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WVBG hosts class for ‘Outlander’ fans

MORGANTOWN — Are you looking for summer weekend activities? Check out the West Virginia Botanic Garden (WVBG) at 1061 Tyrone Road.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, join WVBG Volunteer Coordinator Kay Jones and fellow Outlander fans to discuss how author Diana Gabaldon uses flowers to enhance this love story of 1743. Some references will be made about how some of the flowers were used medicinally. Get a free map of locations of the TV series for seasons 1, 2, and 3 in Scotland and enjoy some Scottish treats. Free for WVBG members; $15 for non-members.

At 10 a.m. June 16, learn about the “Return of a Champion: Efforts to Restore the American Chestnut.” American chestnut was an important component of eastern forests a century ago. It was prized for its rapid growth and was used for telephone poles, railroad ties, fence posts, house construction and tannins for tanning hides. A fungus from Asia was inadvertently imported into the port at New York City in 1904 and within 50 years, the fungus killed 10 billion chestnut trees. This program led by Mark Double, of WVU, details the history of American chestnut and the efforts being conducted to return this champion tree to our eastern forests. Most appropriate for adults. Free for WVBG members; $15 for non-members.

At 1 p.m. June 16, poet and gardener Mary Lucille DeBerry will read an array of gardening poetry. For ages 12 and above. Free for WVBG members, $15 for non-members.