June 16, 2021

Milkweed as pollinator

Catherine Boston

June 2020 marked the beginning of the virtual native plant walks that I had the opportunity to create with the Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society.  It was incredibly satisfying for me to be able to find a way to keep people connected with the tradition of plant walks by the remarkable leaders of the VNPS.  The virtual tours allowed me a deeper immersion into the plant world and a chance to find a creative way to navigate some of the challenges of the pandemic.  While I loved making those walks, I am so pleased that, one year later, the Jefferson Chapter is back and leading these walks in person.   We have come a long way in one year.

I got a preview yesterday of a beautiful patch of milkweed that will likely be a stop on Phil's tour on Saturday.  If you do not make the walk, itself, do stop down along the paved trail just below the far end of the parking area (and just above the school trail) and have a look for yourself as to why milkweed is considered such an important pollinator plant.

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