Early Spring Bud Break at Doves Landing

posted Mar 14, 2014, 12:09 PM by Marty Nielsen

The Potowmack and Prince William Chapters of the Virginia Native Plant Society invite you to the following event:

Early Spring Bud Break at Doves Landing

Field Trip with Carrie Blair


Saturday, March 29, 2014

1 pm to 4:00 pm

Manassas, Virginia


VNPS programs are free and open to the public, but registration for field trips is required due to limited space. Details and starting point for the walk will be sent to registered participants. We will be meeting at a nearby location and carpooling to the park.

Please RSVP to https://vnps20140329.eventbrite.com.



We will study trees and other woody plants, bud, leaf and flower development and any emerging native wildflowers from an upland forest down to a floodplain extending along the Occoquan River.  There will be a brief introduction with hand-outs of terms and illustrations in the parking lot before carpooling to the site.  Waterproof boots are recommended.  Binoculars, hand lens and walking stick for a stream crossing would be helpful.  We will plan for about 3 hours including the carpooling time, but may go over if there is interest.

Our Leader:

Carrie Blair has been a board member of Piedmont Chapter for 18 years and President for 5 years.  She has been studying trees for nearly 40 years, and has served as a Virginia Master Naturalist and a Front Royal/Warren County Tree Steward, since 2010.  She has volunteered as a docent at the State Arboretum of Virginia at the Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Virginia for 20 years and has led hundreds of tree identification walks and classes.  Carrie has lived in the Marshall, Virginia area for 40 years and knows the land intimately by walking or riding horses.  Her home has five acres of gardens, a wildflower meadow and woods with over 100 species of trees and shrubs.


The Site:

Doves Landing is a new 235-acre Prince William County park located along the Occoquan River, extending a mile eastward from the confluence of Cedar Run and Broad Run upstream of Lake Jackson in Prince William County.  It provides access to a view of this beautiful river, and the gently sloping landscape and open forest comprise a moderate walk.  The site includes a one-mile buffer along the river and encompasses high quality wetland areas, significant floodplains and upland forests within the Occoquan Reservoir watershed.  The park has not yet been officially opened to the public pending a new entrance and parking lot.  In the meantime, the property has remained vacant, protecting the buffer along the river, which flows into the Occoquan Reservoir.  Doves Landing is centrally located in the county, one mile from the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Route 234.