HOAs and Condo Associations:

Sustainable solutions to landscaping headaches

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NVCC Annandale campus

Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center

(Upstairs in Building CE on this map)
In The Forum meeting room
Center Drive, Annandale, VA 22003
Guests and visitors must park in visitor or metered spaces.


Lots B13, B14, and B15 have been reserved for free parking for this symposium. If you park elsewhere, you risk getting a parking ticket or must seek paid metered parking spaces.

Questions? plantnovanatives@gmail.com


Is your community association board dealing with erosion or flooding problems? Is your property management company paying to maintain a lot of lawn that is not being used? Is your landscaping committee looking for ways to beautify community property while supporting birds and butterflies?

Unused lawns. Impervious surface. Heavier rain storms. Invasive introduced plants. These are just some of the reasons for our degrading suburban and urban environments. But planting native plants can help address these problems while improving the overall beauty, sustainability, and ecology of our area.

In this symposium, you’ll:

  • Start to develop a plan to upgrade your community's green infrastructure

  • Learn about the role of native plants in sustainable landscape solutions

  • Learn about the resources available for investing in ecologically focused community projects

  • Learn how to work with your community bylaws, handbook, or committees to ensure successful projects

  • Hear success stories from local communities 

  • Wrap up the day by talking to a variety of experts in the field during the “Ask the Experts” postering session

For this half-day symposium, we’ll provide snacks, but bring a bag lunch if you like. 


  • 9:15am - 10am

    • Check-in / registration

    • Ask the Experts - bring your questions!

  • 10am - 11am

    • Common-property issues communities face

    • Solutions native plants provide

    • Plant NOVA Natives

    • How to approach sustainable landscape designs (ideas & resources)

    • Q&A (5 min)

  • 11:00 - 11:30 - More Ask the Experts

  • 11:30 - 12:00

    • How community association decisions are made

    • Q&A (5 min)

  • 12:00pm - 12:45pm - Examples of challenges and best practices from Reston Association

  • 12:45pm - 1pm - Q&A & closing remarks

  • Our three speakers

      -Renee Grebe - General questions

      -Erik Fox - Community association governance practices

      -Claudia Thompson-Deahl - Reston Association

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