Native Plant Society to host botanist and educator

The Northern Neck Chapter (NNNPS) of the Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS) will meet at noon Thursday, April 18, at Wicomico Parish Church, 5191 Jesse duPont Memorial Highway, Wicomico Church.

Botanist and educator Marion Lobstein will present “The Story of the Flora of Virginia – the Book and the App.”

“We are honored that Marion will be able to join us this month,” said NNNPS president Ted Munns. “An expert on our native wildflowers and the natural ecology of the Chesapeake Bay, she’s made extensive contributions to the new ‘Flora of Virginia’ that’s revitalizing appreciation of our native plant life and her enthusiasm for native plants is infectious.”

Lobstein is a professor emeritus of biology at the Manassas Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College, a member of the VNPS and a fellow of the Virginia Academy of Science.

“She’s also on the advisory board of directors of the Flora of Virginia Project, conducts plant identification workshops in the State Arboretum at the Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce and greatly enjoys art and travel,” said Munns.

The public is invited. Bring a brown bag lunch; some snacks and beverages will be available. The program also will feature Betsy Washington’s introduction to Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea), which can form spectacular blooms in spring and is the NNNPS Native Plant for April.