Stokes Farm Field Trip

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Sunday, April 14, 2019
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Stokes Farm


At peak bloom time for spring ephemerals the Jefferson Chapter has scheduled a visit to the woodlands of the Stokes Farm in the Greenwood area of western Albemarle County on Sunday April 14 starting at 1:30 pm. Its 30 acres of mature woodland offers a variety of naturally occurring ephemerals and wildflowers including Wild Geranium, Mayapple, Showy Orchis, Indian Cucumber Root, Rattlesnake Plantain, and Skunk Cabbage. Indigenous shrubs in abundance include Pinxter Bloom Azaleas, Winterberry, American Hazelnut, and Witch Hazel. We’ll also see restored woodland areas once dominated by invasives now planted with hundreds of spring wildflowers including Bluebells, Trilliums, Trout Lily, Jacob’s Ladder, Columbine, and Wild Blue Phlox. In over ten years most have successfully reseeded into an ever expanding area and even supplied (from pathway only) volunteer plants for our plant sale. Scores of native woodies and perennials have also been planted along the edge of a 1.4 acre pond.

The walk is two and one-half hours on easily walked trails along streams, no steep or rugged sections. No restroom on site. From Charlottesville it’s an easy, scenic, less than 30 min. drive on mostly interstate and Route 250. Plenty of parking for all on flat and dry field area. Carpooling option from Food Lion on 5th Street near I-64 exit leaving at 1:00 pm. Hosted by Chapter member Phil Stokes. Info: 293-4217

From Charlottesville take I-64 west for 11 mi. to Crozet Exit #107. Make left off of exit ramp which takes you west on Rt. 250. Continue on Rt. 250 for 4.6 mi. to stop light where you turn left onto Rt. 151 (Critzer Shop Rd.) that heads you towards Wintergreen. After .7 mi. turn left onto Route 637 (Dick Woods Road), there’s a Mountain View Church sign on corner. Go .8 mi. to Stokes farm entrance with curved board fence (it’s the first paved driveway you’ll see on the right side of Dick Woods Rd.) – a makeshift VNPS sign will be posted at entrance. No street number, driveway for 8803 Dick Woods Rd., Afton, VA precedes it. Park cars near the cemetery visible from entrance.

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