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After the storm…

After the storm…

Hundreds of trees fell across roads and trails at the Quarry Gardens under the weight of January 3’s snowstorm. Mostly tall Virginia pines and Eastern red cedars, they brought with them countless smaller deciduous trees and shrubs. Fortunately, the visitor center,...

Making a Mushroom

Making a Mushroom

Did you know that the cultivated enoki mushrooms you find in the store’s produce section look completely different from wild enokis? Thomas Roehl wants to know why. He shared this question with us—along with the basics of mushroom development—in a talk sponsored by...

Opera at the Quarries

Opera at the Quarries

Those tiny performers in the photo made powerful sounds—thanks to their own talents, and to the amazing acoustical effects of the quarries' massive stone walls and deep water. Audiences for the Victory Hall Opera company's Soundflight in late July walked the main...

Soundcheck for Soundflight

Soundcheck for Soundflight

With leaves fully emerged, the quarries' warm-weather acoustics can be evaluated. So, a trio of musicians came last week to test instruments and locations for the Victory Hall Opera Company's production exploring natural sound on July 24 and 26. The featured photo...

New Master Gardeners

New Master Gardeners

May 7 was a beautiful day at the Quarry Gardens for Piedmont Master Gardeners to celebrate the graduation of 26 newly minted Albemarle County EMG interns. The day's program featured trail walks led by QGs' owners, a buffet lunch with mentors in the picnic pavilion,...

OPERA at the Quarry Gardens

OPERA at the Quarry Gardens

“Before there were concert halls or microphones, there were Nature’s amplifiers: rocks, trees, water. And the human voice.” . . . says the announcement for Victory Hall Opera’s July 24 Soundflight production at The Quarry Gardens, which will explore the effects of...