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Field Trip, Randolph-Macon College Native Plant Garden

Posted on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 11:07 am

(Richmond, VA) – The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society has arranged a visit to the Randolph-Macon College native plant garden with Biology Professor Nicholas Ruppel. Ruppel was awarded a Virginia Native Plant Society grant to use the garden for assessing the diversity of insect pollinators on native plants in Ashland. The outing takes place Friday, August 4 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. To register and get details on where to meet, contact trip leader Leslie Allanson at 804-795-7191 or

The professor and a graduate student will share information about the project, which will utilize undergraduate college students and faculty, as well as students from John M. Gandy Elementary School to carry out several modes of insect identification. Ruppel’s ultimate goals are to expand the educational utilization of the college’s Moore Native Plant garden by undergraduate students, school children, and community members, and to increase knowledge of plant-pollinator interactions and the importance of native plant gardening.

Anyone with an interest in our native landscape is welcome, from novice to expert. The outing is free. Bring your own insect protection, as well as water and snacks. Trip may be canceled due to heavy rain so contact the trip leader if any questions.

The Pocahontas Chapter is one of 12 Virginia Native Plant Society chapters, and serves the counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, and Prince George, and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond. In addition to eight monthly meetings, the chapter conducts field trips, holds a May picnic and wildflower walk, hosts the annual Virginia Native Plant Society Winter Workshop, and sends a monthly newsletter.

Membership in a chapter is available to anyone who joins the Virginia Native Plant Society. VNPS members enjoy the natural world and support efforts to preserve Virginia’s native plants. Ranging in age from students to seniors, members are professionals, knowledgeable amateurs and many who are just beginning to learn about our flora. While some members join enthusiastically in activities, others help out occasionally or support the society solely with their memberships and their interest. All are welcome. For more information, visit the chapter and state websites and