Think Spring!

The John Clayton Chapter Annual Native Plant Sale is April 20th!

This year’s theme is Native Plants for Butterflies and other Pollinators. Our native insects need your help. Please put Saturday, April 20 on your calendar and make some room in your garden for plants that support them.   Doors will open at 9:45 am.

Thank you!!

New Quarter Park Plant Walk – Annual Meeting Oct 7 2018

Doug DeBerry’s walk in New Quarter Park for the Annual Meeting was an outstanding learning experience, great fun, and very productive. For several hours we were asked to look closely and try to identify most every fern, forb, grass, shrub, or tree we saw in an effort to create a list of species –ours totaled over 100! Here are just a few of the photos I took and what  remember as to identity! – Cathy Flanagan.  See the official final document prepared by Doug DeBerry: Species list_New Quarter Park Plant Walk (VNPS_DeBerry)_10.7.2018

White goldenrod (Solidago bicolor?),
Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
Cranefly orchid (leaf) (Tipularia discolor)
Persimmon (Disopyros virginiana)
Broad Beech fern (Thelypteris hexagonoptera)
Heart’s a bustin (Euonymus americanus)
common blue wood aster? (Symphyotrichium cordifolium)
yellow crownbeard (Verbesina occidentalis)
pignut hickory (Carya glabra)
pine gall (rust fungi -Uromycladium)
Northern red oak (Quercus rubra)
Southern red oak (Quercus falcata)

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Native Plants in Downtown Williamsburg Annual Meeting Oct 6 2018

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A few photos from the “Native Plants in Downtown Williamsburg” walk which was part of the line-up of field trips and walks for the 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference It was led by Phillip Merritt, landscape architect and past-president of the John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society

Pictured above Top left: Seed and fruit of Yellow buckeye (Aesculus pavia) Top Right: Water Oak (Quercus nigra)
Bottom left: Phillip pointing out the silvery-white underside of the leaves – identifying feature of the of Magnolia virginiana Bottom Right – Ogeechee tupelo (Nyssa ogeechee)

For complete list of trees: Downtown Natives PDF from spreadsheet

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Black gum, Black Tupelo, Nyssa sylvatica

Black gum, Black Tupelo, Nyssa sylvatica

Black gum branching pattern

Black gum branching pattern

Allee catalpa trees palace green

Allee catalpa trees palace green

Allee Catalpa trees palace green

Allee Catalpa trees palace green

American hophornbeam Oystra virginiana

American hophornbeam
Oystra virginiana

Eastern Red Cedar Juniperus virginiana

Eastern Red Cedar
Juniperus virginiana

Fall Fruits and Nuts

Taken on walks during the Annual Meeting & Conference

Taken on walks during the Annual Meeting & Conference

Persimmon: Diospyrous virginiana
Mockernut Hickory: Carya tomentosa
Pignut Hickory: Carya glabra
Strawberry Bush: Euonymus americana

2019 Nature Camp Scholarships

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2019 Joint Application

Nature Camp Recipients

John Clayton VNPS 2017 Nature Camp scholarship recipients: Zoe Averett, Lisa Small, Nash McDowell, and South McDowell (seated). They attended the November chapter meeting where they spoke about their rewarding experiences at Nature Camp.

John Clayton VNPS 2017 Nature Camp scholarship recipients: Zoe Averett, Lisa Small, Nash McDowell, and South McDowell (seated). They attended the November chapter meeting where they spoke about their rewarding experiences at Nature Camp.

2018 Nature Camp Scholarships!

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Five local organizations are now accepting applications for scholarships for the Summer 2018 sessions of Nature Camp at Vesuvius, Virginia, in the George Washington National Forest. Applicants need only submit one application to be considered by these five organizations.
Nature Camp is a two-week, co-educational, academic camp that emphasizes education in natural history and environmental studies. It is intended for those seeking a science/nature experience. Campers attend class daily, maintain a notebook, complete written projects, and participate in outdoor activities.

Download the application below. And you can also print out and post flyers to spread the word!

2018 Flyer Nature Camp

2018 Joint Application

2019 Nature Camp

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Application: 2019 Joint Application

 

 

Nature Camp Scholarships from the John Clayton Chapter

The John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society is now considering candidates for scholarships for the Summer 2016 sessions of Nature Camp at Vesuvius, Virginia in the George Washington National Forest. Nature Camp is a coeducational, academic camp that emphasizes education in natural history and environmental studies. It is intended for those seeking a science/ nature experience. Campers attend class daily, maintain a notebook, complete written projects and participate in outdoor activities. Students currently in 5th – 12th grades are eligible to apply.
For more information about Nature Camp visit www.naturecamp.net.
Session One, June 19-July 2, Grades 9-12

Session Two, July 3-July 16, Grades 8-9

Session Three, July17-July 30, Grades 6-8

Session Four, July 31-August 13, Grades 5-6
Application and essay should be submitted to John Clayton Chapter’s Nature Camp Scholarship Committee and must be postmarked by January 7, 2016.

Download the 2016 application: NatureCampAPP 2016

Help spread the word about Nature Camp by posting this flyer wherever you can! NatureCamp Flyer 2016

Gary Fleming to speak at the November Meeting of the John Clayton Chapter

GaryFlemingFrom the Atlantic coast to the spruce-fir forests at more than 5,700 feet elevation on Mount Rogers, the landscape of Virginia encompasses an extraordinary range of landforms, topography, and biological habitats. In this presentation, “The Ecological Regions and Natural Communities of Virginia”, Gary P. Fleming will explore the large-scale environmental and biotic gradients that influence Virginia, and present an overview of the natural features and communities in each of five physiographic provinces that intersect the state. The status of natural area protection in these regions, as well as some of the management issues that natural area land managers deal with regularly, will also be addressed.

Gary P. Fleming is a senior vegetation ecologist at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Natural Heritage Program with more than 35 years of experience in botanical and ecological inventory of natural areas in the mid-Atlantic region. Since joining the Natural Heritage Program in 1992, Mr. Fleming and his colleagues have been responsible for field inventory of natural communities in all regions of Virginia and the development of a state-wide vegetation classification based on quantitative data from more than 4700 plot samples

Mr. Fleming was a contributing writer for the recently published Flora of Virginia, producing two introductory chapters and all the habitat information in the species accounts. He is also a long-time member and current President of the Virginia Botanical Associates, and a co-author of that group’s Atlas of the Virginia Flora III (1992) and current on-line Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora.

In 2011, he and two collaborators described a new species of hedgenettle (Stachys, Lamiaceae) endemic to southern Virginia and North Carolina, which was published in the Journal of Botanical Research Institute Texas (5:9-18). Additional studies by Mr. Fleming and his colleagues has been published in Castanea, Banisteria, the Virginia Journal of Science, and other scientific journals.

This talk is sponsored by the John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society.