June 2020 Update

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

More volunteers needed to help at garden centers

Can you spare a little time every few weeks to help out at participating garden centers, putting red stickers on the Virginia native plants? This is a hugely helpful service and fun to do. Email plantnovanatives@gmail.com.

Rick Darke coming to Northern Virginia (virtually!)

 “Lessons from the Living Landscape that is Our Home Habitat”

A well-known landscape designer, Rick Darke has published eight books including The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, which he co-authored with Doug Tallamy.

When: 7:30 pm Monday, August 3 Where: via Zoom Register here: A small fee is being charged to cover costs.

Couch Advocacy 101: How to Be an Environmental Advocate During a Pandemic Thursday, July 9; 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Learn how to advocate effectively for the environment and to take action on environmental issues while being physically distant from others as we battle this global pandemic. From the Audubon Naturalist Society.

Audubon-at-Home visits are starting again! Invite a volunteer Audubon-at-Home ambassador to walk your property with you and strategize about how to create wildlife habitat and a certified wildlife sanctuary. Eligible properties include residences, places of worship, homeowners associations, businesses, schools, etc.

Worried about pesticides? If you would like to help get the word out (via social media or other communications) about the risks of spraying for mosquitoes and ticks, contact Joan McIntyre jfmcintyre57@gmail.com to get on a distribution list to send out educational material periodically.

Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (matching grants) 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.

VNPS-Potowmack plant sales have restarted. Neonic-free native plants are available for purchase Every Wednesday 10 am – 1 pm at Green Spring Gardens behind the visitor center.

Natural Landscaping plan adopted by Fairfax County!

Recent landscaping projects at County facilities have been done with natural landscaping. The process has now been formalized in the Comprehensive Plan by the Board of Supervisors.  The wording is