Wildflower Meadow in McIntire Park East

Charlottesville, August 12, 2010, Photo by Walt Kastenmayer

Charlottesville, August 12, 2010, Photo by Walt Kastenmayer
Looking forward to the butterflies – Hope the meadow and trail will open soon!

In reading the Charlottesville Tomorrow article, I was delighted to see that the Overall Park design for McIntire Park East includes a wildflower meadow with a trail loop.   Wonderful! In the years to come, our new meadow will attract many visitors – both tourists and residents.  Hope it is completed soon.

When is the last time you saw a meadow?

Not a field, but a meadow with wildflowers, butterflies, meadowlarks and a wide variety of grasses? When is the last time you saw a Queen Anne’s lace and when is the last time you saw a milkweed plant growing wild? If you’re like me, you have seen more folks that looked like Elvis than even a single, pristine meadow in Central Virginia. That’s because a thick grass called fescue has taken over our fields. It’s worse than kudzu on our trees and it’s a primary cause of a dramatic decline in the monarch butterfly population. Meadows, you see, host a wide variety of plants, birds and animals. Fescue fields do not.

Read complete article …  Outdoors: Meadows and butterflies in decline – The Daily Progress: Sports.

A Perfect Gift – Thank you, McIntire Botanical Garden!

❤ Thank you so much, MBG.

This beautiful bowl is perfect for holding my yarn as I transition from weaving the web to loom-knitting hats for those in need in the Charlottesville area!MBGRetirementGift
I am so pleased with the retirement gift recently presented to me by McIntire Botanical Garden in thanks for my five years of service as volunteer web designer/developer/content manager! This is a bowl fashioned by Frederick Williamson (fredwilliamson.com) from a fallen scarlet oak in McIntire Park East, future home of Charlottesville’s first botanical garden.

Below is a photo of the tree (turned into a work or art) surrounded by the daffodils that were planted by McIntire Botanical Garden:

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Third annual Bumblebee Jamboree at Richmond’s Maymont Park on June 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wouldn’t this kind of event be nice for McIntire Park East?

bumblebeeJamboreeBumblebee Jamboree is a family-friendly event which aims to educate residents of the Greater Richmond Area on the importance of pollinators to our daily lives and what each of us can do in our own backyards to protect these natural resources.The event will include educational displays and activities for both adults and children.  Puppet shows, games, storytelling, crafts will keep the little ones engaged and excited to learn.

Information on plant selections for the garden, a live honey bee demonstration hive enclosed, tours through the butterfly garden, and a sampling station of pollinator-dependent foods will be offered for the adults.  We’ll also have a butterfly safari tent that all ages will enjoy visiting.

via Bumblebee Jamboree 2014 | Insights.

On the other hand … the trail through a wildflower meadow will be a perfect “butterfly walk”

Hard to decide!

NABA-member2Yes, I love flowers and I am looking forward to the McIntire Botanical Garden, but as a butterfly enthusiast I am also eagerly anticipating the proposed trail that winds through a wildflower meadow in the south end of the park.  As I have mentioned, I would much rather observe and photograph local butterflies on native wildflowers than tropical varieties inside a greenhouse.

What do you think?  Be sure to vote in the Charlottesville Tomorrow poll for your favorite part of the new concept plan for McIntire Park East.

What addition to McIntire Park are you looking forward to most? Vote online at Cville Tomorrow

I love  flowers and butterflies! How about you?

CharlottesvilleTomorrowThe Charlottesville Parks and Recreation staff and the architects of Charlottesville’s McIntire Park master plans unveiled the designs for the park’s eastern half to the public this week at the Carver Recreation Center. The master plan adds features to the park such as a synthetic turf field, an amphitheater, and an 8.5-acre botanical garden. Which of these features do you like best?

Vote in Charlottesville Tomorrow’s Reader Poll  …. www.cvilletomorrow.org/

Learn more about the future of  McIntire Park at Charlottesville Tomorrow … www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/18245-public-gives-input-on-new-mcintire-park-design/ and on the City of Charlottesville’s McIntire Park Planning webpage … www.charlottesville.org/index.aspx?page=3089

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McIntire Park East Concept Plan – Our future Botanical Garden will be spectacular!

Thanks, Charlottesville Parks and Recreation and McIntire Botanical Garden, for working together to bring us this wonderful new garden!

I really enjoyed the presentation of the concept plan for our new “Central Park” at the Public Meeting on June 3, 2014! It is evident that this will be a favorite destination for everyone –  Charlottesville area residents and visitors alike!

Learn more about the future of  McIntire Park at Charlottesville Tomorrow … www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/18245-public-gives-input-on-new-mcintire-park-design/ and on the City of Charlottesville’s McIntire Park Planning webpage … www.charlottesville.org/index.aspx?page=3089

Public Meeting on Design Plan for McIntire Park East – May 3

MBGLogoTrue Colors200BIG changes are coming to McIntire Park East!

A Public Meeting to review the Design Plan will be held on June 3 at the Carver Recreation Center from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Draft conceptual park designs that will be shown at the open house Tuesday, June 3 will be available on our website on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

via McIntire Botanical Garden | McIntire Park East Design Team Partner, Charlottesville, Virginia.

McIntire Skate Park | McIntire Park East | View latest news & send comments to consultants

We will all soon see the new Skate Park from the 250 Bypass. It sounds very interesting both to glimpse from the road and to visit!

The consultants will return with final design plans to present to the public and city by the end of June. “I would encourage even people who don’t skate to come, because the [skate park] will fit into the East McIntire Park master plan,” Garber said.  Visit www.charlottesville.org/parksandrec to view the updated design proposals and send comments to the consultants.

Read complete article:  Skate Park designs move forward, awaiting funds ⋅ Charlottesville Tomorrow.

Butterfly Garden or Butterfly House?

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

As I have mentioned before,  I am hoping for a butterfly garden in McIntire Park East.

Our family recently visited the beautiful Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia.  One of the photos below is the welcoming, shady seat for observing the rose garden. Of particular interest was the “Butterflies Live “exhibit in the conservatory.  We enjoyed the many beautiful areas and enjoyed feeding the fish in the pond.

Viewing the butterflies reminded me Continue reading