The Fascinating Milkweeds and Relatives of Northern Virginia with Marion Lobstein

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Thursday, July 7, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


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Marion will discuss the fascinating structure and lifecycles of the milkweeds and their relatives. She will cover the species diversity in Prince William and the broader Northern Virginia area, pollination, and historic medicinal and edible uses of these special plants.

PWWS charter member Judy Gallagher will also participate to answer question about her incredible photos of milkweed pollination that will be part of this presentation. For our November 2020 PWWS membership, Judy presented a fascinating program entitled “Insects and the Milkweed Community.” You can watch a recording of Judy’s program on Vimeo.

Marion Lobstein & Judy Gallagher – Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Marion will give a live demo of using the Flora of Virginia App to explore the milkweeds. Members may want to have their Apps available to follow along.

Marion Lobstein is a charter and life member of the Virginia Native Plant Society and of PWWS and has served as PWWS botany chair for many years. She is Professor Emeritus of Northern Virginia Community College where she taught biology for 35 years at the Manassas Campus. As a founding member of the Foundation of the Flora of Virginia Project, she served on its board of directors from 2001-2021. She also taught for UVA Blandy Experimental Farm, the State Arboretum of Virginia, for many summers and does volunteer plant identification courses for the State Arboretum; she is a life member of the State Arboretum and served on its board of directors for many years. Since 1977, Marion has been an active member and Fellow of the Virginia Academy of Science where she found early support for the Flora of Virginia Project along with the support of VNPS. She grew up in North Carolina and earned her BS in Education from Western Carolina University and later earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Masters in Environmental Science from George Mason. She and her husband George currently live in Warrenton and are RV enthusiasts. In addition to her continuing involvement with botany and teaching, she is currently spending many happy hours pursuing her interests in watercolor painting.