Blue Ridge PRISM Invasive Plant Workshops

Invasive plants are quickly overwhelming many properties by tearing down the forest canopy and overtaking native trees, shrubs, and ground cover. Understanding what invasive plants exist on the landscape and what it will take to control them can often feel overwhelming. Blue Ridge PRISM’s invasive plant workshops will enable you to learn how to confidently identify and manage invasive plants.

Showing fruit of burning bush during a PRISM field session, taken in mid-October.
photo by Irene Upshur

Our workshops are seasonally focused and content differs between workshops offered in the spring, summer, and fall.

Topics covered in our workshops include:

  • Identifying invasive plants
  • Which invasive plants you can best control now
  • Which invasive plants you should treat later
  • Best seasonal practices for each invasive
  • Using manual & mechanical control methods
  • Methods for controlling invasive plants with herbicides
  • Choosing the right herbicide and equipment, and using them properly
  • Planning a work schedule with best timings for multiple plants

Register for Spring Workshops!

Blue Ridge PRISM’s 2021 Spring Workshop is a blend of two virtual sessions and an optional in-person field session. Register for the virtual sessions or a field session or both!

Join PRISM’s knowledgable staff and volunteers in the field to learn invasive plant ID, herbicide safety, and a how-to for manual/chemical control techniques. Both field sessions will offer the same content. Space is limited.

Dates for the virtual sessions and dates/locations for the spring field sessions will be announced in early 2022.

Please Note Field Sessions: Long pants, close toe shoes, and masks will be required to participate in the in-person field session. NO EXCEPTIONS. The in-person field sessions will be held rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Blue Ridge PRISM reserves the right to cancel the event in the case of severe weather, insufficient ticket sales, or restrictions due to the COVID 19 Pandemic (refunds will be issued in these instances).


Quarterly Meetings

Blue Ridge PRISM Quarterly Meetings are free and open to everyone. Each meeting offers a short update on PRISM activities followed by guest speaker(s) or panel discussion on an invasive plant topic.


Early January 2022– Winter Invasive Control Activities with Expert Panel Q&A

Join Blue Ridge PRISM for our 2022 Winter Meeting. There will be an update of recent PRISM activities by Rod Walker, Blue Ridge PRISM President followed by your questions to our expert panel on how to control invasive plants during the winter.

Day and time to be announced soon. Updates will be posted here and on Blue Ridge PRISM’s Facebook.


Additional Training Opportunities!

Blue Ridge PRISM’s Rod Walker will be teaching to invasive management sessions through Albemarle County Public Schools’ Open Doors. Rod’s sessions are scheduled for September 28 and October 26, 2021. Topics will include:

  • How to identify and treat some of the most common and destructive invasive plants in this area
  • Pros and cons of different methods to remove invasive plants
  • What methods can be used in late fall and over the winter
  • Where to obtain various kinds of assistance
  • Discussion of where to source equipment and herbicides
  • Availability of additional training and information

Visit Open Doors to learn more about these sessions and register.

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards: Tree Basics Class

Winter Invasive Plant ID and Treatment

The Winter Invasive Plants offered to the public by Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards (CATS) is a blend of two virtual sessions and an optional in-person field session. Register for the virtual sessions or the field session individually or take them all. The first virtual presentation on the evening of Tuesday, November 2 from 7:00 to 9:00, introduces participants to invasive plants and their identification. On Thursday, November 4 from 7:00 to 9:30 the second virtual session will cover invasive plant control methods.

An in-person field session will be held in Charlottesville’s Azalea Park on Saturday, November 6, from 10:00 to noon. Join knowledgeable CATS volunteers in the field to for a discussion of sample invasive plants, introduction to a wide range of tools that make treatment efficient and effective and details on herbicide options, use and safety.