April 3, 2016.
The featured photo may have been taken at the house, not the Quarry Gardens, but it does say “Spring has sprung.”
At the Quarry Gardens, Devin, Rachel, and the Center for Urban Habitats team have been outlining beds in the various ecosystems and building out plant communities as materials arrive. Thousands of plugs and pots are on the way. Among early arrivals: bear oak, chinquapin, and button bush seedlings purchased from Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards. There to greet them were some of the early spring natives.
Also in March, Peter and Betsy Agelasto, founders of the Rockfish Natural History Center in Nellysford, came for a visit and exchange of ideas. On the 29th, six of Monticello’s gardening staff made a field trip to inspect our progress. Here, they’re posing on bridge Number 1. In coming weeks, the Charlottesville Newcomers Club Garden Group will be visiting, as will the Nelson County Garden Club, and the Fluvanna County Master Gardeners.
On their walk around the path, they discovered some spring animals, including a 6-ft long black snake and a good-sized school of quarry fish (probably small largemouth bass).
Nelson’s director of tourism information got in touch to ask about our proposed seating capacity for meals and rates for booking — a natural error, since lacking a category for botanical gardens, the County has issued us a modified permit to operate a banquet hall (which we have no intention of doing). The rendering below, however, shows how our administration building is shaping up in the architect’s concept.
As work progresses, we keep updating our Keynote presentation of photos, so we’re always ready to take the show on the road. Had a great time as featured speakers for the March meetings of both the Nelson County Garden Club and the Nelson County Master Gardeners.