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Next Member Meeting, Monday February 15

9:00 a.m. Ivy Creek Education Building. CATS member Nancy Weiss will speak on “Pines of the World and of Virginia."
Note: this is a change from the original February 8 date.

Thank you!

January 27, 2016

Sojourner-elmWe are so grateful to the Sojourners, United Church of Christ, for their recent donation of $150!

In April last year, tree steward Robin Hanes was invited to speak at their Earth Service. The service then continued outdoors, and Bill Emory took this photo of the congregation gathered beneath their magnificent elm, (now listed on

Lindsay Caine-Conley, Chair of the Eco-Justice Group, writes: “We at Sojourners have a profound commitment to protecting our environment and are appreciative of the work that you are doing.  We wish you well as you continue to make a significant contribution to our local community.”

Phase 1 of Gateway Planted

December 20, 2015

On Saturday, December 12, many volunteers worked to plant ten swamp white oaks along the Route 20 median, near Monticello Avenue. Click on the caption above to see more photos on Bill Emory’s blog.

Paul Josey, Vice Chair, Charlottesville Tree Commission, also took pictures, and sent words of thanks to the many organizations involved:

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A Tree Planting Opportunity!

December 10, 2015
The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards are working with the Charlottesville Tree Commission on a project to beautify the southern entrance to Charlottesville with groves of native canopy trees. This is a popular tourist route between Monticello and the city; so some of the chosen trees will be Jefferson favorites . . . white oaks and tulip poplars.
Phase 1 planting of 10 swamp oaks donated by CATS from Bremo Tree Nursery will take place on Saturday morning, December 12, at 10am in the median close to the Charlottesville City limits. Click on MAP to see planting location (red flag) and parking options (green flags).
Tree stewards are encouraged to come and dig (shallow) holes and learn to plant bareroot trees. For more details, see December 12 calendar event on this website or contact Dorothy Smith at 295-1576. There will be media coverage of this high profile CATS project—the more the merrier!

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.