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Looking Back . . . And Forward

During 2019, some 1400 native plant enthusiasts, geologists, naturalists, environmental science educators, school and college classes, professional landscapers, birders, history buffs, hikers, and photographers visited—taking 108 tours. The featured photo shows a few...

Want More Butterflies?

There's now an easy way to learn which of our native trees and shrubs host the greatest variety of butterfly and moth caterpillars—important because even seed-eating birds feed caterpillars to their young: University of Delaware professor Doug Tallamy, in a...

Biodiversity Hotspot!

September 24, 2019. Who would guess that The Quarry Gardens parking lot islands could be a biodiversity hotspot? Devin Floyd, that's who. Several weeks ago he brought a team from the Center for Urban Habitats to take a close look. They marked off six 100-meter...

Blooms! Here! Now!

Late summer is a brilliant time at The Quarry Gardens. Golds, blues, purples and pinks dot the landscape—and the butterflies are loving it. Here's a Spangled fritillary enjoying one of the two species of thistle (Pasture, Circium pumilum, and...
Looking Back . . .                 And Forward

Looking Back . . . And Forward

During 2019, some 1400 native plant enthusiasts, geologists, naturalists, environmental science educators, school and...

Want More Butterflies?

Want More Butterflies?

There's now an easy way to learn which of our native trees and shrubs host the greatest variety of butterfly and moth...

Biodiversity Hotspot!

Biodiversity Hotspot!

September 24, 2019. Who would guess that The Quarry Gardens parking lot islands could be a biodiversity hotspot? Devin...

Fine Fall  for Fungi

Fine Fall for Fungi

Abundant rain made for highly productive mushroom hunting this fall. Two forays of the Blue Ridge Mycological Society...

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Peak Color!

Peak Color!

Autumn color 2018 was late arriving to the Quarry Gardens, but some species—notably dogwood—were more brilliant than...

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Recent Visitors

Recent Visitors

In addition to the many individuals and families who visit for scheduled tours, we've hosted more than 40 groups this...

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Ready for Take-off

Ready for Take-off

Last weekend, a few days after a weeding party spotted Monarch butterfly caterpillars in the Visitor Center's...

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Bird Walk Opportunity

Bird Walk Opportunity

Ezra and Theo Staengl know birds. They also know the Quarry Gardens, having walked here often and supplied images and...

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