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April 20 Membership Meeting

Josh Palumbo, Wintergreen Nature Foundation, will speak on "Trees in the Appalachian Mountains". Department of Forestry, 9:00 a.m.

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 County Courthouse

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.

Working With Trees…Naturally

February 23, 2015

Trees VA logoPlease plan on joining us Thursday, March 12th for the upcoming Roanoke Tree Care Workshop: Working With Trees… Naturally, at the Virginia western Community College. We have a great line up of speakers covering topics relating to urban wildlife and your bottom line, biological control of pests, urban wood utilization and stormwater management through tree planting.

For early registration prices, please register by Friday February 27th Read more…

February 18, 2015
BurThe spring newsletter of the VA Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation is now available for viewing in color on the VA Chapter website at:

On Page 8 there is mention of a Restoration 1.0 American chestnut that is going to be planted at Montpelier this spring, April 22, in honor of our friend Tom Dierauf.

2015 Symposium: Trees and Climate Impact

February 12, 2015
Emory photo

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SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1–5 pm

St. Anne’s-Belfield Upper School, 2132 Ivy Road

Speakers and Topics:

Bettina Ring, State Forester for Virginia , Opening Remarks

Joe Murray, ISA Instructor, Tree Biology and Climate

Judy Dunscomb, Senior Conservation Scientist, Enough to Last: Mitigating Impacts of Climate Change by Conserving Resilient Forests

Stephen Nash, Journalist and Research Scholar, Climate Change in Virginia and Its Impact on Forests

Registration:  $10 for Tree Stewards in advance; $15 for general public in advance; and $20 at the door.  Make check payable to Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards and mail to CATS, 1630 Brandywine Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22901.  Send an email address for confirmation.

See brochure for registration form and speaker biographies. For questions and more information, email Rosanne Simon,