November 2019 Update

Another short article to share – At the bottom of this page, please see the short article about drought tolerant plants, and share it as widely as possible.


HOAs and Condo Associations symposiums: A big success!

Around 150 people attended our two half-day events. We plant to repeat them next year. Meanwhile, many detailed suggestions and resources for community associations are on our website.


Upcoming events:

Saturday, November 16, 8 am to noon. Mount Vernon Environmental Expo, Saturday, November 16, 8 am to noon.Thursday, November 21, 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Designing for Stormwater. Alexandria.Saturday, February 8, 2020, 9 am to 3 pm. 2nd Annual Native Plants for Beginners. Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge. Registration begins December 1, 2019.


City Nature Challenge 2020 will be on April 24-27. If you are interested in taking a leadership role to help our region do well in this friendly competition, fill out this interest survey. Also let us know if you could represent Plant NOVA Natives in the leadership group. plantnovanatives@gmail.com


Next Steering Committee meeting – All are welcome! Thursday, December 5 at 10:30 am  (but please always check our Event Calendar in case there is a change.)


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


Using native plants to deal with drought (and deluges)

Neither droughts nor deluges are new to Northern Virginia, but as everyone has noticed, weather extremes are becoming more common. The prolonged drought this year that followed a wet 2018 was particularly hard on plants, as roots that have been weakened by too much water and accompanying fungi are more vulnerable the following year. When choosing which species to plant, we need to keep in mind the likelihood of these stressors repeating themselves in the future.

People living in the western part of the United States are more used to xeriscaping – planting for a dry environment – than those of us on the east coast. Lawns in California are being converted to native plantings at a rapid rate. But Virginians have been lulled by plentiful rainfall into settling for empty expanses of turf grass as the default landscaping choice, and those lawns start to look pretty peaked after weeks of drought. Fortunately, most native Virginia plants that have been installed in appropriate conditions held up quite well during our recent long dry spell. The gorgeous asters and goldenrods that define our fall landscape were no less beautiful this year. Having evolved here, they are used to both wet