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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...

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...

Mid-Summer Dreaming

Mid-Summer Dreaming

Bee balm, Wild bergamot—butterflies and bees love Monarda fistulosa by any name. The featured photo shows a male Eastern tiger swallowtail, Papilio glaucus, nectaring on its tiny flowers, flourishing now in the roadside savannah near the Visitor Center. (A female...

Caterpillar Walk July 17!

Caterpillar Walk July 17!

They’re so “green,” even their blood is green! Caterpillars are welcome at The Quarry Gardens, where hundreds of native plants species offer a smorgasbord for hungry moth and butterfly larvae. Master Naturalist Courtney McLaughlin, who will lead a special walk on the...

Restoration Ecology in Action

Restoration Ecology in Action

Friday morning volunteers at The Quarry Gardens get expert guidance and education from Devin Floyd, of the Center for Urban Habitats. Our volunteers include friends and neighbors, Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners—and now, Nelson County High School students. In the...

Soundflight 2 now a memory

Soundflight 2 now a memory

In early June, the natural amphitheater of The Quarry Gardens once again provided for an immersive exploration of natural acoustics by the Victory Hall Opera Company of Charlottesville. In four sold-out evening performances, the eclectic program featured the music of...