Chapter Members at Pocahontas State Park 1/8/2022

   Chapter Members at Pocahontas State Park - January 8, 2022

We love Virginia bluebells

We love Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica)!

Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea) nearly in bloom!

Golden ragwort (Packera aurea) nearly in bloom!

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View our latest Pocahontas Chapter newsletters: upcoming Spring chapter events, the Pocahontas Plant of the Month, and much more! 5-9-2023

• Chapter president Matt Brooks will lead our September field trip on Sunday, September 25 at 10:00am at Poor Farm Park in Ashland. View more information and details. 9-17-2022

• Suleka Deevi will discuss invasive species at our Thursday, October 6 meeting at 7:00pm. View more information about the Zoom/in-person meeting. 9-19-2022

• Watch  the February 3, 2022 presentation by Katrina Spears on the exceptional and significant Lee Park Herbarium at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. 2-12-2022

• Check out the February 2022 Pocahontas Chapter Newsletter for an article and photos from our January field trip to Pocahontas State Park. 2-1-2022

• The new January 2022 Pocahontas Chapter Newsletter has an article and beautiful photographs of Skunk Cabbage by Richard Moss. 1-10-2022

• Did you miss the December 2, 2021 presentation by Louise Seals of the Richmond Tree Stewards? Watch now on the VNPS Vimeo channel. 1-4-2022

• Did you miss the November 4, 2021 presentation, Equitable Climate Action with Brianne Fisher? Watch now on the VNPS Vimeo channel.

• The Pocahontas chapter of the VNPS serves the central Virginia counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond.


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