January Update

Updated: Jan 17, 2020

Another short article to share – At the bottom of this page, please see the short article about planting for winter interest and share it as widely as possible.

HOAs and Condo Associations – We are repeating our very successful “Sustainable Solutions to Landscaping Headaches” symposium on Friday, March 6. All are welcome – be sure to invite all the decision makers from your community, such as the Board members, Architectural Review Board, professional managers, etc. Details and registration here. Our previous events were attended by nearly 200 people representing over 60 community associations, but we still have hundreds to go!

May we borrow your pop-up canopy tent? Every once in a while we get invited to outdoor events to set up a booth and have to risk getting rained on. It would help us a lot if we knew several people scattered around Northern Virginia who would allow a volunteer to borrow their tent for the day. Email plantnovanatives@gmail.com.

Crowd-sourcing deer-resistance information – Help us make our data more specific to Northern Virginia by filling out the deer survey on our web page, which includes a list of the deer resistance of native plants. This information is also in our plant search app.

Trees for your Valentine?

Honor your friends and family members with tree seedlings to be planted in their name in Fairfax County. Once planted, the recipients will be able to see their location on a map. All proceeds go to support the Plant NOVA Natives outreach. www.reforestfairfax.com/

Events in need of volunteers – To staff all the events to which we are invited in 2020, we’ll need around thirty of you to spend a few hours at tables telling people about why native plants are such a good idea. No experience necessary! Find events and sign up here. Many more opportunities will be added as we learn about them.

Virginia Native Plant Society – Potowmack Chapter Listserv – All are welcome to join this group to share information and ideas about native plants. To view the Potowmack messages archives, other content and to join the group, visit https://vnps.groups.io/g/potowmack. Or just send a blank email to potowmack+subscribe@vnps.groups.io.

New Facebook Group for Community Associations – We have added a public Facebook Group for people who would like to share ideas and questions about helping our community associations to become habitat-friendly. Look it up under “Plant NOVA Natives Community Associations Group.” We also have a group for faith communities called “Sowing Seeds of Stewardship (NOVA).”

Upcoming educational events:

· Wednesday, February 5, 7pm – 9 pm. Amaze Your Friends and Impress your HOA with Native Plants. Ashburn Library.