May 2020 Update

Do you enjoy our posts, on Facebook or elsewhere? If you are about to “Like” one of them, please hit “Share” instead, especially for the original material. (The same goes for Twitter and YouTube.) It is up to each of us to get the word out about how humans can contribute to the health of the local ecosystem by planting native plants.

At the bottom of this page, please see the short article on Lawn Care for Earth Renewal, and share it as widely as possible.

Sustainable Landscaping Solutions for Faith Communities videoconference  – Sunday, June 14  2 pm – 4:30 pm. Join us as we discuss how and why faith communities are using their places of worship to demonstrate stewardship of the Earth. Details and registration here. Please share that link with anyone you know who attends a faith community.

Sustainable Garden Tour starts Tuesday! This year’s event is virtual and spread out over the month of June and will consist of video tours lovingly made by eleven different gardeners. Front yard gardens and edibles are being highlighted, but many other ideas will be covered as well. Check this website for the schedule and links.

Rick Darke coming to Northern Virginia (virtually!)  “Lessons from the Living Landscape that is Our Home Habitat”

Rick Darke and his co-horticulturist wife Melinda Zoehrer have been creating and tending their home garden for more than a quarter century. The garden is a living laboratory, devoted to proving how residential landscapes can be beautiful, manageable, and joyfully livable while sustaining a vibrant diversity of plant and animal communities. In this presentation Rick will share insights and strategies from what continues to be an inspiring journey.

Rick heads RICK DARKE LLC, an independent design firm focused on conservation-based landscape design and management. His work is grounded in an observational ethic that blends art, ecology and horticulture. His projects include parks, botanic gardens, community landscapes and residential gardens. His many books include The Living landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored with Doug Tallamy. 

When: 7:30 pm Monday, August 3 Where: via Zoom Sponsors: Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) and Plant NOVA Natives. Registration will open after June 15 on the ASNV website. Questions? Email

Next Steering Committee meeting – via videoconferencing – All are welcome. Tuesday, June 30, 10:30 am. Details on our Event Calendar.

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

Lawn Care for Earth Renewal

Let’s say you want to have a nice lawn, but you also want to be a good steward of the environment. Can you do both?

It turns out the answer is “yes.” Healthy yard practices can mitigate many of the problems caused by lawns. Because turf grasses are nonnative, lawns are ecologically useless and best minimized, but they have many uses such as human and pet playing surfaces and pathways for walking, and from an aesthetic perspective they make a nice contra