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Special Visitors

Special Visitors

Exciting to see our old friends Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr at the Quarry Gardens this week. The author and illustrator are on the road, living in a repurposed school bus with their four children—Alden, Kato, Augie, Jasper—and dog Dumbles. They are spending this...

If These Stones Could Talk…

…is the title of Glenda Booth’s four-page article about The Quarry Gardens in the fall issue of Piedmont Virginian magazine. Read it online (https://piedmontvirginian.com/read-the-current-issue-online) or pick up a copy at one of 105 distribution points...

Class at the Quarry Gardens

Class at the Quarry Gardens

New generations of architectural designers and planners are learning to partner with the natural world rather than merely build over it. For example, at the University of Virginia, such courses as EcoTech 1 cultivate in first-year landscape architecture students an...

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...