December 2020 Update

At the bottom of this page, please see the short article on­­­­­ dragonflies, and share it as widely as possible.

Ask the Experts We continue our series of interactive videoconferences in which you can ask landscape designers for advice on improving your native plantings. Submit your questions and photos ahead of time if you can. Register on our website.

o Monday, January 18, 10 am – 11 am (MLK Day): Melissa Gildea, Lotus Design and Consulting

o Topic: Shade Gardens and Gardening among Tree Roots

o Monday, February 1, 10:30-11:30 am: Jim McGlone, Virginia Department of Forestry

o Topic: Choosing and planting native trees

Recordings of previous “Ask the Expert” events can be viewed on this YouTube playlist.

Money needed for our campaign! When you give someone a Gift of Trees, the proceeds will go to the Plant NOVA Natives campaign. We will also happily accept direct donations as well. J

Training for Audubon at Home Ambassadors in Fairfax. People who have a reasonable working knowledge of common native and invasive plants in our home landscapes are invited to attend a training on December 6, 2:00 – 3:30 pm.

Arlington residents:

· Free trees: EcoAction Arlington's Tree Canopy Fund is now accepting applications from owners of private property, including single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and places of worship, to have a native tree planted on their property. The program offers a variety of native canopy tree species, which will be planted by a professional landscaper. The deadline for applications is January 9. Grants are also available for maintenance of champion trees.

· Take a survey about your vision for Arlington’s Forestry and Natural Resources Plan.

Have you planted any trees or shrubs since October 1? Please report them here. The Virginia Department of Forestry needs your help as they work to meet a goal of 28,500 new plantings before September 30, 2021. This is part of Virginia’s work to satisfy an EPA requirement to reduce run-off into the Chesapeake Bay. (The app specifies trees, but they actually want to know about shrubs as well.)