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December 15 Member Meeting

9:00 a.m. at DOF with Robin Hanes speaking on "Notable Trees". Bring a brunch dish to share!

Fall Tree Voucher Success

November 25, 2014

Tree vouchers34 vouchers were redeemed by November 1st in the first Tree Voucher Program to be held in the fall. That represents 69% of all the vouchers given away on September 27th at the two Southern States garden centers in our area.

Jacki Vawter presented on the program at the recent Statewide Tree Steward Symposium in Richmond*.  She reported that since the spring of 2012, a total of 273 trees have been planted by homeowners in this incentive program.   Read more…

Great Turn Out and Success at Fall Tree Sale!

October 17, 2014
Tree Sale Oct 2014

Photo credit: Martha Morris

CATS volunteers sold around 350 trees at Charlottesville City Market Oct 11, featuring more than 44 varieties of mostly native trees. People from all over central Va  came to our tables, starting in the dark morning hours. Information on tree care as well as choosing trees was available in printed form as well as through our almost 20 volunteers.The hard rain passed us by. A little drizzle was fitting for a fall tree event.
If you missed us this year,  look for us at the Master Gardener Spring Sale, and again in early October 2015.

Here’s the link to a nice article at on-line C-Ville:
http://www.c-ville.com/tree-stewards-sale-offers-inexpensive-saplings/#.VD8seefQmFs

 

“Fall is For Planting” Month

October 5, 2014

Seal_of_Virginia.svgVirginia Governor Terry McAuliffe made the following proclamation on October 1, 2014. The timing could not be better, considering the 2014 tree steward class starts on Tuesday, and we have our tree sale at the Farmers’ Market next Saturday.

“WHEREAS, trees and plants support a healthy environment and are essential to human well-being; and

“WHEREAS, trees help promote clean air, with tree leaves and roots acting as natural water filters that trap pollutants; and

“WHEREAS, storm water is a leading source of pollution for Virginia’s rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay; and

“WHEREAS, planting regionally compatible plants, particularly native plants, also slows the flow of storm water runoff, preventing it from running into nearby rivers and streams; and

“WHEREAS, cooler temperatures, warm soils, increased rains, and fewer insects and pests make fall an ideal time of year for planting trees, shrubs, and hardy perennials; and   Read more…

Fall Tree Sale, Saturday October 11

September 23, 2014

Fall Tree Sale 2014 (1200x900)Fall is the best time of year to plant trees! The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards have spent the last several months potting and nurturing 38 varieties of (mostly native) trees for a variety of growing conditions. They will be available to the general public Saturday, October 11, 7:00 a.m. until we sell out at Charlottesville’s City Market, located downtown at the corner of Water and South Streets.

These small, young trees will transplant easily and successfully. Most are priced between $5.00 and $10.00. Proceeds will support C.A.T.S. education and conservation efforts.

We focused the Fall Sale into just one day this year. So be sure to mark your calendar!

Drive up access available nearby. Tree Guards and 4’ Tree Tubes will also be on sale to protect young trees from deer, rodents and weed-eaters.

Continue reading to see the List of Trees… Read more…

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

Read more…

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.