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2020 Research Grant Application Period Closes
March 16, 2020

2020 Research Grant Application Period Closes
March 16, 2020

2020 Research Grant Application Period Closes
March 16, 2020

Photo by National Park Service

Photo by National Park Service

Photo by National Park Service

Ceanothus americanus - VNPS 2019 Wildflower of the Year - Photo by Betty Truax

2020 Wildflower of the Year: Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

2020 Wildflower of the Year: Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

2020 Wildflower of the Year: Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Photo by W. John Hayden

Photo by W. John Hayden

Photo by W. John Hayden

Ceanothus americanus - VNPS 2019 Wildflower of the Year - Photo by Betty Truax
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Mountains with Flame Azaleas

Mountains with Flame Azaleas

Mountains with Flame Azaleas

Photo by Nancy Vehrs

Photo by Nancy Vehrs

Photo by Nancy Vehrs

Ceanothus americanus - VNPS 2019 Wildflower of the Year - Photo by Betty Truax
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Eupatorium at Bull Run

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

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Register Now for the 2020 Annual Workshop in Charlottesville on Saturday, March 14.

• An updated version of the popular Wildflowers for Butterfly Gardens brochure is now available to download.

• The 2020 Research Grant Application Period deadline has been extended to March 16, 2020. View more information and apply.

• VNPS Funded Research Reveals Which Trees are Dying and Why

• Piedmont Chapter Curlyheads Flower T-Shirts are now available for sale! These are beautiful shirts though in limited quantities.

• VNPS Member Harry Glasgow Honored by Prince William Conservation Alliance.

• The VNPS mourns the loss of its founder, Mary Painter, on October 6 2019. View more information and Mary's obituary.

• Support our Annual Fundraiser: Plant Virginia Natives!

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Coastal Barnyard Grass

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | November 4, 2014

Fall is a great time of year for grass ID! Echinochloa walteri, member of the Poaceae family, is an annual herb that can reach six feet. According to the the Flora of Virginia it is frequent to common in the estuarine and maritime zones of the Virginia’s Coastal Plain. The flowers are only a few… [Read More]

VNPS Annual Meeting Field Trip to False Cape

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | October 17, 2014

For the first time, two all-day field trips were added to the rooster of choices for the VNPS Annual Meeting in order to allow more time for travel into places not readily accessible. A trip to Cypress Bridge involved boats. A trip to False Cape State Park today required a drive by tram through a… [Read More]

Botanical Excitement in Lexington’s Backyard

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | October 14, 2014

Well, not in Lexington, but they might as well be. A series of unexpected rock outcrops barely on the Rockbridge side of the line provides a case study in plant disjunction and unexpected botanical discovery. * * disjunct – separated geographically, especially the population of a restricted area lying outside a main range These bedrock… [Read More]

Giant Natural Gas Pipelines Proposed for Virginia

By VNPS Communications | September 25, 2014

On September 2nd, Dominion Resources, along with its partners Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources, announced its intention to move ahead and build a major 42 inch pipeline that will stretch 550 miles across three states. It will begin in Harrison County, West Virginia and end in eastern North Carolina. Approximately 450 miles… [Read More]

A Tale of Shale: Virginia’s New Violet

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | September 21, 2014

The Virginia shale country has offered up yet another major botanical surprise. In a corner of the state already renowned for its botanical oddities, the winding path leading to this discovery illustrates the value of field work, curiosity, and research in its most literal sense. In 1936, while exploring shale barrens and woodlands in Douthat… [Read More]

In the Field With Tom Wieboldt: Botetourt County

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | September 14, 2014

VNPS members from several different chapters converged upon Botetourt County on August 2nd to explore three different plant communities under the guidance of Tom Wieboldt. Tom is well known as curator of Massey Herbarium, vice-president of Virginia Botanical Associates and contributor to the Flora of Virginia (to list just a few of his accomplishments). His… [Read More]

Imperiled Plants and Missing Pieces

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | August 24, 2014

Plants that on are imperiled lists today may become missing pieces tomorrow unless action is taken. Do we know which ones are imperiled? Will it make a difference if rare plants disappear? The Virginia Native Plant Society thinks it does, and has taken steps to help conserve some of the wildflowers in our state that… [Read More]

Unwanted and Unloved: Porcelain-berry!

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | August 12, 2014

This is the time of year when it becomes apparent that porcelain-berry is making a bold attempt at taking over the world. Or at least vast swathes of Virginia’s forests, especially those near urban areas. Suddenly those white flowers and multi-colored berries are appearing on what seemed yesterday to be innocent green vines…in fact, didn’t… [Read More]

Seeds of a New Chapter?

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | August 3, 2014

Virginia’s Eastern Shore: it’s that part of the state that is separated from the rest of the Commonwealth, attached by land to Maryland and connected to the rest of Virginia only by the 17.6-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, an engineering marvel. All too often the ES is omitted from simple maps of the state, and residents… [Read More]

The Hunt Is On: Meet the Treasures!

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | July 28, 2014

The VNPS Fundraiser for 2014 is part two of the Natural Treasure Hunt, an effort to make funds available for researching, locating, and mapping some of Virginia’s floral treasures that are in need of help if we want to keep them around. On the homepage of Virginia’s Department of Natural Heritage , (DNH), our partners in the… [Read More]