Flora Foray at New Quarter Park on April 6
Donna Ware, curator emeritus of the College of William and Mary herbarium and Flora of Virginia Project member, will lead a Flora Foray at New Quarter Park on Saturday, April 6, from
10 a.m. to 12 noon. The Flora Foray will celebrate the publication of Flora of Virginia, a landmark botanical reference book which describes 3,164 plant species and natural variants growing wild in the diverse habitats of the Old Dominion. After discussing the Flora of Virginia, Ware will lead a foray through New Quarter Park’s forests and ravines to find living specimens of some native Virginia plants described in the Flora.
More than 10 years in the making, the Flora is the first comprehensive catalog of Virginia plants since Flora Virginia, published in 1762, when the Commonwealth was still a colony and the Virginia landscape was dominated by the American Chestnut tree.
The Flora Foray is part of New Quarter Park’s 2013 Saturdays in the Park education and recreation program series. The 545-acre park includes diverse mature forest, ravine, and wetland habitats.
New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the Queens Lake neighborhood. For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation (Monday to Friday, 757-890-3513) or New Quarter Park (Friday to Sunday, 757-890-5840).