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The Peak of Spring Ephemerals

The Peak of Spring Ephemerals

Cynthia Wood, seen here with an early spring group, will lead a wildflower walk at the Quarry Gardens on Thursday, April 21, at 10 a.m. Cynthia’s charming and authoritative Virginia Wildflowers blog has earned more than 4,000 devoted followers and 14,000 monthly...

Time to prune—and learn

Time to prune—and learn

On a blustery Saturday morning in March, Ron Fandetti led a training class lab for Extension Master Gardeners of Nelson County at the Quarry Gardens. The topic was woody plants and how to prune them. The featured photo shows the group examining the branching...

Looking Under the Gardens

Looking Under the Gardens

We greeted the year's first group of visitors at the end of February when the Department of Geology at The College of William & Mary made a field trip to Schuyler locations of last summer's 3D mapping project. The tour was led by  Department head Chuck Bailey and...

A Good Year: Review and Preview

A Good Year: Review and Preview

The featured image is of members of the Albemarle County Extension Master Gardeners' 2021 training class who celebrated graduation with a field trip and picnic at the Quarry Gardens All things considered, 2021 was a good year at the QGs. Here's the summary:...

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...