Tree Identification for Beginners at Green Spring Gardens

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Saturday, March 16, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Green Spring Gardens


With Carrie Blair and Toni Clausen

The witch hazel is blooming at Green Spring Gardens, adding some color to the tree canopy there that has a surprisingly rich variety of species. We will see natives such as ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) with its colorful exfoliating bark; the evergreen native Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana); redbuds (Cercis Canadensis) already on the cusp of bud break; tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) with their distinctive large buds, and much more. The walk will not be strenuous, but we will be able to identify a nice range of species, making this a good walk for beginners—but all are welcome.

Leading the walk will be Carrie Blair and Toni Claussen. Carrie has led hundreds of tree identification walks and classes over the last 25 years of volunteering with the VNPS Piedmont Chapter and as a docent at the State Arboretum of Virginia, part of the Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Virginia. She has been a board member, including president, of the VNPS Piedmont Chapter for many years. Toni works as an Urban Forester in Fairfax County and is a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture since 2012.

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Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society

PO Box 5311

Arlington, VA 22201

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