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May 18 Membership Meeting

Nate Miller, PVCC instructor and specialist in edible and ecologically sensitive landscapes, will speak on "Edible and Native Trees for the Home Landscape". 9:00 a.m. Department of Forestry

Spring Tree Sale this Saturday!

April 27, 2015

Come to the IX Complex (955 2nd Street, off Elliott Avenue) this Saturday, May 2, 9:00 a.m. to noon for the Master Gardener/Tree Steward plant sale.

We have a wide selection of mostly native, young trees and shrubs for a variety of growing conditions. Tree stewards will be on hand to offer advice about the selection, planting and care of your trees.

Large Trees:

American Chestnut, Bald Cypress, Black Gum, Hackberry, Shagbark Hickory, Bur Oak, Post Oak, Scarlet Oak, White Oak, Willow Oak, Pecan, Persimmon, White Pine,  Sourwood

Small Trees:

Chinquapin, Washington Hawthorne, American Plum, Chickasaw Plum, Redbud, Serviceberry, Sourwood, Witchhazel


Azaleas, Buttonbush, Black Chokeberry, Red Osier Dogwood, Elderberry, American Hazelnut, Arrowwood Viburnum, Blackhaw Viburnum, Possumhaw Viburnum

 Most plants priced $5.00 to $10.00

Virginia Historic Garden Week

April 17, 2015

DogwoodTree Stewards are offering Guided Tree Walks at Foxhaven Farm this weekend, as part of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week.

Tours will be given at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, and 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20.

Foxhaven, off Reservoir Road, is one of four properties on the Albemarle-Charlottesville tour. The others include Bloomfield, Verulam Farm and the Harris Home, all located just west of Charlottesville, near Ivy.

For a list of trees at Foxhaven, see Foxhaven Trees.

“Tree Basics for Homeowners”

April 14, 2015

Tree Basics logoCharlottesville Area Tree Stewards are celebrating spring by offering their FREE “Tree Basics for Homeowners” class on Thursday, April 30th. Come to the NEW Northside Library on West Rio Road between 10:00 a.m. and noon.

Tree stewards will suggest how to select a tree; they will demonstrate how to plant a tree, and they will discuss how to take care of trees.

Registration recommended. Call 974-7683.

Tree Basics for Homeowners Flyer

Charlottesville’s first blooming tree of 2015

March 25, 2015

First C'ville bloomer (1200x797)Maud Henne took this photo and writes:

“I could not believe it: On Saturday I saw the first tree in bloom, on Preston Ave, while all the others still look grey or try to get their leaf buds to open”.

Can anyone identify the tree? Surely it’s too early for a cherry tree. Perhaps it’s a plum?


DOF Tree Planting

March 20, 2015

DOFplantingMar15-1Eleven Tree Stewards helped to plant bare root trees on March 18 at the VA Department of Forestry building at Fontaine Research Park in Charlottesville.  We added trees to the ones we planted in the fall at the same place.  We planted, mulched, caged and staked young beech, hornbeam, and sourwood.  Come see the trees leaf out soon!


Spring Events

March 6, 2015

Hopefully this is the last of the snow, and we can start looking forward to Spring! Here are three events to put on your calendars:

Sunday, March 29, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Symposium on “Trees and Climate Impact”

Friday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. Arbor Day celebration at Albemarle Circuit Court, 501 E Jefferson Street.

Saturday, May 2, 9:00 a.m. – noon, Spring Tree Sale at the IX Complex, Elliott Ave., and Second St.

For details of these events, see Spring Event Flyer and Spring Tree Sale Flyer

Spring Garden Lecture Series

March 3, 2015

Piedmont Master Gardeners, in cooperation with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, invite you to the 2015 Spring Garden Lecture Series starting this month! The lectures are on the following Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm in Room A at the Albemarle County Office Building on 5th Street Extended just south of I-64:

March 25, 2015, Barbara Pleasant: “Spring into the Season: Better Veggies, Less Work”
April 1, 2015,   Bryce Lane: “Gardening on the Edge: Latest Trends in Horticulture”
April 15, 2015, Mike Goatley: “”Spring” into Your Lawn”
April 22, 2015, Lara Call Gastinger: “Native plants of Virginia from the Perspective of a Botanical Artist

Register online at Details on the lecture series are found at  The lectures are open to the public; $8 per lecture and $25 for all four lectures.