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October 20 Member Meeting

Field trip to Phil Stokes' nut orchard in Nelson County

Tree Voucher Giveaway!

September 15, 2014

When: Saturday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Southern States on Harris Street or Profitt Road.

What: Receive a $25 voucher towards the purchase of a tree of any size.

Why: To encourage homeowners to plant trees

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Waynesboro Tree Care Workshop, September 12

August 21, 2014

Waynesboro 2014Waynesboro’s annual Tree Care Workshop, sponsored by Waynesboro Parks and Recs, the Department of Forestry and Trees Virginia, will be held on Friday, September 12th. This all-day workshop attracts tree professionals from all over the state. It has excellent speakers, and a very good lunch.

See: Workshop Details

Tree stewards or Master gardeners: Register before August 29th, and the cost is only $55! (After that it’s $100). And your time will count towards “Continuing Education”.


New Fall Training Class!

August 18, 2014

Alb Public Schools logoThe new fall training class for Tree Stewards will be held Tuesday evenings at Albemarle High School, starting October 7.

Enjoy learning about tree identification, tree biology, roots and soil, proper planting and care, pruning, tree pests, and more.  Presenters are certified arborists, foresters, horticulturists, landscape designers, conservation specialists, tree stewards and others. Classes will be held eight Tuesday evenings, with four additional field trips planned for Saturday mornings to observe and study area trees and forests.  Participants who complete the training class, having attended at least ten sessions, may take the optional open book test and have the opportunity to become members of Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards. The cost is $110 and includes all manuals and books.

Registration opens August 29. Watch for Albemarle County’s “Open Doors” publication that will be coming to your mailbox shortly, or go on-line to Tree Steward Class.

Annual picnic

June 21, 2014

group photoMany thanks to Linda and Peter Knapp for hosting the annual tree steward picnic at their boat house for the third consecutive year! The weather was perfect.

After the usual business meeting some people took a walk in the woods, others enjoyed paddle boats and canoes, while others relaxed on the dock. After a delicious pot-luck luncheon, some brave souls even went swimming. Read more…

Spring Tree Notes

May 18, 2014

Airport Oak plaqueOn April 25, the famous white oak at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport received the tree stewards’ 2014 Landmark Tree Award.

Seen here, l. to r., are Ann Mallek, County Supervisor, David Powell, Senior Area Forester from DOF, Jason Burch, Director of Public Relations, Albemarle Airport Authority, and Carol Wise, tree steward.  Read more…

Tree Stewards’ Tree Nursery

May 16, 2014

Lester and sonsRobin Hanes writes: “The Tree  Stewards’ wonderful Tree Nursery is nearby Jay Gillenwater’s Grandview Nursery. Manager Lester Henderson and his sons (seen l. to r., Chad, Joe and Matt), made frames to hold the tall pots up, built potting tables, hauled the soil into a walled mound and built a large tent. We just missed yesterday’s downpour at our big potting event. Huge thanks goes to Jay for his generosity, this temperate location and to Lester’s care all year long. They are the backbone of this project!  Read more…

2014 Tree Voucher Program

April 25, 2014
Janet and tree vouchersCATS gave away over 130 tree vouchers in four weeks to homeowners as an incentive to plant a tree this spring.
The approach used this third year of the program was to have tree stewards stationed at the five cooperating garden centers on two busy Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM.  As a homeowner came to us, we were able to identify the conditions for receiving the $25 tree voucher, discuss tree selection, and answer questions about tree care.

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