4th Annual Native Plant Symposium – Stop Mowing, Start Growing!

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Saturday, February 12, 2022
9:00 am - 2:30 pm


Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) photo by Sue Dingwell

Whether you are new to native plants and what they can do for your property or you are looking for alternative landscaping ideas, this event is for you! Native plants can:

  • Create a beautiful yard
  • Save time so you can enjoy other activities
  • Create habitat for birds & pollinators
  • Save money on fertilizer & pesticides
  • Improve Water Quality
  • Curb Erosion

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Keynote Presentation: 9am – 10am
Natural Plant Communities, Native Plants, and You with Matt Bright

Natural Plant Communities exist all around us and are the fundamental way plant species arrange themselves in a natural setting. By understanding these arrangements and mimicking them in our own gardens and built environments we can maximize ecological value and retain a sense of place in the landscape. Matt will introduce the many resources that exist to decode the natural landscape around us including Earth Sangha’s Native Plant Compendium, Glenn Tobin’s Natural Ecological Communities of Northern Virginia, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Natural Heritage program and other resources for regions farther afield.

Breakout Sessions: 10am – 2:30pm


The cost of the event is $15. To register for the event, click “tickets” above.


There are no refunds.


All of the presentations will be recorded. Participants will be e-mailed a link to view these presentations following the event.


As we get closer to the event, you’ll be provided with zoom information. The zoom meeting will open at 8:45, 15 minutes before the keynote speaker.

View or Download Event Flyer

4th Annual Native Plant Symposium Flyer (PDF)

Event Sponsors

  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Plant NOVA Natives
  • Prince William Conservation Alliance
  • Prince William Soil & Water Conservation District
  • PWC Watershed Management Branch
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Virginia Native Plant Society
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