Suggestions & Messages:
8/28/23: Suggested by Sue Gosnell – Liberty Mills Sunflower Festival, Sept 2-3-4, 2023!
8/28/23: Recommended by Fran Dickerson – the Ivy Creek Natural Area Newsletter!
8/1/23: Recommended by Fran Dickerson – https://www.homegrownnationalpark.org/
8/1/23: From https://piedmontmastergardeners.org/events/
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!
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! – Dee Walsh
Information from Previous BMGC Programs:
April 2023: A Visit to The Gardens at Waterperry Farm
2/13/23: 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
Slides From the 1/9/23 “Pruning Basics” Lecture by Jeff Kunkle are available HERE!
Service Providers/Nurseries/Garden Centers & Retailers
(In no particular order, with no particular endorsement –
additional suggestions welcome!! Just email them to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chris Crawford Landscaping and Tree Maintenance
(205) 784-7157 or via Facebook (search “@chriscrawfordinc”)
Cole Moore – TopSide Brush Control (Tree Removal, Understory Clearing)
Blue Ridge Farmer’s Co-op (Formerly Southern States)
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
Hummingbird Hill Natives (Nursery)
Landscape Supply (recommended by Cooke Family/product “Deer Scram” is excellent deer repellent.)
Organizations and Resource Links
Download (Free) // Hard Copy for Sale
Plant Virginia Natives (Many reference links available)
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: