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The Pocahontas Chapter serves the central Virginia counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie,Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, and the cities of Ashland, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Petersburg and Richmond. It meets on the first Thursday of September through April at 7:00 PM in the Education and Library Complex of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, unless otherwise stated.


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Recommended Native Plant Books
Virginia Native Plant Society
VNPS Wildflower of the Year
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Pictures from field trips

R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks
Appomattox River Regional Park (Ferndale)
Cumberland Marsh
Crabtree Falls
Pocahontas State Park

Pocahontas Chapter Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Event Calendar

Sept. 8 Chapter Meeting: “Native Communities in a Sea of Invasives: The Stories” by Robert Whitescarver, soil scientist and conservationist.

Bobby is a knowledgeable and entertaining storyteller with a great sense of humor. He has gathered accounts of his adventures and accomplishments, so be prepared to be both informed and amused by light­hearted stories from this “man of the land.” He writes about these in his blog, “Getting More on the Ground.” His blog has recently been recognized with an award from the Outdoor Writers Association. Retired from the US Department of Agriculture, Whitescarver is now President of Whitescarver Natural Resources Management LLC. As an independent environmental consultant and a special consultant to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, he specializes in persuading and assisting landowners to restore native habitat. A ctions to form riparian buffers, such as fencing cattle out of streams and planting native trees and shrubs lead to remarkable environmental improvements.

Oct. 6

Joan Maloof, author of Teaching the Trees.

Nov. 3

Why would a young woman spend time fertilizing native grass on an undeveloped barrier island? Come find out at the November 3rd meeting of the Virginia Native Plant Society Pocahontas Chapter. The young woman, Ashley Moulton, will present the results of her Master’s thesis, “Short­term Effects of Nutrients on a Barrier Island Grassland Community,” including the important implications of how the functional diversity of plant communities can be altered by global and local disturbances in coastal systems.

Dec. 4

Holiday Party at Leslie Allanson's house

Please join us for a potluck meal at Leslie's home. Bring a dish to share. Leslie will provide tea and punch, and feel free to bring your favorite “holiday spirit” if so inclined. If you have any questions, call Leslie at 804­795­7191

Jan. 12

Johnny Townsend will speak on "Discovering Mosses and Liverworts, The Unsung Flora of Virginia"

Feb. 2

John Hayden, PhD will present "Skunk Cabbage and Other Botanical Adventures, August 2016"

March 2

Berniece Thieblot, one of the founders of Quarry Gardens in Nelson County. The Quarry Gardens at Schuyler, Virginia exist to: Preserve and exhibit relics of the soapstone quarrying industry; Assist the natural process of plant and habitat restoration; Showcase native plant communities for public education and enjoyment and Maintain records of plants and animals as a resource for study. The Gardens were designated a Virginia Treasure in 2016 by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Bernice will explain how improvements were made to the Schuyler property on weekends for 23 years and how they commissioned a master plan, a survey of plants, animals, and habitat, and a garden design. She will discuss how they are implementing the garden plans for the designated 14 eco­zones and 7 conservation areas.

April 6

Our speaker, Robert Wright, will provide a grand presentation, featuring some sleuthings, botanical finds, and a preview of our planned Foray at Camp Hanover in May.

May 6

Picnic and walk at Camp Hanover. Details later.

Chapter Officers

President Leslie Allanson
Vice President Catharine Tucker
Treasurer Richard Moss
Secretary Ashley Moulton

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