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Next Member Meeting, Monday December 21

9:00 a.m. Department of Forestry. Come and see two short, inspiring documentaries. Members are invited to bring refreshments.

Nursery work day

November 19, 2015

Potting up for winterThe Tree Nursery had a Winterizing Workday today, despite the rain, rain, rain! Last year we lost some of our trees with longer roots. So we are trying to protect them this year.

Grandview Nursery staff built wonderful second level frames. We adjusted the height a little for tall pots, and spread straw for insulation. Other jobs included re-potting plants that were getting root bound, and potting the freshly dug Chickasaw Plums Phil brought, and the Redbuds JoAnn brought.

Most of the time rain was gentle. The roof over potting tables made a perfect shelter during harder showers.

Birdwood Tree Walk

October 26, 2015

Birdwood HenneTim Richard hosted about twenty tree stewards on a tree walk around historic Birdwood last Sunday. It was a beautiful fall afternoon, and we must have seen at least twenty different trees–many of them extraordinarily large, mature specimens. This photo, taken by Maud Henne, shows the group under a black walnut tree.

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Urban Forestry Conference – Nov 5, 2015

October 20, 2015

image002Join Trees Virginia for the next Urban Forestry Conference Healthy Soils for Healthy Trees, to be held Thursday, November 5, in Sterling, Northern Virginia.

2015 is the UN Declared “Year of Soils” to highlight its incredible importance to all life and raise awareness of the worldwide dangers of expanding cities, deforestation, unsustainable land use practices, pollution, overgrazing and climate change.  Virginia’s urban forest is a microcosm of these same challenges.  The purpose of this conference is to underscore the importance of healthy soil to the urban forest and to explore current research and techniques for preventing and mitigating damage of Virginia’s environment

Register on-line at  and pay through PayPal,

$75 Early Registration Due by October 26 , 2015


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.