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McIntire Botanical Garden Upcoming Spring Events
 
Keswick Garden Club "Bees and Blooms" Fundraiser - April 9th
            • The Keswick Garden Club is hosting a "Bees and Blooms" Fundraiser to benefit McIntire Botanical Garden. The event will feature Dr. Josephine Johnson, a pollination expert, and floral designer Gregory Britt, as well as local vendors and a luncheon.
Piedmont Master Garden Plant Sale - May 4th
            • The Piedmont Master Gardeners and Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will be hosting their annual plant sale on May 4th from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the tent at Stonefield. The event will have "annuals, perennials, pollinators, herbs, veggies, shrubs, a large selection of native plants, houseplants, and trees" for sale. MBG will have a table set up at the sale and we hope to see you there!
McIntire Botanical Garden Visioning Walk - May 11th
  • Join us at the garden site at 1:00 PM as leaders from McIntire Botanical Garden guide you on a visioning walk describing aspects from the Garden's schematic design. The walk will give people a chance to visualize where future garden features will be located.
Tree Identification Walk - May 11th
  • Learn to identify trees using their many features at the McIntire Botanical Garden site. Certified Tree Stewards from the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards will lead this walk from 10:00-11:30 AM, helping you recognize dozens of native Virginian trees that can be seen in this area. Registration for the event is limited to 25 participants; click here to register.
Tacos on Tuesday - June 11th
  • Save the date - on June 11th, join us at SariSand Tile Showroom and Rockpile Construction Headquarters for Charlottesville's most flavorful fundraiser, Tacos on Tuesday. The event provides a gourmet taco dinner with proceeds going directly to MBG.
 
Bee Boxes to be Installed at McIntire Botanical Garden Site
 
McIntire Botanical Garden will have bee boxes installed at the garden site this spring to promote local bee research.
 
Amber Slatosky, a PhD candidate at University of Virginia's Department of Environmental Sciences, will be using the garden as a field site for her bee research. The data gathered from this exciting project will be used to determine how parasites and parasitoids affect different bee populations.
 
Slatosky's bee boxes encourage bumble bee queens to nest and once they have produced a large amount of workers, they are transferred to different field sites.
From there, each worker bee is labeled with a number and their movements are tracked with motion-sensing cameras.
 
To ensure accurate results, a back-up RFID chip is placed under the number to scan every time the bee exits or enters the colony. This tracking of bee movements, health, and behavior over time will help establish how bees are affected by different parasitic infestations. 
 
For further information in Slatosky's bee research at McIntire Botanical Garden, visit her website for updates.
 
Frank Robinson
Frank Robinson is Joining the McIntire Botanical Garden Team
McIntire Botanical Garden is please to announce that Frank Robinson, President Emeritus of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (LGBG), has agreed to serve as consultant to the Garden's Board of Directors.
 
Robinson, who joined LGBG in 1992, oversaw the development of more than 50 acres of themed gardens in addition to a visitor center, education complex, classical conservatory, and other facilities.
 
During his tenure, LGBG grew from a local garden attraction to one of the top five botanical gardens in North America.
 
New Volunteering Opportunities Available
McIntire Botanical Garden is looking to fill several new volunteer positions.
  • Volunteer Coordinator - The first point of contact for those interested in volunteering, the Volunteer Coordinator helps maintain the volunteer database, updates volunteer accounts, posts volunteer assignments, and more.
  • Outreach Ambassadors - The Outreach Ambassador helps staff the MBG table at local events to increase awareness and support of the Garden.
  • Speakers Bureau Coordinator - This position involves assisting in scheduling MBG presentations with area organizations and businesses, coordinate with speakers, perform follow-up, and report results.
There are many other volunteer opportunities for anyone who wishes to support the Garden. For more information, please be sure to check out our website. Thank you!
 

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McIntire Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 6224
Charlottesville, VA 22906