Upcoming Events July 2021
IVY CREEK NATURAL AREA AND THE JEFFERSON CHAPTER, VIRGINIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
IVY CREEK NATURAL AREA
1780 Earlysville Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22903Saturday, July 10
Ruth Douglas will lead this wildflower walk, with a focus on the Peninsula Trail. Wildflowers that are usually in bloom there in mid-summer include: false foxglove, St. John’s wort, swamp rose-mallow (a spectacular shrub in the Hibiscus genus), and pickerelweed (listed as rare in the Inner Piedmont where we are). If there is time, on the way back from the Peninsula Trail we will stop briefly at the Martin’s Branch delta off the red trail to view plants that grow in that moist area. All participants who are not vaccinated are asked to wear a mask. In addition, the walk will be limited to 20 people, and reservations are required. Because of paving work, meet at the west end of the parking lot in the island area.
To reserve a spot, send an email to Jeffersonvnpsfieldtrips@gmail.com with your name and email address.
OPEN TO VISITORS
650 Sandy Bottom Rd.
Near Elkton, Virginia 22827 (Adjacent to Shenandoah National Park)
Phone: (540) 298–8684
This three-season, breathtakingly beautiful garden stretches over 2 acres, and is open to the public free of charge. The garden owners, Inanna and Gabriel Garretson, ask that you call or email before visiting unless you plan on attending one of the OPEN days where everyone is invited without appointment. The next open days are 10/10 and 10/17. Please see this LINK for more information and to see recent photos of what’s in bloom. This garden is amazing!
VIRGINIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
STATE AND CHAPTER EVENTS
See this LINK for a listing of both virtual and in-person June events hosted by different state and chapters of the VNPS.
BLUE RIDGE PRISM (PARTNERSHIP FOR INVASIVE REGIONAL SPECIES MANAGEMENT)
INVASIVE PLANT WORKSHOPS: IDENTIFICATION AND CONTROL
WORKSHOPS VIA ZOOM
See this LINK for general information on PRISM, research updates, invasive plant factsheets, and more.
Free Quarterly Event on Zoom
July 21 – Invasive Warm Season Grasses – REGISTER
October 21 – to be announced
CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA TREE STEWARDS
FREE CLASS VIA ZOOM
“Restoring the American Chestnut”
Tuesday, July 20
7:00-8:30 PM – REGISTER
The virtual class is free, but registration is required. After you register, you will receive an email with a Zoom link a few days before the class.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A TREE STEWARD VOLUNTEER? REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE FALL SESSION
See this LINK for more information and to register. COVID permitting, training to become a Tree Steward will proceed with a combination of online and live classes beginning August 3rd and ending November 13th.
NDAL – NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE
HOME GARDENER VIRTUAL SERIES
“BROADENING OUR LANDSCAPE VISION: ECOLOGY, CULTURE, AND ART”
“Organic Landscaping: A Different Way of Thinking”
Monday, July 19
1:00 – 2:30 PM
For more information and to REGISTER.
Organic landscaping entails more than switching from conventional to organic products. It compels a new mindset that recognizes fundamental change in the ways we think about landscape, and is long overdue. We will explore the deeper origins of “organic thinking” and how it has enabled the 21st Century landscape to be born.
“Native Meadows: Let’s Get Real”
Thursday, August 12
1:00 –2:30 PM
For more information and to REGISTER
Wildflower meadows were introduced to the American gardening public in the 1960’s along with tie dye tee shirts and kaleidoscopic acid trips. But just like those 60’s acid trips, the colors never lasted. Alternatively, by planting site-adapted native perennials, managed according to the ecological processes that govern open field vegetation in the wild, long-lived vibrant meadows can be consistently achieved. In this presentation plant selection criteria, planting procedures, and management techniques will be illustrated through a series of residential case studies, including some over two decades old.
THE NATURE FOUNDATION AT WINTERGREEN
3421 Wintergreen Drive, Roseland, VA 22967
July Guided Hikes
For information on guided hikes, difficulty ratings, and to register, please see this LINK to the July/August calendar.
NATIVE PLANTS FOR SALE AT THE NATURE FOUNDATION AT WINTERGREEN GREENHOUSE
725 Beech Grove Road, Roseland, VA 22967
The Greenhouse is closed Sunday and Monday; hours vary from Tuesday-Saturday. See this LINK for more information and to see a listing of native plants available for purchase. Plants can also be ordered online and picked up at an arranged time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
MT. CUBA CENTER
VIRTUAL CLASSES, JUNE-AUGUST
“Native Annuals: An Underutilized Resource”
Wednesday, July 14, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
“Instant Rain Garden”
Saturday, August 7, 10:30 – 12:00 PM
For more information and to REGISTER, see this LINK.
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 is now open to the public, see this LINK for info. See this LINK for information on Mt. Cuba’s world-famous trial garden and study results.
BROOKSIDE GARDENS, MONTGOMERY PARKS, MD
FREE VIRTUAL CLASSES
“A New Garden Ethic”
Saturday, July 10
10:00 – 11:30 AM
In a time of mass extinction and climate change, how and for whom we garden matters more than ever. Our built landscapes reflect social ethics and values that guide our response to reviving wildness in and outside the urban environment. How can we recognize and develop compassion for other species? What role do native plants have in opening us to the perspective of others?
Registration required. See this LINK to learn more and to REGISTER.
MONARCH JOINT VENTURE
THE 2021 MONARCH CONSERVATION WEBINAR SERIES
4th Tuesday of the Month *
2:00 PM EST
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 EST. Each webinar will be recorded and for later viewing as well. Check on the session title to register.
Future Webinar Titles:
- July 27th – Aligning Mosquito Control with Pollinator Protection
- August 24th – Conserving Grasslands for Birds and Monarchs
- September 28th – Protecting and Restoring California’s Overwintering Groves
- October 26th – Recovery of the Monarch Butterfly: Federal and State Legislation that can Provide Hope for this Iconic Animal
- November 16th – The Monarch Butterfly Fund – Supporting Monarch Conservation in Mexico
- December 21st – Eco-literacy and Conservation: The Convergence of Research, Policy and Education
* 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.
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:
Vegetable Grafting for Home Gardens
Plant Disease Clinic: IDs and Diagnoses
Weed Identification: IDs and Diagnoses
Basic Entomology and Insect ID Lab
Soil Testing Lab: IDs and Diagnoses
For these and many more videos that address specific topics or those of more general interest, see this LINK.