January 2019 Update

As always, we have a short article for you to share. Please see it below and send it out via any newsletter or social media you can think of. Feel free to adapt it for your own needs – no crediting is necessary.

Looking for a professional landscape designer? We have a list of companies that work almost exclusively with native plants. Do you know of anyone we should add (either a company, or an individual within a company?) Soon there may be many more – with the help of numerous professionals from the landscaping industry, we are planning a major outreach effort in 2019. We now have a section for professionals on our website. Serious home gardeners may find it interesting as well.

Need more details to help you choose the right plant? Much of the information we researched for landscape professionals is also available on our searchable web-based app. You can figure out which of the many oaks or pines would be right for your property, for instance, or how far apart to space plants when you are creating a groundcover.

Do you have expertise at working on vegetated roof projects? We are forming a little working group to encourage the use of native plants in this expanding industry. Email plantnovanatives@gmail.com if you can help.

Upcoming native plant sales - Several seedling sales and giveaways are starting now. Native plant sales start in March – we are updating our web page as the information comes in.

Spread the word – The bad news about threats to our ecosystem keeps piling up. The time to act is now. We hope everyone on this mailing list is spreading the word about home habitat and native plants. In addition to doing that in your own communities (we can help you with that), volunteers are needed to help with some specific projects which you can find here. And we already have three tabling events scheduled for April and expect to add others for as early as February – sign up here. No experience necessary, only enthusiasm!

iNaturalist City Nature Challenge April 26-29, 2019 - Join people across the world as we document life on earth in a gigantic citizen science project. You can do this on your own, but volunteers are also needed to host events in their communities (parks, HOAs, faith communities, school properties, etc) any time on those dates to take photos of all living things present and document them on iNaturalist. This is a great opportunity to inspire people to take action on their own properties to protect the local wildlife that they observe. Learn more here.

Five thousand Guides are waiting to be sold – We sold out the last batch and ordered more from a new printer, which allows us to lower the price to non-profit organizations who buy ten or more copies ($3.50 each). For individuals and for-profit companies purchasing ten or more copies, the price is $4 each. See our “store” for details.

Educational events

· PWC Native Plant Symposium for Beginners (Beginners only)

o Sat, February 23, 2019 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

· Prince William - Balancing Natives and Ornamentals in Your Garden

o Saturday, February 23, 1:00-3:00pm

o Old Historic Manassas Courthouse, Manassas

o This lecture from the Master Gardeners of Prince William Education Committee discusses the benefits of native plants and features 25 specimen plants. The lecture is led by Keith Tomlinson of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. This is a free program, but please register by