Archive for December, 2014

Sharing an upcoming event from the Loudoun Master Gardeners:

Free Garden Lecture – 180 Miles of Trees: The Living Legacy Tree Project

The 2015 Master Gardener Lecture series kicks off the year with Peter Hart, certified tree arborist, speaking about the Journey through Hallowed Ground Living Legacy Tree Planting Project — an ambitious initiative to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War by planting one tree for each of the 620,000 soldiers who died in the war. Peter Hart is a volunteer with the program and is involved in the selection and planting of trees which eventually will create an allee of 180 miles , stretching north to south and over three states.
The free lecture will be held at 7pm on Thursday, January 8th at the Loudoun Extension office (Wells Fargo Bank Building), 30 Catoctin Circle SE, Suite B, Leesburg, VA.

For more information about the lecture or the Loudoun County VCE Master Gardener program visit the website: or call the Loudoun Extension Office at 703-777-0373.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments.



Five-week course in sustainable gardening

Learn how even one home garden can begin to repair the web of life.

Landscape for Life is a sustainable gardening course designed by the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center and the US Botanic Garden.

It teaches us how we can transform our home landscapes and public places into healthy refuges that benefit not only birds, pollinators, and other wildlife, but also the surrounding community and the Chesapeake Bay.

Dates: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
January 6 through February 3, 2015
Location: Morven Park
Cost: $50


This just in from Monarch Joint Venture:

You have been invited to the event “Monarch Biology and Conservation Basics”


Monarch Biology and Conservation Basics

From egg to adult, monarchs undergo a fascinating metamorphosis. The life cycle of monarchs is well known and inspirational, making these iconic insects ideal for research and science education. However, habitat loss and other threats are endangering this majestic creature.

After attending this webinar, you’ll have a greater understanding of the monarch’s life cycle, biology, as well as their incredible journey across North America to overwintering sites in Mexico and California each year.

This is the first webinar in the “Monarch Butterfly Conservation Webinar Series” that is being jointly produced by the Monarch Joint Venture and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Future webinars will focus on habitat conservation and enhancement, milkweed propagation, and other topics where you can learn how to take a more active role in protecting monarchs.

Event: Monarch Biology and Conservation Basics
When: Wednesday 17 December 2014, 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

To register now, please visit the following link:

To know more about the event, please visit our website:
Thank you,
MJV/NCTC Webinar Team


If you’re doing any online shopping this year and are heading over to Amazon as you check off your list, you can make your gifts (and other purchases) extra special by shopping through the Amazon Smile portal!

It’s no cost to you – the donation comes from Amazon but by using this link you designate Loudoun Wildlife as the organization that you’d like to support:

You can also bookmark this link for use throughout the year — and share it with friends! It’s an easy way to support Loudoun Wildlife while doing the shopping you would do anyway.