Year in Review 2023:

The 2 ¼ minute slideshow highlights the 20 events that the Appalachian Highlands Chapter organized and hosted in 2023.  Events include wildflower hikes, talks, native plant garden tours, and seed/plant swaps, with most open to the public.  If you need more time for a slide, you can pause the video.  

Native Plant Gardening – Which Plants Work Where? By Chris Ludwig:

Chris used his passion and knowledge of Virginia’s flora in his talk to the Appalachian Highlands Chapter on September 13, 2023. He is a retired biologist after a career in the Virginia Natural Heritage Program in the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. He described the following steps for establishing a native plant garden:
1) Go explore our plants!
2) Know your yard or land.
3) Choose a goal, choose the plants.
4) Obtain the plants.

He demonstrated using the Flora of Virginia Mobile App to determine if a plant is native to our area and its characteristics. The App is based on his co-authorship of the Flora of Virginia comprehensive manual of Virginia’s vascular plants.

Chris listed the following web references for native plant gardening in SW Virginia and NE Tennessee: – The Xerces Society – The Natural Communities of Virginia – Plant Southwest Virginia Natives Campaign – Virginia Native Plant Society – Natural Heritage Data Explorer – Flora of Virginia Mobile App – Virginia Working Landscapes

Deer Pressure Discussion by Michele Armon:

Damage from deer pressure can be very frustrating and costly! Michele Armon from Ninety % Native deals with this issue daily on her wooded lot in Northern Virginia. She talks about the methods she uses to reduce deer damage and the plants she finds to be particularly unattractive for deer browsing. While different herds are known to eat different things and nothing is really deer resistant, Michele hopes you can apply some of her lessons learned in a way that will help you limit deer damage in your landscape.

Michele’s YouTube Channel:

Natural Area Preservation System in SW Virginia
by Claiborne Woodall, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Claiborne Woodall spoke on natural areas stewardship in Southwest Virginia in this Zoom presentation to the Appalachian Highlands Chapter of Wild Ones on January 12, 2023. He is a regional supervisor for the Natural Area Preserves System within the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Claiborne’s beautiful photos showed rare and unusual plants that require the unique habitats as preserved in these natural areas. He also described efforts to restore and maintain the natural communities through mechanical means and controlled burns. It is a stimulating endorsement to promote biodiversity in our own yards.

Appalachian Highlands Year In Review:

In this slideshow, we present the 2022 year in review for the Appalachian Highlands chapter of Wild Ones, in which we show members’ gardens, chapter events, specific native plants, and more. Enjoy!