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Next Member Meeting, Monday October 19

9:00 a.m. Department of Forestry. Speaker Chris Bolgiano, an award-winning freelance nature writer who has written or edited six books on wildlife and forests. Her topic is “An Appalachian Journey: from wilderness to Wilderness.” After the talk, join an outing to nearby Foxhaven Farm, which was featured during Historic Garden Week in April.

Fall Tree Sale – Saturday October 10th

September 26, 2015

2015 tree sale prepThroughout the year tree stewards have been working hard to raise trees for the Fall Tree Sale. Come early to Charlottesville’s City Market on Saturday, October 10th to get the best selection.

We have mostly native trees and shrubs, suitable for a variety of growing conditions, and priced between $5.00 and $10.00. They are young trees that will transplant easily and successfully. Remember, fall is the best time to plant trees!  

Click HERE to see all the available varieties.

Field Trip to Bremo Trees

September 26, 2015

Bremo barnOn a very rainy morning last Monday, over twenty Tree Stewards enjoyed a presentation and tour at Bremo Trees.

Manager Ed Yates and Assistant Manager, Justin Kilmon gave excellent presentations on both the tree nursery and the history of the estate. We were fortunate to meet in the nursery office, which is a huge stone barn built in 1815. This shielded us from the rain and helped dispel any disappointment at not being able to take a hay ride to the main nursery. Read more…

Tree Basics: Pruning

September 13, 2015

Pruning picThe next “Tree Basics for Homeowners” class will concentrate on the important subject of Pruning. Come to Crozet Library on Friday morning, October 9th and learn how to prune your trees!

This free class will run from 10:00 am till noon. It will cover pruning principles as well as tools, and there will be a demonstration on trees in the library parking lot.

Registration recommended. Call (434) 974-7683.

Tree Basics for Homeowners: Pruning flyer

Do you want to become a tree steward?

August 27, 2015

Sojourner-elmDo you want to learn more about tree identification and tree care?

Registration is now open for the popular Charlottesville Area Tree Steward training class.  Classes for the Fall 2015 training class will be held on Tuesday or Saturday mornings from October 6 to December 8 at the Virginia Department of Forestry, Fontaine Research Park, in Charlottesville and Ivy Creek Natural Area.  There will be a field trip to Montpelier’s Old Growth Forest.  See complete schedule. Tuition is $95.00 and includes all books and materials.

For further information and to register, go to (Community Education classes/Home and Garden) or call (434) 975-9450.   Payment is due by September 22.

2015 Waynesboro Tree Workshop

August 19, 2015

465d988a-5c62-4eb8-bb91-936ee30e8580[1]Every year the tree stewards look forward to the Waynesboro Tree Workshop. This year it will be held on Friday, September 18th at the Best Western Inn and Conference Center, just off I-64, Exit 94.

The early bird rate for tree stewards, master gardeners, and other students is just $55. After August 28th, however, everyone will be charged $100.

Click on Workshop Website to see the list of speakers, as well as registration details. The popular Joe Murray will be speaking about Trees and Turf: An Antagonistic Relationship in the morning, and Lichens 101 in the afternoon at Ridgeview Park. Lunch is included.

Emerald Ash Borer video

August 8, 2015

Emerald Ash Borer videoTree Steward Jacki Vawter was interviewed by CBS19 News recently in connection with a story on the imminent arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer. The interview took place under the large “landmark” ash behind the Albemarle County Historical Society. Adam Downing, Virginia Cooperative Extension Forester, and Doug Ehman, Parks Division Manager for the city of Charlottesville, also spoke.

Click on the picture to see the video and read the transcript of their conversation.

Tree Basics Class: Wednesday September 2

August 3, 2015

Tree Basics logo B&WCharlottesville Tree Stewards are offering the popular “Tree Basics for Homeowners” class: 10:00 am at the new Northside Library (705 West Rio Road), Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

The FREE two-hour class covers selecting, planting and caring for trees–as well as free books and a tree planting demonstration.

See FLYER for details. Registration recommended.  Call 974-7683