* Bio for Catherine Zimmerman
An award-winning director of photography, celebrates her 40th year as a documentary filmmaker, working primarily on education and environmental issues. Environmental videos of hers include global warming documentaries for CNN Presents and New York Times Television; Save Rainforests/Save Lives, Freshfarm Markets, Wildlife Without Borders: Connecting People and Nature in the Americas, and America’s Sustainable Garden: United States Botanic Garden.
Catherine is also a certified horticulturist and landscape designer based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She is accredited in organic land care through the Northeast Organic Farmers Association and has designed and taught a course in organic landscaping for the USDA Graduate School Horticulture program.
In writing the book and filming the video, Urban & Suburban Meadows, Catherine created a stunning and enticing introduction to meadowscaping that will encourage her readers do away with pesticides, reduce lawn and return their land to a beautiful, natural habitat for native plants and wildlife. Catherine’s latest film release, Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home, is a collaboration with Dr. Douglas Tallamy. The documentary explores how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local eco-systems. Included are inspiring stories of habitat heroes across the countries, who are working to bring back nature in their hometowns.
Catherine hopes that these projects will help fire up the movement toward making natural landscapes the new landscaping norm.
*** Bio for Mark Sutphin Sr. Extension Agent, ANR
Unit Coordinator Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources Horticulture
** Bio for Iara Lacher, PhD
An advocate of native plants for nearly twenty years, Dr. Lacher brings the knowledge and experience from degrees in botany, environmental science, management and ecology to Seven Bends Nursery and its customers. She is established in conservation and planning circles in this region through her research at the Smithsonian Institution, where she worked to connect her science to policy in order to help achieve sustainability goals. Iara’s knowledge of native plants, ecological systems, and plant physiology make her a useful resource as you introduce native plants into your landscape, ensuring you get a garden that is both beautiful and ecologically functional. She hopes to empower individuals to make positive environmental changes and inspire environmental conservation.
Big Cut 10/19
Community Cut 10/20
Community Cut 10/21
Audio tour 8/21
Observation Platform 11/21
Visitor Brochure 1/22
New and updated signage
2019 WCGC was the recipient of the Garden Club of America's Founder's Fund Award and of Garden Club of Virginia Bessie Bocock Carter Conservation Award for its work on the Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve.
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In October 2020 WCGC held a plaque dedication for the 2019 GCA Founders Fund Award. Guests attending were Sally Anderson, VP of the Virginia Native Plant Society and James Smith, president of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society.
A Time for Restoration