Quest for the Best: Plant Exploration
Follow horticulturist Karen Rexrode as she traces the travels of 19th century plant explorers through Japan, China and Korea, where many of today's favorite plants originated. Funded by botanical gardens and arboreta covetous of new species, these explorers were forced to employ cunning in their competing quests for the same plant material. Hear the stories of some of the most successful collectors and some of the plants we have grown to love at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.
Australia Day Celebration
G'day mate! Celebrate Australia Day with traditional stories, games, and songs and meet a native animal at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy an Australian taste treat. Learn to speak Australian from our own Australian naturalist. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.
Drummers and Drillers
As they drum and drill on trees, woodpeckers are ridding our yards and woodlands of ants, wasps, and grubs. Watch a variety of woodpeckers on the suet feeders at Huntley Meadows Park from 10 a.m. to noon and learn how to attract them to your yard. You might glimpse a flicker on its mission to eat a thousand insects in a day! The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.