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Plants and Wildlife in Charlottesville

Would you like to become a Virginia Master Naturalist?

December 18, 2014

The Rivanna Chapter of The Virginia Master Naturalists training program will begin February 10, 2015. If you have a desire to help protect our local environment through volunteer services this maybe for you. Information sessions will be held January 6th and 11th at the Ivy Creek Natural Area Education Building . The Deadline to register […]

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Avoid Car-Deer Collisions

October 3, 2014

There you are, rumbling along the highway, lost in thoughts…. when… BAM.  Your whole life can change.  Yes, we’re talking about the suicidal deer that’s been waiting for you to come along. It’s not something to be taken lightly though.  Deer/car collisions claim many lives and cause injuries to humans and the deer.  Not to mention […]

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Strawberry Time

May 17, 2014

There are certain foods that almost require an announcement when they arrive fully ripe and “in season”.    Heralding trumpets. Strawberries are near the top of that list.  Sure we can get berries year-round from lots of sources but nothing compares to a fresh locally grown strawberry (preferably still warm from the field). Well, here’s your […]

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Choose and Cut Virginia Christmas Trees

December 5, 2013

He wants Scotch. She wants Norway. Before you judge too quickly, their conversation could likely be about which kind of Christmas tree to select.  Different varieties feel different to the touch, hold up indoors in different ways, cost different amounts, and have different fragrances. In our state of Virginia, a consumer always can locate fresh Christmas trees by […]

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Native Plants and Wildlife in Central VA

November 8, 2013

Do you know why it’s a good idea to plant local species?  Would you know where to find plants or wildlife information that is specifically “local”?   How about locating a goat or a beehive or a wildlife rescue center? Here’s a handy resource from the Piedmont Environmental Council about plants and wildlife that are native […]

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Edible Forest Gardening Workshop

October 17, 2013

October 25-27, 2013 Fiddlehead Farm White Hall, VA The Blue Ridge Permaculture Network is hosting a weekend long Edible Forest Gardening workshop. The workshop will include an overview of edible forest gardening, permaculture design and profiles of polyculture plants. To download the registration form and for more information please visit the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network […]

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Virginia Dahlia Festival Coming Up

September 14, 2013

Are you a fan of dahlias?  Are you a fan of Irish folk music or BBQ?   If so, lucky you. Next week (on September 21-22), the Virginia Dahlia Festival will take place at Wollam Gardens in Jeffersonton VA.   For those not familiar with Virginia, it’s located between Culpeper and Warrenton. They say you’ll be able […]

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Virginia Butterflies

August 24, 2013

It’s the season.  We see them everywhere.  This year it seems that our butterflies in Virginia are especially plentiful right now, and local botanists and horticulturalists have confirmed that impression.    Apparently our cool spring weather slowed down the butterfly period of egg-laying, and now they are catching up in their lifecycle …. though at a […]

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The Heritage Harvest Festival

August 23, 2013

September 7, 2013 9:00Am to 6:30PM Monticello’s West Lawn Charlottesville, VA This is the 7th annual Heritage Harvest Festival with workshops and lectures, chef demonstrations, a tasting tent, seed swaps and more! Pre-view festivities start September 6, 2013. For tickets and schedule of events please visit The Heritage Harvest Festival website.

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Virginia Native Plant Society Annual Meeting

August 12, 2013

September 13-15, 2013 Best Western Plus Cville Airport Inn & Suites 5920 Seminole Trail Ruckersville, VA You are invited to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Virginia Native Plant Society by the Jefferson Chapter. Join them to explore the botanical diversity of the Charlottesville area. Some of the Field trips will include historical sites, the […]

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