Buck Mountain Garden Club (BMGC)
Established 1981

PO Box 683
Earlysville, VA

Gardening Tips & Resources

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/ 

Garden Basics: Fall Lawn Care and Great Lawn Alternatives

Trinity Episcopal Church 1118 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville

Lawns can help prevent wind and water erosion, control flooding, break down organic chemicals, cool the air, reduce noise, and sequester carbon. But they can also increase water consumption and pollute our air and waterways. Learn a sustainable approach to…

Garden Basics: Native Plant Propagation—Seed Saving and Winter Sowing

Trinity Episcopal Church 1118 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville

Growing native plants is vital to sustaining pollinators, birds, and small mammals. Seed saving and winter sowing can extend your budget and widen the selections available. Participants will learn about • seed collection and resources for buying native seed, •…


Garden Basics: Season Extenders in the Edible Garden

Trinity Episcopal Church 1118 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville

You can grow fresh produce all winter in Central Virginia with the use of season extender techniques. Participants will learn • How to use crop choice, garden layout, and row covers to extend the growing season • Where to go…

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

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

PowerPoint Presentation from the 3/13/23 “Seed Saving” Lecture by Dee Walsh will is available HERE !
Click HERE for lecture outline/notes.

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 deewalsh@embarqmail.com)

Champ Lawson Landscaping 

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

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

Meriweather Mowing 

Protech Lawn and Landscape

Bartlett Tree Experts

Fant’s Tree Service

Grubb Tree Service

Van Yahres Tree Company

JJM Tree Service

Waynesboro Nursery

Waynesboro Landscape and Garden Center

Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) Tree Nurseries

 Lowe’s Charlottesville

Lowe’s Ruckersville

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

Ivy Nursery

Ivy Corner Gardens and Gift Shop

Edible Landscaping

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

Snow’s Garden Center

Hummingbird Hill Natives (Nursery)

The Garden Spot

The Corner Store

Fifth Season Gardening Company

Eltzroth & Thompson Greenhouses

Landscape Supply  (recommended by Cooke Family/product “Deer Scram” is excellent deer repellent.)

Mulch Monkeys

Panorama Paydirt

High Country Gardens (Online Shop & Blog)
                        Fall-Blooming Perennials – List

Hottinger Greenhouses (Louisa)

Sharondale Mushroom Farm (Keswick)

Milmont Greenhouses (Waynesboro)


Organizations and Resource Links

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