Photo: Lay of the land

Photo by Larry “Bud” Meyer
Photo by Larry “Bud” Meyer

The Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) drew a crowd to the Theatre in Washington Oct. 27 with an excellent visual program on land management (shown here, from left: RLEP founder Phil Irwin, Janet Davis of Hill House Nursery, Even Blumenstein of the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District and Sam Quinn of the Farm at Sunnyside). CSWCD’s Blumenstein discussed varieties of local soils, types of plants that can be grown and advice on how to properly build and maintain your soil. Davis followed with much more than a list and photos of native plants (favored by local insects which feed local songbirds) by explaining how to blend for cover, food and shelter for a beautiful and living landscape, and the program concluded with biologist Quinn’s show of how Sunnyside transformed dull pasture or overgrowth to a fabulous meadow of wildflowers sustaining quail, rabbits, frogs, native insects and birds. For related printed information or to get notice of future forums, email or call 540-675-RLEP.

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