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Arbor Day

Friday, April 28, Arbor Day at Jefferson-Madison Library,
Market St at 3d, for dedication of Shumard Oak as Landmark Tree

Spring Tree Sale

April 24, 2017

With the Master Gardeners Plant Sale
Saturday May 13, 2017, 9:00 AM – Noon

Located at the Ix Complex
955 2nd Street off Elliott Avenue

Wide selection of mostly native, young trees and shrubs availability weather dependent & may vary

Large Trees:

Deodar Cedar, Chinese Chestnut, Bald Cypress, Black Gum, Bitternut Hickory, Shagbark Hickory, Red Maple, Pin Oak, Willow Oak, Pecan, Persimmon, White Pine, River Birch

Medium and Small Trees:

Red Buckeye, Dogwoods: Kousa, Pagoda, White, Possumhaw Holly, Japanese Maple, Bear Oak, PawPaw, American Plum, Redbud, Sassafras, Downy Serviceberry, Sourwood, Witch Hazel


Red Aronia, Azaleas, Northern Bayberry, Highbush Blueberry, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Buttonbush, Red Stem Dogwood, White, Elderberry, American Hazelnut, Spicebush, Viburnums: Arrowwood, Blackhaw, Highbush Cranberrry, Possumhaw

Most Plants Priced $5.00 or $10.00

Earth Day & Arbor Day activities

April 20, 2017


Tree Stewards Celebrate Trees at Two Events in April


The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards are joining with the Ivy Creek Foundation for Earth Day and the Charlottesville Tree Commission for Arbor Day to celebrate trees.


Saturday April 22, Earth Day, Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville


As part of several events planned for Earth Day at Ivy Creek, the Tree Stewards offer two activities:

9 am Invasives Removal

Volunteers are asked to gather in the Ivy Creek Parking lot.  We will remove invasive plants to keep the natural area alive with native flora.


1:00 pm Trees for Kids Scavenger Hunt  

Parents are invited to bring their kids, 6-12 years old, for a scavenger hunt.  Parents will be given a key and will accompany their kid on a short trail.  The kids will receive a prize at the end. Meet in the parking lot.


Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson and now is the focus of various events worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.


Friday April 28, Arbor Day, 10am, Jefferson-Madison Library, Central, 201 E Market St, Charlottesville


Tree Stewards will join with the Charlottesville Tree Commission to designate the Library’s remarkable Shumard Oak as a Landmark Tree.  Library patrons and other members of the community are invited to witness the ceremony.  A second White Oak in Forest Hills Park is also being designated as a Landmark Tree on Arbor Day.  Check


Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton who said “Arbor Day looks forward; it is devoted to the happiness and prosperity of the future.”



Invasives Removal on Ragged Mountain

April 17, 2017

Mac Dent and other tree stewards worked on the Ragged Mt trails Saturday morning, 15 April, removing autumn olive and black locust seedlings. Chris Gensic of Charlottesville Parks and Rec and CATS member Tom Terrill organized the event. Making the woods free of invasive plants is one of the many things tree stewards do.

Tree Stewards prepare for Spring Tree Sale

April 13, 2017


16 CATS volunteers potted the majority of 2017’s bought bare root seedlings, Thursday March 30. The potting table had a new tarp in case of rain thanks to Grandview Nursery staff. We ushered in springtime with high spirits. Hard work went to sorting and moving plants, assembling frames, and labeling as well as potting on this cool, crisp day.
Robin Hanes

40 Native Trees and Shrubs Planted at VA Dept. of Forestry

April 10, 2017

March 28, 2017
Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards, together with other local environmental groups, has just completed the first stage of a planting project to demonstrate the value of native trees and shrubs. Tree Stewards joined with Master Gardeners, Virginia Native Plant Society members, Master Naturalists and others to install the new planting at the entrance to the Virginia Department of Forestry headquarters in Charlottesville. The landscape was designed by Peggy Singlemann, Maymont Director of Horticulture and host of PBS’s Virginia Home Grown. The project was initiated by Barbara White, Urban and Community Forest Program Manager at VA Dept. of Forestry, and was overseen by Carol Heiser, Education Section Manager and Habitat Education Coordinator, VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries, and Ellen Powell of the VA Dept. of Forestry. Anne and Carl Little, founders of Tree Fredericksburg, arranged to augur the planting holes and supervised the planting. Arboristry Associates donated the mulch.

We planted five types of shrubs:IMG_0317

Virginia sweetspire (itea virginica)
winterberry holly (ilex verticillata)
ninebark (physocarpus diabolo)
possum-haw (viburnum nudum)
mountain laurel (kalmia latifolia)

and six types of native tree:
yellow poplar (liriodendron tulipifera)
American beech (fagus grandifolia)
mockernut hickory (carya tormentosa)
sassafras (sassafras albidum)
silverbell (halesia carolina)
Eastern redbud (cercis canadensis)


Tree Pruning Class

March 12, 2017


Free Class:  Friday March 31, 2017   tree pruning

10am to noon

Ivy Creek Natural Area Education Building

1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville




Learn to prune your trees to improve their health and appearance, while reducing the risk of branch failure; learn what tools to use and how to use them safely along with best practices for pruning your landscape trees. Includes a pruning demonstration.

Presented by Certified Tree Stewards

Registration is recommended.  To register, email

Sponsored by the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards for the Tree Basics for Homeowners Series.


Celebrating the Monticello Gateway Project

February 17, 2017


The Monticello Gateway Project consists of a grove of native trees in the median of Route 20 South. This project is a living partnership among civic and non-profit organizations to beautify Charlottesville and improve the environment.

The inspiration for the project was a vision of the Charlottesville Tree Commission for entranceways that welcome visitors to our unique natural area through planting large native trees. The non-profit Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards (CATS) applied for and received a grant from the Virginia Department of Forestry’s Virginia Trees for Clean Water program, which was funded by the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Fund. An additional grant was received from the Ballyshannon Foundation.

The series of groves of canopy trees was designed by landscape architect Paul Josey (chairman of the Charlottesville Tree Commission) in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Transportation (official owner of the median), Monticello, and Journey Through Hallowed Ground: Gettysburg to Monticello, to beautify the southern entrance to Charlottesville. For a full list of the many partners in this civic project, please see the Charlottesville Tomorrow article of November 4, 2016 “New Trees on Monticello Avenue Rooted in Community Partnership”

The Virginia Trees for Clean Water grant goes to projects that support the work that trees do to alleviate the impact of storm water on our streams, break the impact of heavy rain, hold soil in place, slow down storm water run off, and cool the environment.

Albemarle County supports the project by mowing this median, as it has for many years, along with other entrance corridors into Charlottesville using Z-turn mowers with a 5′ sweep. Monticello will continue to water the trees for their first year of life, and CATS will use them to teach fine pruning techniques. The groves of canopy trees are set to be maintained “in perpetuity” as required by the DOF grant.

The Monticello Gateway project documented 413.5 hours of labor. A total of 73 trees were planted, all with volunteer labor. In fact, in one day 63 trees were planted by 50 CATS volunteers, Tree Commissioners, and National Guardsmen. In-kind and donated materials and time totaled a value of $11,639. Virginia Department of Forestry Urban Forestry Coordinator Barbara White writes, “This is an excellent partnership between the state, city, and a local non-profit.”

To everyone who gave their hearts and backs to plant the 73 trees that comprise the Monticello Gateway: They are a significant contribution to our community. In a few years this project will have made our air cooler and our water cleaner and created a spectacular living monument to the importance of trees to the citizens of Central Virginia.

We also thank the many groups which provided volunteer hours to make this planting a success:  Bremo Trees, Windridge, Journey Through Hallowed Ground, our local unit of the National Guard, Monticello, Charlottesville Tree Commission, and Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards.  Let’s applaud their efforts to support rural and urban forests and to increase public awareness of the intrinsic value and beauty of trees.