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The Pocahontas Chapter serves the central Virginia counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, and the cities of Ashland, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond. It meets on the first Thursday of September through April at 7:00 PM in the Education and Library Complex of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, unless otherwise stated.


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Pictures from field trips

R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks
Appomattox River Regional Park (Ferndale)
Cumberland Marsh
Crabtree Falls
Pocahontas State Park

Pocahontas Chapter 2016 Winter - Spring Event Calendar

January 14 Chapter Meeting: Kristi Orcutt presents “Keeping Bees Happy”. Kristi is an outdoor educator and co­owner of Bright Hope Farm and Apiary

There's a lot more to beekeeping than harvesting honey made by 10,000 yellow and black, fuzzy, stingy bugs in a tall wooden box according to Kristi Orcutt, speaker at the next meeting of the Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society. Discover some of the many things that make honey bees so amazing, as well as what threatens them, and how you can help the bees and other pollinators. Orcutt describes herself as a former bug­phobic who took up beekeeping 10 years ago and now dedicates much of her time to teaching and mentoring beekeepers in central Virginia. After learning about Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and discovering that traditional beekeeping practices involved using fungicides and pesticides inside the hives to control hive pests, she made the decision to choose another beekeeping management mode – “cide” free beekeeping. To promote natural beekeeping in central Virginia, she co­founded Rockwood Park Backyard BeekeepersAssociation in 2009. In addition to CCD, other factors are negatively impacting honey bee populations. Orcutt will discuss the latest research findings on the causes of bee declines and present 10 specific steps that can be taken by individuals to make a real difference for pollinators in their communities Orkutt also keeps bee hives at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden where she serves as a Children’s Garden educator and program developer

February 2 Privet Removal work days at Lewis Ginter:
• Feb. 02 Tues 12:45PM to 3:00PM leader Dabney Robinson
• Feb. 16 Tues 12:45PM to 3:00PM leader Beth Farmer
• Mar. 01 Tues 12:45PM to 3:00PM leader Dabney Robinson
• Mar. 13 Sun 12:45PM to 3:00PM leader Caroline Meehan
Meet at the Admission Hall and bring your favorite small tools, dress for the weather outside, hat, gloves etc. Please notify leader in advance so we can notify you in the event of cancellation for bad weather. Many thanks in advance for your assistance, see you in the Garden! Any questions please contact Beth Farmer at or Caroline Meehan at
February 4 Chapter Meeting: PROGRAM: “Establishing a Framework for Invasive Plant Management Using Ecological Principles and Citizen Science” PRESENTED BY Christopher R. Senfield – Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., Douglas A. DeBerry – College of William and Mary and Nathan Burrell – James River Park System.
February 19 5:00 PM 9:00 PM "Ecology in Motion" at the Science Museum: Doug Tallamy will be the featured speaker at a free community event held at the Science Museum of Virginia. Sponsored by the Richmond Ballet, the theme is “Ecology in Motion.” Junior members of the ballet will perform awork on the theme of ecology and native plants. We will have a booth to promote Virginia’s native plants.A number of local natural history­related organizations will be there including the Riverine Chapter, Virginia Master Naturalists. We will need 8­10 people to set up, clean up, and answer questions over that 4­hour period so that no one has to stay more than an hour or so at the table. If you have not heard Dr. Tallamy. [Bringing Nature Home], or want to hear him again, this is your chance. Contact Catharine for details about helping at (804) 938­6941 or
March 3 Chapter Meeting Program: Urban/Suburban Habitat Systems,” Emily Gianfortoni, member VNPS & Certified Master Naturalist and Habitat Trainer.
March 12 VNPS Winter Workshop The VNPS Winter Workshop will be at the University of Richmond on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Our chapter is again asked to provide morning refreshments before the seminars begin and at the morning break.All we contribute is the effort to provide the coffee, tea, fruit, and sweet rolls. There is a list of what to do and where to obtain the food. Expenses are reimbursed by the state treasurer. We need 5 or 6 people to help with this. Contact Catharine [(804) 938­6941 or if you would like to help deliver goodies or set up at 8:30AM or to help pack up at 3:00 PM. Information on the theme and speakers for the workshop will be available in December with registration opening sometime in January as usual. Registration for the workshop is separate from this volunteer project
April 7 Chapter Meeting Program: "Plants do the Strangest Things: Pollination in an Underground Flower,” Dr. John Hayden, University of Richmond.

Chapter Officers

President Leslie Allanson
Vice President Catharine Tucker
Treasurer Richard Moss
Secretary Irene Caperton

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