Blue Ridge Center
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Native Plant Society Walk

  • September 30, 2017
  • 9:30 AM
  • Butterfly Alley & Sawmill

Native Plant Society Walk - with Emily Southgate, historical ecologist

September 30, 2017, 9:30am

Meet at Sawmill Lane parking lot at 9:30am


“Butterfly Alley” at the Blue Ridge Center has been managed for several years for field species by regular bush-hogging. In addition, there is a marshy area beneath a power line that has been kept open for many years. The flora will be at its peak in September, with a large variety of both grasses and forbs. The plant list includes about 200 species, including 18 species of Poaceae and 38 Asteraceae. A well-established colony of Senna marilandica usually hosts many sleepy sulphur butterflies. Easy walk in terms of distance and terrain. About 50 minutes from the NCTC.

Walk with Emily Southgate: An historical ecologist, with a PhD in Botany and MA’s in Botany and History, Emily teaches part-time at Hood College in Frederick, MD and often leads local botany field trips focusing on the relationship of flora to habitat. Currently studying 18th c. vegetation of local Counties, using land survey records, as well as revising her book, “People and the Land Through Time: Linking Ecology and History.” (Yale University Press, 1997)



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Purcellville, VA  20132



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