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Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
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Freedom Park Interpretive Center
5537 Centerville Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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WBG Botanical Garden
Williamsburg Botanical Garden


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The Curious Case of the Calcareous Ravine


The Curious Case of the Calcareous Ravine

Tucked-away in the woodland section of the Williamsburg Botanical Garden is a small, rock-walled model of a ravine that showcases a specific kind of flora and habitat that occur naturally right here in Williamsburg and James City County.

Learn about plants such as miterwort, dog violet, zig-zag goldenrod, interrupted fern, and umbrella magnolia. Known as "mountain disjuncts", these plants grow in the mountains and western Piedmont, skip the eastern Piedmont, and then reappear in certain deep, moist calcareous ravines in the coastal plain.

Our speaker is Donna M.E. Ware, Ph.D., noted botanist, author, former curator of the William & Mary Herbarium, and founding member of both the Williamsburg Botanical Garden and the John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society.


If you were looking for "Weed is not necessarily a four-letter word", the topic has changed to "The Curious Case of the Calcareous Ravine."  We regret any confusion.

Limited seating! Registration is required.

Members' Priority Registration Link sent April 25 by email.

General Registration opens on May 1.

Weather permitting, after the program Master Gardeners will be in the Garden to answer questions and talk about what is in bloom. Sign up for a tour with your registration.

Free, but a $5 donation at the door is suggested to help the garden continue to grow and offer programs like this. 

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Note about using a Mobile Device to register:  If you experience problems trying to register from a mobile phone or tablet, there's a glitch that occurs sometimes on some devices.  Please email us at wbggardennews@gmail.com with your name and phone number and we'll register you at this end.