April 2017 update

Updated: Apr 25, 2018


As usual, we have a new article for you to circulate. See below. Please send it out to all your groups (particularly groups who don’t already know all about native plants! For example, if everyone reading this sends it out to their wider neighborhood on NextDoor.com, we would blanket the region.)


Many, many volunteers needed for tabling – please sign up here. No experience necessary!

4/22 Burke Centre Conservancy Earth Day

4/25 Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale campus) Green Festival

4/25 School Environmental Action Showcase at George Mason University

4/29 Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale

4/29 Prince William Compost Awareness Day

4/29 Alexandria Earth Day

5/7 Huntley Meadows Wetland Awareness Day

5/20 Mason Neck State Park Eagle Festival


Upcoming screenings of Hometown Habitat (Could you plan a screening of your own?)

4/19, 7 pm Crossroads United Methodist Church, Ashburn

4/26, 7 pm Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. Click here for details.

4/29 Alexandria Native Plants Sale. The introductory segment will loop all morning, then the complete movie will start at noon.


Free tree and shrub seedlings from Fairfax ReLeaf. Click here to see the species available (while supplies last).


Seeking a volunteer to help with grant applications. As our grant from the Coastal Zone Management program will be expiring in a few months, we hope to find other grant sources to fund the campaign. If you can help with that search, please email plantnovanatives@gmail.com.


Next steps for weed ordinances – can you help in your jurisdiction? Now that the Northern Virginia Regional Commission has adopted model language for weed ordinances, the next step is to take it to the local jurisdictions and ask them to incorporate it into their regulations. We would also like to encourage each jurisdiction to include language in the next update of its Comprehensive Plan that requires government agencies to use only native plants and reduce lawn in public spaces, and to work on expanding the Conservation Corridors.