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The Pocahontas Chapter serves the central Virginia counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, and the cities of Ashland, Hopewell, 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.


Pocahontas Chapter Newsletters
Other Events or Articles of Interest
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 2014 Winter - Spring Event Calendar

January 9 Chapter Meeting: Note change of Date and location - 2nd Thurs. Beth Farmer, chapter member, on growing native plants. NOTE: Meeting will be at the Glen Allen Branch Library, 10501 Staples Mill Road Glen Allen, VA
February 6 Chapter Meeting at Lewis Ginter. Daune Poklis. Experience the Smoky Mountains in spring with native plant and scenic photographs with Daune Poklis, who participated in a Virginia Native Plant Society sponsored field trip to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park last April.
A lover of plants and the outdoors, Poklis is a Hanover Master Gardener, a Virginia Master Naturalist, a volunteer at the LGBG where she has been a seasonal employee as “Orchid Coordinator” of Orchids Galore. She also has membership in the Virginia Orchid Society, the Native Orchid Conference, and is an active member of the Pocahontas Chapter.
March 1 VNPS Workshop at U. of R. –Topic Climate Change. Pocahontas Chapter will provide a continental breakfast and be responsible for box lunches for the speakers as in the past. The program will be held in the Jepson Center which is a larger venue but more difficult for us to set up. We will need lots of volunteers to help with set up and take down. Don’t forget that to attend the workshop, you must register!
March 25 The Great American Privet Pull at Lewis Ginter Botinacal Gardens from 9:00Am to 1:00PM. Tools will be furnished but bring gloves and favorite tool if you want. Bring water and snack. Meet in the Lobby of the Visitor Center.
March 6 Chapter Meeting at Lewis Ginter. Emily Gianfortoni, chapter member, "Challenges of Replacing Exotic Plants with Natives in a Suburban Yard".
April 3 Chapter Meeting at Lewis Ginter. “Botany 2013: Into the Bayou and Beyond,” presented by Deanna Dong and W. John Hayden, University of Richmond. A report on John Hayden’s trip to the Botany 2013 Conference held in New Orleans last July. Highlights will include an overview of recent research on anatomical features of Physalis (tomatillo and ground cherry), a field trip into the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, and a visit to the New Orleans Botanical Garden. UR student Deanna Dong will present the material on Physalis flowers.
May 3 Annual Chapter Picnic at The Clearing in Amelia County. See the May Newsletter for details.

Pocahontas Chapter Field Trips - Winter 2012-2013

Please call or e-mail the trip leader if you plan to participate in a particular trip. Let him or her know to expect you. Cancel if your plans change, so the group doesn’t wait for you.

September 15: R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks. Meet at 10:00 AM in the parking lot at the Martins store at the intersection of Route 1 and 10 in Chester, VA. Contact Richard Moss at 748-2940 or if you plan to come.

October 20: John Hummer’s Wetlands. Tour will begin at 11:30 a.m. It's free. John asks, as in the past, each person bring a dish, preferably a cold plate of some kind or desert, warm dishes will be acceptable since this time of year the weather's more agreeable for that. Important: In the event of rain (something beyond just 'sprinkles') the tour would be held Nov. 3rd 2013. Two weeks later. As always, footwear should be moisture tolerant, and light. Meet at North Park library, 8508 Franconia Road at 10:30AM, near the intersection of Parham Rd. and I95.

November 14: FIELD TRIP to the RICE CENTER. Trip Leader: Catharine Tucker, email is; cell phone is 804-938-6941. We will leave at 12:15 pm from Henrico County’s North Park Library. Please let Catharine know if you will be coming AND if you will be joining the group at the library. If it’s more convenient for you to go directly to the Rice Center from home, please let me know that also! The staff expects 6-7 of us to arrive at 1:15. Dr. Len Smock, Director of the Rice Center will be our guide in the habitat restoration areas. This is a special opportunity for our chapter since several of us have already seen the research and meeting facilities. He responded to Catharine’s request: “I would be pleased to provide your group with a tour of the Rice Center on Nov 14. We have our regularly scheduled open house that afternoon; however, I will provide a tour specifically to your group.” Don’t forget to communicate with the trip leader!!

Suggestions for future field trips this fall and winter are encouraged. Possibilities are Pocahontas State Park, Deep Run Park, and other small parks in the metro Richmond area that haven’t been visited by the chapter recently. Anyone who can act as a trip leader is welcome. Trip leaders only need to be the contact help us find the location, not necessarily know the plants we’ll see!

Anyone have someplace you would like to visit? Are there more of the field trips that were conducted at the annual meeting that you would like repeated for our chapter? Are there nearby localities, parks or backyards that could be a worthwhile for a Sunday afternoon visit? Suggestions, please.

Chapter Officers

President Catharine Tucker
Vice President Pat Brodie
Treasurer Richard Moss
Secretary Daune Poklis

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