Colo­nial Heights Se­nior Ci­ti­zens Club cel­e­brates 50th an­nivesary

Guest will dis­cuss or­na­men­tal plants of the Caribbean

The Progress-Index Weekend - - LIFESTYLES -

RICH­MOND — What bet­ter way to get your mind off the win­try weather than take a trip to the Caribbean with botanist Dr. John Hay­den? He will share his “Trav­el­ogue of Trinidad, Ja­maica, Panama, and Cuba” with a fo­cus on or­na­men­tal plants at the meet­ing of the Poc­a­hon­tas Chap­ter of the Vir­ginia Na­tive Plant So­ci­ety on Thurs­day, Jan. 10.

This free meet­ing is open to the pub­lic and takes place in the Ed­u­ca­tion and Li­brary Com­plex of the Lewis Gin­ter Botan­i­cal Gar­den, 1800 Lake­side Av­enue. Start time is 7 p.m., but the room is avail­able at 6:30 p.m. so you can come early and get to know oth­ers with sim­i­lar in­ter­ests. A short busi­ness meet­ing will fol­low the pre­sen­ta­tion.

In ad­di­tion to his teach­ing and re­search du­ties as a pro­fes­sor of Bi­ol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Rich­mond, Dr. Hay­den also cu­rates the Univer­sity Herbar­ium and is pri­mary care provider for the plants in the De­part­ment of Bi­ol­ogy green­houses. In ad­di­tion, he is an avid home gar­dener.

The Poc­a­hon­tas Chap­ter is one of 12 Vir­ginia Na­tive Plant So­ci­ety chap­ters, and serves the coun­ties of Amelia, Charles City, Ch­ester­field, Goochland, Hanover, Hen­rico, King Wil­liam, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince Ge­orge, and the cities of Colo­nial Heights, Hopewell, Peters­burg, and Rich­mond.

In ad­di­tion to the monthly meet­ings, the chap­ter con­ducts field trips, holds a May pic­nic and wild­flower walk, hosts the an­nual Vir­ginia Na­tive Plant So­ci­ety Win­ter Work­shop, and sends a monthly news­let­ter. Mem­ber­ship in a chap­ter is avail­able to any­one who joins the Vir­ginia Na­tive Plant So­ci­ety. VNPS mem­bers en­joy the nat­u­ral world and sup­port ef­forts to pre­serve Vir­ginia’s na­tive plants. Rang­ing in age from stu­dents to se­niors, mem­bers are pro­fes­sion­als, knowl­edge­able am­a­teurs and many who are just begin­ning to learn about Vir­ginia's flora. All are wel­come.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the chap­ter and state web­sites: http:// vnps.org/poc­a­hon­tas/.

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