What You Need To Know About The Virginia Flora Mobile App at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Thursday, 01 March, 2018


Need a little incentive to purchase and/or start using the Virginia Flora Mobile App? Come to the March 1st meeting of the Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society and learn all about the App from the Flora of Virginia Executive Director, Bland Crowder. The App features just about everything from the print Flora, as well as the new Graphic Key and a lot of new features, like photos and range maps. As expertise grows, botanists learn to leap to just the right point in the dichotomous keys. And you can fit all that information in your pocket.  

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, Richmond, VA. Start time is 7:00 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.

Crowder is an Environmental Specialist with the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, editor/owner of Shad Run Word and Graphics, and Contributing Editor to Virginia Living Magazine.

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 our flora. While some members join enthusiastically in activities, others help out occasionally or support the society solely with their memberships and their interest. All are welcome.

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

The Flora of Virginia, published in 2012, is the first flora for Virginia since 1762’s second edition of Flora Virginica, written almost entirely in Latin. The new Flora was written by Alan Weakley, of the North Carolina Botanical Garden at UNC-Chapel Hill, Chris Ludwig, chief biologist with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Division of Natural Heritage, and John Townsend, staff botanist with Natural Heritage. Bland Crowder was editor.

Creation of the Mobile App was facilitated by our five designated partners. The chief partner is the Division of Natural Heritage, which provides office space and equipment for the Flora Project administration, as well as the invaluable participation of Ludwig and Townsend. The range maps in the App are from the Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora, maintained at vaplantatlas.org by the Virginia Botanical Associates, which comprises key botanists and the curators of Virginia herbaria. The Virginia Native Plant Society has lent support through its annual fund-raisers, as well as its chapters and members. The Virginia Academy of Science set as a goal in 1926 creation of a Virginia Flora and has supported our efforts with leadership financial support. And Richmond’s Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has provided use of its herbarium space as well as meeting spaces. All partners are represented on the Flora Project’s board of directors.




Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228

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