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Fire Pink (Silene virginica), the New River Chapter Flower

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News & Updates

  • VNPS New River Chapter May Meeting, Tuesday, May 14th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Red Spruce in Central Appalachia: A Nexus of Climate Adaptation and Restoration with Will Evans, via Zoom only (please register here for link)
  • Looking for Native Plants? View 2024 Plant Sales and Nurseries in the New River Valley area.
  • We meet the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.  Meetings this winter/spring are at the Blacksburg Rec Center, 725 Patrick Henry.  See Upcoming Events for more info about our programs.
  • View the new January 2024 edition of the New River News. Lots of information about upcoming programs, meetings, and other events! 9-12-2023
  • A Guide to Gardening with Southwest Virginia Native Plants is now live and ready to support your planting efforts.  Download here.  Free hard copies will be available at New River Chapter VNPS meetings.  The Guide is also available for free throughout SWVA at many libraries, state parks and more.  Click here for list.  If you live outside of SWVA or it's inconvenient for you to pick up, you can purchase online from VNPS to have it shipped directly to you for $9.
  • Plant SWVA Natives has a new email address.  Reach out or subscribe at their webpage.
  • Pages with info about native plant nurseries in the NRV area and their sales and resources for pollinator gardens are available.  Go to Resources on the main menu.
  • Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas book is available at our meetings and online.  Go to the Donate page to order online.
  • Chapter meetings since 2020 can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.  Samples include How to support nature while preparing your garden for winter (September 2020), the Flora of Virginia Mobile App overview (January 2021), and Biology and management of invasive aquatic plants in the New River basin (November 2022).
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