The Awkward Relationship Between Homo sapiens And Planet Earth

Scott's Run , a VNPS Registry site.  Photo: Laura Beaty

I, as do so many of you, present lectures and workshops to a wide range of people in which we are encouraging them to become familiar with the local flora, to plant native plants that require less water, to plant and conserve those species that are important to insects, birds and other animal species, a… [Read More]

Landscape Design for Biodiversity Education and Restoration

Gifts for our children: Education and Hope!

Part I. ¬†Hope ~Paying attention to local natural systems teaches us how to bring forth the hidden potential of nature in areas where others have lost hope.¬† During our ecosystem surveys one of the primary things we find is hope. Although 300 years of landscape degradation have had a profound negative effect on the biodiversity… [Read More]

The Importance of Preserving Our Natural Areas

Shenandoah National Park in the 1930s.

This year members of the Virginia Native Plant Society will continue their support of natural area preservation throughout the state. These efforts take place at the local and regional level, and VNPS as a whole will focus on raising funds to support land acquisition to expand the Cedars Area Natural Area Preserve. The importance of… [Read More]