March 2021 Update

Updated: Oct 14

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

Almost time to start planting! Our native plant-only nurseries are opening soon if not already, as are the conventional nurseries where our volunteers put red stickers on the native plants. Information has been slowly trickling in about local native plant sales as well. Find locations on our website under “Get Plants.”

Our tree campaign is starting to take shape – We are planning a five year campaign to significantly increase the numbers of trees (and shrubs) in Northern Virginia. The campaign will include publicity for the general public as well as outreach to corporations, who will be asked to add trees and shrubs to their campuses and also to support vulnerable communities who would like to add trees and other natural climate adaptations to their neighborhoods. Increasing the tree canopy importantly includes taking steps to preserve the ones we have. We are starting to assemble teams to plan out the details, so email if you would like to be involved. We need a lot of people to help with publicity, outreach to corporations, and outreach to groups that represent vulnerable communities. You are also welcome to participate in our kickoff organizational meeting on March 18, 10:30-12:15 am.

City Nature Challenge is coming! – Anyone can enjoy uploading photos to iNaturalist, anytime, helping to document life on Earth. From April 30-May 3, the DC area will be participating with over 200 other metropolitan areas worldwide in a friendly competition to see who can observe the most wild species of plants, animals and other life. Last year over 41,000 people participated. Learn more here.

Mini-grants for community associations

The Audubon at Home Program will be distributing six 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.

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.

Tuesday, March 9, 4pm – 5 pm: Nancy StrinistemCreating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World

Wednesday, May 5, 6:30pm – 8 pm: Maraea Harris, Pruning Native Shrubs and Trees

Other events:

Saturday, March 20 9am-3:15pm – Loudoun Master Gardeners: Plant, Grow, Nurture: Gardening in Rhythm with Nature

Next Steering Committee meeting – via videoconferencing – All are welcome. April 8, 10:00am-12:00pm. Check our Event Calendar for future meetings.

This month’s newsletter article to share – Please distribute as widely as possible. Use this link for social media.

Planting in pots for easy butterfly viewing