The counties of Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski and Wythe. Towns of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and City of Radford
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Newsletter for Spring/Summer 2013
Bottom Creek Gorge
Leader: David Darnell, through the Blacksburg Parks & Rec Department, Register (540)951-1135 or www.blacksburg.gov
Meeting Location: Blacksburg Recreation Center, Pat- rick Henry Drive, Blacksburg, VA
Description: See early spring wildflowers in this spec- tacular preserve near Bent Mountain containing Virgin- ia’s second-highest waterfall. ***Registration fee re- quired to cover transportation*** Bring water and lunch.
General Meeting: 7:00 pm The Botanist on the Beagle
Dr. Duncan Porter, retired Virginia Tech biology profes- sor and former curator of the herbarium will speak on the numerous botanical contributions of Charles Darwin stemming from his voyage on the Beagle. Dr. Porter co- authored The Flora of the Galapagos, and has been study- ing the unique flora of that archipelago for over 50 years.
Wildflower Event: 5th Annual Wildwood Park spring Wildflower walk
Time: 9:00 am
Meeting Location: Main St, entrance to Wildwood Park, Radford, VA
Description: led by Radford University biology professor and Wildwood webmaster Gary Coté. Wildwood Park in Radford is noted for its profuse spring wildflowers. Un- less blooms are unusually early or late, expect dwarf lark- spur, trout lily, rue anemone, redbud, hoary puccoon and more.
May 14 (Rain date May 21)
Workshop: “Sedges have edges,” but how do we identify them? (Group Limit 15 participants, registration required, fee $5.00/free for VNPS members)
Leader: Tom Wieboldt, curator, Massey Herbarium Virginia Tech
Time: 6:00 pm informal potluck dinner, 6:30-8:00 pm workshop
Meeting Location: Smithfield Plantation Shelter, 1000 Smithfield Plantation Rd, Blacksburg, VA
Description: Workshop on identification of sedges this spring (Group limit 15 participants, $5.00 fee/VNPS members free, VNPS members can register before May 1, after May 1 registration is open to the general public)
Field Trip: Poor Mountain Natural Heritage Preserve Leader: Mary Rhoades
Meeting Location: Food Lion parking lot, 1530 Roa- noke St, Christainsburg, VA
Description: The Poor Mountain VA Natural Heritage Preserve was established to protect the habitat of the rare piratebush. See this plant in flower and learn about this preserve with VA Natural Heritage Regional Stew- ard Ryan Klopf.
May 24 Sedge Identification Workshop
Tom Wieboldt, curator of the Massey Herbarium at Virginia Tech and an expert on the Cyperaceae, will offer a workshop on sedge identification this spring. Free for VNPS members. The date has been changed from May 14th, as in the spring newsletter, to Tuesday, May 21st. Please register early, as this workshop is limited to 15 participants. Before May 1st, registration is open to VNPS members only. After that date, registration will be opened to the general public for a fee of $5.00. The workshop will be held at the shelter at Smithfield Plantation from 6 to 8 pm, beginning with a potluck supper from 6 to 6:30.
To register: send an email to VNPS/New River President David Darnell giving your name, email, phone number, and whether or not you plan to come for the potluck supper or just the workshop. David’s email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do not rely on GPS for directions, email David instead.
For information about our chapter meetings or activities, please contact David Darnell at (540) 731- 4341 or email@example.com. For more information about the Virginia Native Plant Society in general, see www.vnps.org.