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Native pollinators love Mountain Mint and so does the Garden Club of America! They just named this mighty plant of the year! ...

The Garden Club of America has selected mountain-mint (Pycnanthemum muticum) as its 2018 Plant of the Year! They write: “Commonly known as mountain mint, the plant is a native perennial that attracts a diverse abundance of bees, butterflies, moths and other beneficial insects as an excellent source of nectar. The easy-to-grow ornamental plant has noteworthy blue-green foliage, silvery bracts, aromatic leaves and pinkish to white flowers that bloom from July through September. Mountain mint can be grown in full sun or partial shade and in both drought and wet conditions. It naturalizes politely, producing an attractive upright tiered clump that is two to three feet high and wide. The plant helps with erosion control and is resistant to diseases, insect pests, deer, rabbits and rodents.” Mary Reid Barrow of the Virginian-Pilot sings nothing but praise for this plant, and highlights its importance for native pollinators. She writes, “If pollinators could vote for their plant of the year, they would vote, wings down, for mountain mint. The garden club recognized this insignificant- looking but robust grower as a fine source of nectar that attracts many bees, butterflies, moths and other beneficial insects.” Read the Virginian-Pilot Article Here: pilotonline.com/life/home/lawn-garden/article_bdc0307f-24f4-5e0e-a9e9-64ff231c0c52.html Read the Garden Club of America Announcement Here: www.gcamerica.org/news/get/id/1752

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The Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District (TJSWCD) is pleased to announce the availability of two, Youth Conservation Camp tuition awards. TJSWCD will provide full camp tuition (includes food and lodging) for two students, for this exciting week-long opportunity.

The Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) annually sponsors a week long summer Youth Conservation Camp July 8 - July 14, 2018 on the campus of Virginia Tech to give high school students a chance to broaden and exercise their conservation knowledge and interests.

Applicants must be in grades 9-12 during the 2017-2018 academic year and residing within the Albemarle, Nelson, Louisa, Fluvanna Counties or the City of Charlottesville—the communities TJSWCD proudly serves. NOTE: Twelfth graders who will graduate in May, June, July or August 2018 are eligible to attend. Previous campers may not attend.
Please visit our new website www.tjswcd.org for additional details and application.
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The TJSWCD Agrciculture Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 21st at 1:00pm at 706 Forest St. Charlottesville, VA. The public is welcome to attend. ...

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Coming up this Sunday! Free educational event at PVCC featuring a screening of Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home, the acclaimed film that shows homeowners, landowners and community leaders how to improve wildlife habitat and revitalize ecosystems right in their own backyards and neighborhoods.
Be sure to stop by and say hello to the TJSWCD staff who will be on hand at the event with our program information.
*This event is free. No advanced tickets or registration required. Seating is first come first serve.
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#WaterTipWednesday REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW FOR THE 2018 FIX A LEAK FAMILY 5K! Get ready to stop the running toilet and for #FixALeak week by registering now for this fun, family-friendly race on March 17th at Pen Park! Register: bit.ly/2018FAL More Info: bit.ly/CvilleWater #EveryDropCounts #CvilleWater #RunningToilet

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