlighting the little mountain’s cross-cultural legacy.

Adults $26.95, Children (5-11) $10, Under 5 Free
http://www.heritageharvestfestival.com

Native Plant Walk
Co-sponsored by Jefferson Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society and Ivy Creek Foundation
Saturday, September 21
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Ivy Creek Natural Area
1780 Earlysville Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Join Phil Stokes to see the fall blooming goldenrods and asters as well as the showy fruits of spicebush and Jack-in-the pulpit. We may also see chinquapin and hazelnut fruits. Meet by the kiosk near the parking lot. Free and open to the public.

Virginia Native Plant Society 2019 Annual Meeting
“Celebrate the Diversity of the Piedmont”
September 27-29
Holiday Inn & Suites Blue Ridge Shadows
11 Hospitality Drive
Front Royal, VA  22630

Experts passionate about understanding our natural world will guide the walks. They will also lead art classes and photography workshops and give presentations on such topics as edible plants, nectar plants, and propagation.

Learn more about and register for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Front Royal September 27-29.

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