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Audubon sponsoring plant tour

By Staff | Sep 17, 2010

If you’re interested in the unusual, you won’t want to miss the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s Oct. 3 tour of the Botanique Carnivorous Plant Nursery.

The tour will be free and anyone with an interest is welcome to participate.

Founded in 1982, the nursery is located in the Blue Ridge mountains north of Charlottesville, Va.

It is an internationally recognized facility specializes in carnivorous plants, such as the Venus’ Fly Trap, Pitcher Plants, Sundews and more.

Pitcher Plants are the nursery’s main focus, and it is said to contain the greatest variety of such plants in the United States.

The nursery is focused on research and education as well as commercial sales, and it views part of its mission as helping to preserve relic plant populations and to increase public support for wildlife preservation efforts generally.

The nursery can only be visited by appointment, so this a good opportunity to see it.

Plants will be available for purchase.

Participants should plan to meet at 3:30 p.m. at the nursery, which is located at 387 Pitcher Plant Lane, Stanardsville, Va. Directions can be found on www.mapquest.com but not on Google maps. The trip should take about 2 hours from the Charles Town area.

For more info about the nursery go to www.pitcherplant.com.

For info about the trip, contact Kelly Heldreth at kheldreth@hotmail.com.

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a member of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and the Combined Federal Campaign.