Wild Chervil

WildChervilVWeberPest Overview and Identification:

CAUTION! This plant contains toxins that cause minor skin irritation.  When treating, wear appropriate clothing to prevent resinous substances from contacting skin.

Wild chervil is a member of the Apiaceae, or carrot, family.  It produces a thick taproot that can be up to 2 m long.  Its hollow stems grow up to 1.5 m tall and are branched, ridged, and pubescent and often have a slightly purplish hue at the base.  Leaves are often characterized as fern-like, 2-3 pinnately compound, often dentate, and pubescent on the underside.  Each leaf clasps the stem with a somewhat inflated, slightly pubescent sheath.  Wild chervil forms a compound umbel up to 6 cm in diameter with notched, creamy-white petals and tiny sepals.  Seeds are small and shiny, dark brown or black.

Although generally considered a monocarpic, rosette-forming, biennial, under certain conditions wild chervil can behave as a perennial.  When individuals are mown or grazed prior to flowering, they will reproduce vegetatively, as side rosettes until they are able to flower.   In Vermont, wild chervil begins to grow immediately following snow-melt.  It flowers by late May and early June, with seeds maturing in late June and July.  As the seeds mature, the flowering stems die, leaving brown stalks bearing seeds that gradually fall from the plants throughout the summer.  The basal rosette of leaves grows throughout the season, until it is covered by the first snow of winter.  Vegetative reproduction occurs throughout the growing season, with young plantlets budding from the root crown, to which they remain attached throughout the first year.

Reproductive Strategy / Lifecycle:

Wild chervil reproduces mainly by seed and can briefly re-sprout from root buds. Large white umbels bloom in late May to June. Each flower of the umbel produces two joined seeds.


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White House Announcing New Steps to Promote Pollinator Health

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From the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy:

Pollinators are critical to the Nation’s economy, food security, and environmental health. Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year, and helps ensure that our diets include ample fruits, nuts, and vegetables. This tremendously valuable service is provided to society by honey bees, native bees and other insect pollinators, birds, and bats.

That’s why last June, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing an interagency Task Force to create a Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. Today, under the leadership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Task Force is releasing its Strategy, with three overarching goals:

  1. Reduce honey bee colony losses to economically sustainable levels;
  2. Increase monarch butterfly numbers to protect the annual migration; and
  3. Restore or enhance millions of acres of land for pollinators through combined public and private action
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Annual Bloom-Time Festival and Open House was held at UVM’s Horticulture Research and Education Center


5/16/15: The 20th Annual Bloom-Time Festival and Open House was held at UVM’s Horticulture Research and Education Center in South Burlington on Saturday. Organized by the Friends of the Horticultural Farm, visitors toured the blooming lilacs, crab apple trees and magnolias.   Click here to view video.

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Feds quarantine New York-Vermont border to stem flow of invasive emerald ash borer


May 18, 2015

Times Union

By Brian Nearing


The state’s new system to confront the invasive emerald ash borer, which relies on quarantine zones drawn around forests known to be infested, is unique among the 25 states in the eastern U.S. where the ash-devouring pest is found.

As a consequence of no longer lining up with federal control rules, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has added the border between New York and uninfested Vermont to a federal quarantine zone, which will bar transport of ash that up this point has been unfettered.
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Forest Pest First Detector Training

Counts for EMG continuing ed. hours

Saturday, June 13th, 9:30am – 4:15pm, Montpelier

Enjoy spending time outdoors? Concerned about the health of Vermont’s forests? Then we need YOUR help! First Detector volunteers are our front-line defense against invasive tree pest infestations.  The Vermont Forest Pest First Detector Program is hosting a FREE volunteer training session on Saturday June 13th, 2015. We are training volunteers to (1) inform the public about the tangible threat Vermont’s primary pests pose (namely the Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, and hemlock woolly adelgid), (2) prepare their communities for a response in the event of an infestation, and (3) screen potential pest sightings. Early detection of invasive pests mitigates the economic and ecological impact to forests and prevents pest populations from becoming established in the state.    Questions or to register, contact Gwen Kozlowski at or 802-656-6646 by June 9th.

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Extension Master Gardener Tour: Hildene Peony Gardens Sunday, June 7th

organized by the Central Chapter; all Vermont Master Gardeners are welcome to attend

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015

Time:  2 pm until 4:30 pm (attendees can leave earlier as needed)

Agenda:          2 pm – Arrive (please note that times are approximate…depending on questions, etc.)

2 pm -2:30 pm Coffee & Tea, Cookies and Presentation about the Gardens (and how they manage the peonies) and Robert Todd Lincoln’s home, Hildene

2:30 pm -4:30 pm Tour Gardens and  Home (Group will be divided, some will start with Gardens, others with the Home)

Cost: $22/person – each person pays his/her own way. Please bring a check made to “Hildene Gardens” or cash.

Transportation: Arrange on your own (suggest carpools as convenient)

Number of people they can handle for this event: 50-60

Let Patricia Cox Sainsbury know if you are interested: She will send Hildene an estimate of the number of attendees on Friday, May 29th. Please let her know by then if you plan to attend. Email: pjcsainsbury@me.com

Will cancel if tons of rain – Cancelation date will be by 9 pm, Saturday, June 6. Will send an e-mail only if tour is cancelled.

Chapter sponsored event:  counts for either ed. or vol. hours. (Does not count driving time.)

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Across the Fence

Friday, May 22nd An Expert’s Guide to New Annual Flowers –Leonard Perry, UVM Extension Horticulturist
Tune in to WCAX Channel 3 at 12:10 pm. Watch shows online shortly after they air, at:   http://www.uvm.edu/extension/atfence/?page_id=22

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Across the Fence

Monday, May 11th Kicking off the Gardening Season with UVM Extension Horticulturist Leonard Perry

Friday, May 15th Vermont Farm to Plate: Food Recovery and Compost –Rachel Carter, Vermont Farm to Plate, and Pat Sagui, Composting Association of Vermont
Tune in to WCAX Channel 3 at 12:10 pm. Watch shows online shortly after they air, at:   http://www.uvm.edu/extension/atfence/?page_id=22

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Across the Fence

Friday, May 8th Research and Education on the Vermont Honeybee and other Pollinators –Sid Bosworth, UVM Extension Agronomist, and Chas Mraz, Champlain Valley Apiaries   Tune in to WCAX Channel 3 at 12:10 pm. Watch shows online shortly after they air, at:   http://www.uvm.edu/extension/atfence/?page_id=22

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Vermont Recognizes National Garden Month

From the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets:

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared April to be “National Gardening Month,” and Vermont has much to celebrate. Although garden season gets a later start in Vermont, our state has a vibrant, active, gardening culture.

“Vermonters care very deeply about where their food comes from,” said Vermont’s Ag Secretary, Chuck Ross. “So it is no surprise that gardens play an important role here in our state.”

According to the Vermont Community Garden Network (VCGN), our state has more than 400 community gardens. Located at schools, parks, and shared spaces across the state, these community gardens provide many benefits. VCGN notes that community gardens help neighbors develop friendships and support systems, allow children to try (and like!) new foods, build awareness of environmental issues, and help transform neglected land into productive space that provides fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables. http://vcgn.org/

Vermont also has a robust network of Master Gardeners. Since the University of Vermont Extension founded the Master Gardener program in 1991, more than 3,000 Vermonters have completed the course, which includes 45 hours of instruction in plant and soil science. Students are also required to complete a 40 hour internship, focused on garden projects that benefit the community. Currently, there are more than 900 certified Extension Master Gardeners in the state, who are actively servicing their communities by performing outreach and education activities (minimum of 20 hours annual service to their communities). http://www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/

Vermont also has one of the nation’s most robust Farm-to-School programs – 89% of Vermont schools report that they participate in Farm-to-School programming. Gardens are an important part of the curriculum for many of these schools.

This is the first year National Gardening Month has been recognized by the USDA.  Secretary Tom Vilsack signed the official declaration earlier this month. However, the National Gardening Association (NGA), headquartered right here in Vermont (Williston), has been promoting National Gardening Month as an awareness-building opportunity for many years. Founded in 1972, The NGA is a Vermont-based national non-profit that advocates for garden-based education. To date, The NGA has supported more than 10,000 school and youth garden programs across the globe. https://assoc.garden.org/

Despite the relatively short growing season, garden culture is thriving in Vermont. And with more daylight and warmer weather ahead, Vermonters will have many opportunities to get outside and get gardening this season.

About the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets: VAAFM facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.  www.Agriculture.Vermont.Gov


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