July 2020 Update

At the bottom of this page, please see the short article on­­­­­ fragrant native plants, and share it as widely as possible. Rick Darke “Lessons from the Living Landscape that is Our Home Habitat” Renowned landscape designer Rick Darke has published eight books including he Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, which he co-authored with Doug Tallamy. Monday, August 3 7:30 pm. Register here. Can you help by posting our monthly articles on NextDoor.com and/or Patch? We are looking for more folks to do this in each zip code (as a rough surrogate for neighborhoods). Please email plantnovanatives@gmail.com with your zip code to see if you are needed. Website index We have added so much new material to the Plant NOVA Natives website that it can be a challenge to find stuff. Our new site index should help. Check it out! HOAs and Condo Associations: Lots going on! Maintenance of native plantings at your HOA (or other community settings) Wednesday, August 5, 3:30-4:30 pm Landscape Designer John Magee will address questions about proper maintenance of natural landscaping and native plantings, and what you should ask of your maintenance contractors. Submit your questions and photos ahead of time if you can. Register here. HOAs and Condo Associations: Planning and Managing Common Open Space Friday, September 25 and Saturday, October 24 (choose one) 1:00 – 4:00 pm Join us for an engaging session on ecologically sustainable community master planning and land management in Loudoun County. (The examples will be from Loudoun but the information is applicable anywhere, so all are welcome. Details here. Conservation Advocacy 101 for HOAs and Condo Associations Tuesday, Sept 29: 7pm – 8:30pm or Thursday, Nov 5; 7pm – 8:30pm We can act locally in our own communities to create change. Learn how you can make a difference. You'll get a chance to think about your own community, begin developing your own action plan, and participate in breakout discussions. Requested donation $10-$20. Loudoun County HOA/Condo Association residents: Learn to lead conservation projects in your community! Dates TBD Join the Audubon Naturalist Society this fall (and beyond) for a special, free Loudoun County program to help you lead ecological change in your community. You’ll commit to two half-day workshops, a tour of green infrastructure projects in Loudoun, and to completing a conservation project. Learn more and pre-register here. Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (matching grants) – the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is taking applications from Fairfax County residents July 20-August 19. Funding is tight, but you could get paid significant money to create conservation landscaping. Applications are accepted from faith communities and community associations year round, but individual property owners must apply during this period. Details here. Next Steering Committee meeting – via videoconferencing – All are welcome. August 27, 10:30 am. Details on our