Environment

Local fruit trees make great gifts for the gardeners in your life—and winter is the perfect time to plant them. File photo.

Gifts for green thumbs

Gardeners can be a fussy and opinionated lot, which makes them hard to shop for. As Christmas approaches, here are some gift ideas for the gardener in your life. Fruit trees. Winter is the best time to plant fruit trees. Because the trees are dormant, their chances of survival and getting well established increase dramatically. […]

Arrowhead Farm is set to become a nature preserve thanks to a partnership between Albemarle County and the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: Elli Williams.

Once-rejected Arrowhead Farm set to become county nature preserve

Albemarle County officials have accepted a 410-acre land gift they initially rejected, approving a plan to partner with a local nonprofit that will maintain the new southern Albemarle park as a nature preserve and a site to release rehabilitated wildlife. “We’re very, very pleased that the land will be secure under a government agency,” said […]

Made the upgrade to LED holiday lights this year? Several companies will mail you a coupon for discounted lights if you ship your old strings to them. File photo.

Ask Betty: Going green, staying warm

Teri Kent runs Charlottesville’s Better World Betty, a non-profit organization and online resource for locals looking to shrink their impact on the environment. Every month, Betty—Kent’s ’50s-housewife-meets-earth-goddess alter ego—answers the most burning eco- questions from our readers about energy use, water, waste and recycling, transportation, and green buying. Q: I’m bad about checking my tire pressure. […]