CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – A group of volunteers and members of the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont Board will gather Wednesday, December 14, starting at 9 a.m. to plant a small flower bed – the first established planting – on the site in Charlottesville’s McIntire Park where the future Garden will be located. A native Black Gum tree, shrubs and perennials, all donated by generous supporters, will be arranged around the existing the Garden sign at the intersection of Melbourne Road and the John W. Warner Parkway.

In March 2015, Charlottesville City Council approved a schematic plan for eastern McIntire Park that included the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont on 8.5 acres of the park’s property. The Botanical Garden of the Piedmont Board and the City signed a Memorandum of Agreement later that year which delineated shared responsibilities for planning, designing, building and operating the Garden. It is expected that some part of the Garden will be open in late 2018.

The Garden’s mission is to cultivate a public garden that reflects the unique character of the Piedmont region while promoting knowledge, enjoyment and conservation of native and site adapted plants through display, education and research. The Botanical Garden of the Piedmont is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. More information is available at the Garden’s website or by emailing us.