December 2019 Update

Another short article to share – At the bottom of this page, please see the short article about native plants in commercial spaces and share it as widely as possible.

2019: Another big year for promoting native plants!

The hundreds of volunteers involved in spreading the word about native plants have been very busy in 2019. In addition to the outreach done by the many partnering organizations, the Plant NOVA Natives campaign organized the following:

Website additions, including new sections for community associations and landscape professionals. The website was visited 36,000 times in 2019 by 23,000 unique visitors.Red stickers on native plants at 20 garden centers with the help of 46 volunteersSymposiums

Our first symposium for landscape professionalsA training for volunteers attended by 75 peopleTwo symposiums for community associationsOur third annual meeting of partnering organizations, attended by 50 leadersSocial media

Over 2,500 followers on Facebook5 Facebook ads, generating 5,000 link postings in 36 neighborhoods reaching hundreds of thousands of peopleA team of artists to reach people through artEvents

Tables at 26 eventsNumerous presentations to groupsOutreach materials

Sold over 800 Native Plants for Northern Virginia guides11 new videos for our YouTube channelPublished and distributed 11 short, shareable articles that were seen by thousands of peopleDisplays at Prince William librariesPromoted City Nature Challenge 2019

Give the gift of trees!

Reforest Fairfax has some new partners along with a new web address and website just in time for the holiday season. While Fairfax ReLeaf will continue its mission of planting native trees, proceeds from Reforest Fairfax will now go to Plant NOVA Natives to support our mission of outreach, education and promotion of restoration using native plants. Honor your friends and family members with tree seedlings to be planted in their name. Once planted, the recipients will be able to see their location on a map.

Thank you, Corey Miles!

As co-chair of Plant NOVA Natives, Corey has shepherded Plant NOVA Natives from its beginning. She will continue with the campaign but is stepping back as co-chair. Joanne Hutton is taking her place as co-chair along with Alan Ford.

Upcoming events:

Saturday, December 28 – Deadline for applications for Fairfax Master Naturalists spring training.Saturday, February 8, 9 am to 3 pm - Stop Mowing, Start Growing - 2nd Annual Native Plants for Beginners. Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge. Registration begins soon.Sunday, February 23, 3-5pm -  Manassas Park Community Center. Doug Tallamylecture.Friday, March 6 -  “Native Plants for Landscaping Headaches” symposium for HOAs and Condo associations (our third time presenting this material.) Location TBD.

Next Steering Committee meeting – All are welcome! Tuesday, January 14 at 10:30 am (but please always check our Event Calendar in case there is a change.)

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