Upcoming Events

  • By Susan Martin
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  • October 2019-Vol.5 No.10
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Master Gardener Information Meeting
Friday, October 18
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Gordon Avenue Library Meeting Room
201 E Market St., Charlottesville, VA 22902

Master Gardeners are volunteer plant educators of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, who teach our community about vegetable and flower growing, healthy lawns, and sustainable landscapes. If you love plants and would enjoy sharing their amazing qualities with others, you can learn more about being a Master Gardener at this upcoming Info Meeting.

The next training class for becoming a Piedmont Master Gardener (PMG) begins in February 2020. If interested, you’ll need to submit an application between October 1 and December 1, 2019. Application packets are available at the Information Meeting, or by download at the PMG website (under “Volunteer”), or in person at the Virginia Cooperative Extension office on Stagecoach Road. For more information: Phone: 434-872-4580 Email: info@piedmontmastergardeners.org

Piedmont Master Gardeners, Garden Basics Class 
Right Tree, Right Place, Right Function
Saturday, October 19
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
1118 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville, 22903

Find out how to plant trees that beautify the landscape and help the environment for years to come. Learn which trees are best for our area and how to plant and care for them. Preregistration is encouraged. Class is FREE; HOW TO REGISTER:  Send your name and name of class to info@piedmontmastergardeners.org

Master Gardener Information Meeting
Wednesday, October 23
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
5th St. Albemarle County Office Building
1600 5th Street Extension
Charlottesville,.VA 22902

Virginia Native Plant Society Meeting, Jefferson Chapter
Wednesday, October 9
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Ivy Creek Natural Area, Education Building
1780 Earlysville Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Virginia Native Plant Society, Jefferson Chapter, meetings are free and open to the public. This month’s presentation by Steve Kruger, “Medicinal Plants and Other Forest Products,” will be based on Steve’s work using surveys and qualitative interviews to study the Appalachian non-timber forest products, particularly the trade in native medicinal plants.

McIntire Botanical Garden
2nd Annual Community Night
Thursday, October 10
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CitySpace | 100 5th St NE | Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hosted by Jill Trischman-Marks, Executive Director, McIntire Botanical Garden. Experience never before seen images of the garden design. Meet our local design team. Hear news and updates regarding the future of the garden.

Fall Open House: Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants
Saturday, October 12
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Jefferson’s Tufton Farm
1293 Milton Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Fall is the perfect time for planting and the Monticello nursery will have a wide range of trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs for sale; overstock items will be discounted. The Charlottesville Tree Stewards will also be on hand with an additional selection of shrubs and trees for $5 and $10. Enjoy guided garden tours through the beautiful Tufton gardens. Thomas Vernon of Century Farm Orchards, Reidsville, NC, will present “Choosing, Growing, and Cultivating Heirloom Apple Trees.” The Open House is a FREE event; no registration required.

Virginia Native Plant Society, Jefferson Chapter
Ivy Creek Natural Area Native Plant Walk
Saturday, October 12
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville 22903

Join Mary Jane Epps, Assistant Biology Professor at Mary Baldwin University and Jefferson Chapter member, to hunt for mushrooms and other fungi and learn about how they interact with plants and animals to shape the ecology of our forests. Fall is the peak mushroom season in our area so there should be lots to discover. FREE; all are welcome. Meet at the kiosk near the parking lot.

Blue Ridge PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management)
Invasive Plant Workshop
Thursday, October 17
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Albemarle High School
2775 Hydraulic Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

This Open Doors Program (no outdoor element) will cover:

  • How to identify and treat some of the most common and destructive invasive plants in this area
  • Pros and cons of different methods to remove invasive plants
  • What methods can be used in late fall and over the winter
  • Where to obtain various kinds of assistance
  • Discussion of where to source equipment and herbicides
  • Availability of additional training and information

Register Here  (cost $20)

The Central Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Symposium
“Going Native”
Saturday, October 19
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Blue Ridge Community College, Plecker Center
1 College Lane, Weyers Cave, VA 24486

Speakers & Topics:
Doug Tallamy – “A Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening (An old title with a new talk)”
Heather Holm – “What’s the Buzz About Native Bees ”
Ian Caton – “Four Seasons of Native Blooms”
Kevin Conrad – “Conserving Native Ornamental Plants for the Landscape”

Registration includes access to the speaker’s presentations, the vendor area for purchases of gardening items, information tables, lunch, and refreshments. Register here.

The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen
Trees of Distinction
Wednesday, October 23
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
3421 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA 22967

Join Josh Palumbo on a tour through Augusta and Rockingham County as we search for trees of distinction. Our journey will take us to cemeteries, parks, schools, and more in search of state champion trees. Come with us to gaze at the living legends of the Shenandoah Valley.  Bring money for lunch. Register online; space is limited, fees apply.

See the website for information on nature hikes; registration is required and fees apply. For more information: Phone: 434-325-8169 Email: info@twnf.org

Blue Ridge PRISM
Invasive Plant Workshop
Tuesday, October 29
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Rockfish Valley Community Center
190 Rockfish School Lane
Afton, VA 22920

See the information provided for the Blue Ridge Prism Workshop of October 17. There will also be an opportunity to identify plants, so bring samples of your mystery plants for identification. Register here. (cost $25)

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