Entries by Janet Quinn

Board of Supervisors Approves a Major Initiative to Enhance County Properties with Native Plants!

Members of Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) won a big victory on June 9 when the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an amendment to the county’s comprehensive plan to apply natural landscaping to county properties. This will formalize natural landscaping as official policy for the county and is the culmination of many […]

Lessons from the Living Landscape — Our Home Habitat: Webinar, August 3rd

With: Rick Darke When: Monday, August 3, 7:30 PMFee Options: $5, $10 or $15To register, click here.  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 […]

Butterflies, Waterwise Gardening, Groundcovers and more – Webinars abound!

The Hospitable GardenerWhen: July 17, 10-11:30amAre you interested in inviting butterflies to visit your garden? This talk will help you learn how to be a good host to Lepidoptera, providing cultural tips and plant suggestions to help your winged guests feel at home. Learn more and register. GroundcoversWhen: July 22, 11am-12pmDo you have spots in […]

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve Service Opportunities

7400 Georgetown Pike (use 7500 for GPS location)Great Falls, VA Cleanup Days Scott’s Run Nature Preserve is an ecologically and globally unique preserve and home to remarkable plants and wildlife. Join their Stewardship team and partake in their upcoming volunteer cleanups. Volunteers under 14 years old must volunteer with a parent/guardian. Limited spots per event […]

At-Home Citizen Science Projects

Photo (c) by Barbara J. Saffir Virginia may be in Phase 2 of re-opening but many volunteers will continue to stay home, especially those in high risk groups. For those who are looking for home-based opportunities, Virginia Master Naturalists has compiled a list of ideas for citizen science projects. • CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, […]

Green Spring Gardens Gate Plant Shop is Open

Enjoy their simple, phone-in/curbside pick-up shopping experience to sate that pent-up demand for Green Spring’s outstanding seasonal selections of perennials, woodies and annuals. 1.Download this week’s plant list/order form to make your selections. (New plant lists published each Thursday so check back for new offerings.) 2.Phone in your order at 703.642.5173. Please have your completed […]

Gardening Opportunities in Fairfax County Parks

Both Hidden Oaks Nature Center and Riverbend Park seek volunteers to “adopt a spot” or “adopt a native plant” gardens in the parks. These independent, outdoor service projects offer plenty of safe physical distancing. Additional gardens will be available later in the summer. See descriptions below for details and contact. Hidden Oaks Nature Center projects […]

Lawn Care for Earth Renewal

Article by Plant NOVA Natives staff 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, […]