Buck Mountain Garden Club (BMGC)
Established 1981

PO Box 683
Earlysville, VA

Gardening Tips & Resources

Suggestions & Messages:

April 2024:  Dee Walsh has a variety of flower seeds to share, including coneflower, zinnia, rudbeckia, and many more – just contact her if you’re interested.

Ongoing:  A link to the latest (Spring) PRISM newsletter.

3/6/24:  Dottie McFalls mentioned this “quarry garden” south of town – maybe a potential future program?  For info, see:  https://quarrygardensatschuyler.org/

2/14/24:  Here is a list of announcements from the Council of Garden Clubs as of 2/5/24 – lots of interesting opportunities and ideas!

1/27/24:  As a follow-up to Dr. Timko’s lecture about Communication between Plants, this video might be interesting!

Ongoing:  Here’s the latest edition of the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont’s newsletter  – and their Calendar of Events.
Lots of good info!

Ongoing:  Recommended by Fran Dickerson – the  Ivy Creek Newsletter.  
And here is a link to their very full calendar of events!

8/1/23:  Recommended by Fran Dickerson – https://www.homegrownnationalpark.org/

Ongoing:  From https://piedmontmastergardeners.org/events/ 

May 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Piedmont Master Gardeners’ Spring Plant Sale

Albemarle Square Shopping Center Albemarle Square, Charlottesville, VA, United States

The Piedmont Master Gardeners’ annual Spring Plant Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Albemarle Square Shopping Center in Charlottesville. The sale will offer thousands of annuals, perennials, vegetables, fruit-bearing plants, herbs and…

6/20/23:  Shared by Joy Matthews – A Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) exhibition on “Fine Arts and Flowers” to be held Oct 23–27, 2024.  Fine Arts & Flowers 2024 will be a spectacular museum-wide exhibition of floral designs inspired by works of art in VMFA’s permanent collection.   For more information, visit:  https://mailchi.mp/vmfa/weekly-email-1321453?e=db1f2b3255

4/23/23;  Janet Parker shared an article (shared with her by Piedmont Master Gardener Mike Callahan) about “Nurturing Nature in Your Yard” – an interesting read! 

4/18/23:  From Sue Gosnell – PBS TV (WCVE-TV Channel 23) has gardening shows on Saturday mornings, including ‘Growing a Greener World’, focusing on vegetable gardening and related endeavors; Peggy Singelman’ show ‘Virginia Home Grown‘…she is part of the Maymont Garden crew in Richmond; also J. Schwanke’s ‘Life in Bloom“, and lastly, the ‘P. Allen Smith‘ show where a large variety of garden subjects are covered.  These shows can be seen real-time starting at 7 a.m. most Saturdays, and/or can be streamed anytime on the PBS website.

3/23/23:  Patti Booth recently recommended a blog article about “Dividing Perennials in Springtime”.  You can find a copy of the article here!

2/23:  From Dee Walsh – Here’s a list of “Deer Resistant Spring Blooming Flowers per Great Garden Plants March 2023

9/15/22:  Karen Dosier recently recommended a couple of plants, including “Hummelo“.  She described it this way: “It’s totally different from the light colored fuzzy stachys we know as Lamb’s Ears. It still has purple spikes of flowers, but is a mounding perennial and is deer and rabbit resistant!”  The other plant recommended was a coneflower called Mellow Yellows. It “mellows” to more cream as it matures.     Both sound like welcome additions to any garden! 


Information from Previous BMGC Programs:

March 2024:  Presented by Sara Kunkle – Dahlia Deep Dive.

February 2024: Presented by Virginia Gardner – Winter Seed Sowing Program and suggestion to listen to this related podcast by Joe Gardener (Joe Lamp’l).

September 2023:  The Power Point presentation on “Why Landscaping with Native Plants Matters” is available on the Gardening Blog in the Members-Only section (at the request of the presenter.)
An extensive Resource List for Native Plants (and much more) can be found here.
Also available is  list of “Keystone Plants” – Native plants every local gardener should consider.

April 2023:  A Visit to The Gardens at Waterperry Farm

March 2023:  PowerPoint Presentation from the 3/13/23  Seed Saving Lecture
Click HERE for lecture outline/notes.

February 2023: An overview of Sue Erhardt’s very detailed and informative lecture on the rich farming and family history of what is now the Ivy Creek Natural Area is available on their website at https://ivycreekfoundation.org/cultural-history  and https://ivycreekfoundation.org/the-barn

January 2023: Slides from the “Pruning Basics” Lecture by Jeff Kunkle are available here!


Service Providers/Nurseries/Garden Centers & Retailers 
(In alphabetical order, but with no particular endorsement –
additional suggestions welcome!!  Just email them to deewalsh@embarqmail.com)

Bartlett Tree Experts

Blue Ridge Farmer’s Co-op (Formerly Southern States)

Champ Lawson Landscaping 

Chris Crawford Landscaping and Tree Maintenance 
          (205) 784-7157  or via Facebook (search “@chriscrawfordinc”)

The Corner Store
             Classes and Educational Offerings:  https://www.cornerstoregarden.com/new-events 

Edible Landscaping

Eltzroth & Thompson Greenhouses

Fant’s Tree Service

Fifth Season Gardening Company

Fitzgerald’s Apple Orchard
728 Harper’s Creek Lane, Tyro, VA 22976 (Nelson Co.)
Apple varieties include Red and Golden Delicious, Gala, Rome, Stayman, Granny Smith and York. Open Monday – Saturday during apple season. 8:00 AM – noon and 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

The Garden Spot

Grubb Tree Service

High Country Gardens (Online Shop & Blog)

Hottinger Greenhouses (Louisa)

Hummingbird Hill Natives (Nursery)

Ivy Corner Gardens and Gift Shop

Ivy Nursery

JJM Tree Service

Landscape Supply  (“Deer Scram” is recommended as an excellent deer repellent.)

Lowe’s Charlottesville

Lowe’s Ruckersville

Meriweather Mowing 

Milmont Greenhouses (Waynesboro)

Mulch Monkeys

Panorama Paydirt

Protech Lawn and Landscape

Sharondale Mushroom Farm (Keswick)

Snow’s Garden Center

TopSide Brush Control (Tree Removal, Understory Clearing)
          (540) 241-8657, Cple Moore

Van Yahres Tree Company

Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) Tree Nurseries

Waynesboro Landscape and Garden Center

Waynesboro Nursery


Organizations and Resource Links

USDA Hardiness/Growing Zones Updated in 2023

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards

Piedmont Master Gardeners

Botanical Garden of the Piedmont
       Newsletters:  July 2023


Piedmont Native Plants – Reference Book

                                  Download (Free) // Hard Copy for Sale

Plant Virginia Natives (Many reference links available)

Common Native Trees of Virginia – VDOF Reference Manual

Virginia Native Plant Society

Virginia Natives – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Buck Mountain Garden Club  PO Box 683, Earlysville, VA 22936
Meets at 12:30 on the 2nd Monday of each month (Sept through June) 
Deese Hall, Buck Mountain Episcopal Church – All Welcome!





PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management)

https://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/ – National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC)

https://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/us/virginia – NISIC Virginia Invasives

Problem Species in Our Area:

Find Your Local VDOF Forester 

American Horticultural Society

Arbor Day Foundation

Links to Reporting/Combating Invasive Species (Lanternfly, Ailunthus/Tree of Heaven) in Albemarle County

List of Deer-Resistant Plants/Rutgers University

Stilt-Grass Management (August is Prime Time) / PRISM    

Virginia Cooperative Extension (Virginia Tech)

Relationship Between Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven) & Spotted Lanternfly

Dealing Effectively With Ticks
            Permethrin 0.52% Protective Bands

Shade Perennial Suggestions from “All About Gardening”.com 

Piedmont Native Plants from DCR May 2023

Home Gardening Ideas and Projects on a Budget

  Fall-Blooming Perennials – List