To help visitors identify more of the plants in the gardens, in place of the black-and-silver plant tags, I have obtained "garden tags", the same tags but with the garden name and a QR code link to the garden on Plants Map. A visitor with a smartphone (some 60% of us now have them) can pull up the garden and peruse the labelled images of the plants in the garden. We installed the garden tags at the CCC Museum, the Heritage Center and the Native Plant Garden.
After taking out a few clumps of broomsedge, we left the Native Plant Garden and visited the Bright Hope Butterfly Garden. This garden is the project of a member of Pocahontas Chapter, Virginia Master Naturalists, and is not part of our maintenance routine. Our purpose there was primarily to receive from the Friends of Pocahontas firewood crew some bucked log sections to be used for casual seating around the garden.
The final stop for today was at the Powhatan Dining Hall Garden. There we cut back the spent flower stems, pulled up the few weeds and pruned the elderberries. The only plant still flowering is a tall, showy aster which we have yet to identify. To close out the morning's work, we took a short walk into the woods to inspect a small vernal salamander pool. It had filled with water in the recent heavy rains, but was once again dry. On the walk we came across a cluster of Black Trumpet mushrooms (photo below).