February 2021 Update

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


2021 Spring and Fall Landscaping with Natives Webinar Series

Sign-up for all 12 webinars for just $10!

Plant NOVA Natives campaign is collaborating with other campaigns across the state to offer a series of 6 webinars this spring and 6 this fall. The presentations will guide you through the why and how to turn your home garden into a beautiful retreat for your family and a native habitat for birds and other wildlife. The series kicks off on Friday, March 5 at 6:30 pm with an engaging presentation by Dr. Douglas Tallamy, renowned author of Nature's Best Hope. Details and registration here.


Help us name our tree planting campaign! We are in the initial phase of planning a region-wide tree planting campaign. Philadelphia has its TreePhilly, New York its Million Trees NYC. Send your suggestions for Northern Virginia to plantnovanatives@gmail.com. Also, for anyone who might like to help coordinate the campaign, we will be needing a boatload of volunteers, so also email if you would like more information.


Virtual presentations and workshops for your community association (Fairfax County)

Schedule a free Watch the Green Grow virtual presentation or workshop this winter or spring. Topics can include green lawn care, removing invasive plants and planting native plants, reducing pesticides, and more. Read the Watch the Green Grow StoryMap for an overview of the recommended green yard care practices. The presentation can be tailored to your group's interests and priorities. Contact tamara.sheiffer@fairfaxcounty.gov to schedule a presentation or workshop.


Mini-grants for community associations

The Audubon at Home Program will be distributing 6 one-to-one matching grants of $2,350 apiece for community associations to re-landscape their entrances using native plants. Applications are due May 31, 2020. Details and the application forms may be found here audubonva.org/neighborhood-entrances-grant.


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. Register on our website.

o Tuesday, March 9, 4pm – 5 pm: Nancy Striniste

o Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World

o Wednesday, May 5, 6:30pm – 8 pm: Maraea Harris

o Pruning Native Shrubs and Trees


Other events:

· Saturday, February 20 9:30-12:30pm. EcoSavvy Symposium: Integrating Storm Water Management in Landscape Design.

· Sunday, February 21 2pm – Talk by Kim Eierman, author of The Pollinator Victory Garden

· Saturday, March 20 9am-3:15pm – Loudoun Master Gardeners: Plant, Grow, Nurture: Gardenin