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November 2017

Newsletter Archive

November 2017


OSGF is dedicated to engaging people in the world of plants.
November 2017
Fall at Oak Spring
The crisp air of late autumn has turned the leaves and morning frosts have begun to settle on the countryside. There is a lot to reflect on and be thankful for this time of year, as well as a lot to look forward to in the coming seasons.

At the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, we believe that gardens are for more than smelling the flowers – they are places of learning. That is why we are partnering with DC Greens to host a teacher training on garden-based education. Virginia and Maryland-based educators are invited to sign up for "The Growing Classroom" – a two-day workshop that will take place at Oak Spring on March 17-18, 2018. Free meals and lodging will be provided. Find out more about the program here >
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"Gardening is a way of thinking."
– Bunny Mellon
Research & Scholarship

We are lucky to be located near the State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy Experimental Farm, which has a grove of 300 Ginkgo biloba trees. Besides the beautiful golden color these trees turn in the autumn, ginkgo have continued to be of scientific interest to OSGF President Peter Crane. Read about the work we have continued to do at Blandy >
Cider season. This has been a fruitful year for Oak Spring's apple orchards – we picked over 6,000 pounds of the fruit! One of the easiest and tastiest ways to prepare the apples is to press them into cider >
Bountiful harvest. As we have been revitalizing Oak Spring Garden, we are learning just how much food we produce. From use in our own kitchen to local food pantry donations, we are working to ensure that our produce positively impacts our local community. Learn more >
Convenings. This fall, we have hosted gatherings of leading voices in the fields of floral evolution, landscape gardening and sustainable agriculture. Read a participant's account of an OSGF workshop >
A Season for Caterpillars. These fuzzy creatures are as much a part of autumn as falling leaves and cozy sweaters. They may also be sending a warning about the changing climate. Read our blog on Wooly bears >
Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911)

2017 is the bicentenary of Joseph Dalton Hooker, one of Kew Gardens' most renowned directors and among the greatest English botanists of the 19th century.

 The Oak Spring Garden Library is home to four rare books by Hooker, which altered the history and future of plants for centuries to come. Keep reading here >
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