. . . a landscape carved
by industry
and
renewed by nature

The Grasslands are Blooming

The Grasslands are Blooming

Autumn’s asters (eight species) and goldenrods (fourteen species) are lighting up the Quarry Gardens landscape where poor, drv soil and all-day sun are just right for these prairie plants. Drew Chaney of the Center for Urban Habitats made the featured image in late...

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Wild Mushrooms 101

Wild Mushrooms 101

At the peak of fall mushroom season, Pat Mitchell, co-founder and president of the Blue Ridge Mycological Society (maroon shirt in featured photo) will give a presentation and lead a discovery walk at the Quarry Gardens. Pat’s talk will cover the world of fungi and...

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Trails around two quarry pools meander among prairie plantings, butterfly and pollinator gardens, wetlands, vernal pools, a fern gully, and a waterside talus—all afforded by the site’s extraordinary diversity of geology, elevation, and soil chemistry. This showcase of locally native plant communities is open for visits by appointment.