Outdoors & Recreation

Photo: John Robinson

Tropical treat: A beginner’s guide to growing orchids

Fascinated with orchids? So is anyone with eyes, at this time of year when the world outside tends toward browns and grays. Orchids can bring a splash of tropical color and a certain joie de vivre to your indoor environment. Aren’t they hard to care for, though? Not necessarily, says Stephen Shifflett, co-owner of Floradise […]

The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards,
made up of nature lovers who focus on the identification, planting, and preservation
of trees in the area, are beginning their
yearly training class on Tuesday, February
19. The group participates in local outdoor projects and is currently reaching out to homeowners with funds and tips for planting new backyard trees. (Photo: Rosemary Connelly)

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards spread community awareness

Self-proclaimed tree hugger Martha Orton said she’s had an interest in learning about trees and forest health since her son told her, while on a reforestation trip to India, that “trees all look different when you know their names.” A retired social worker, Orton enrolled in the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards’ 14-week training class in […]