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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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Native Wildflowers: A Feast in the Fall

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | October 13, 2015

Our native wildflowers are still putting on a show, in addition to provisioning late season pollinators and butterflies searching for fuel to carry them through the winter. Some of those creatures hibernate right here, others are taking wing and heading south, but they are all adapted to count on the late season boost from those… [Read More]

Generation Y Won’t Garden Because of Fear of Failure?

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | October 11, 2015

Millennials, especially the Gen Y batch, are proving a hard target for the nursery industry to get a bead on. They have a fear of failure, said a recent article written for professional growers. Furthermore, the article states that Gen Yers were urged to their best in school every day, (surprise!) to beat the competition;… [Read More]

Adding Land to Cedars Natural Area Preserve

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | October 3, 2015

From Chris Ludwig, Chief Biologist, Virginia Division of Natural Heritage: “I understand that we are almost 90% of the way towards our fundraising goal for additional acreage on the tracts to enhance The Cedars Natural Area Preserve in Lee County Virginia. WAY TO GO VNPS!!!!  Many of you will never see this preserve; it is… [Read More]

Report From A Tagalong Spouse

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | September 18, 2015

Hosting the VNPS Annual Meeting at the Frontier Culture Museum was a great choice. If you haven’t been to the museum, it consists of about twelve exhibits of typical homesteads, (houses, barns, fields, etc.), of the people who originally inhabited North America, including the American Indians and those people who immigrated to the Atlantic coast… [Read More]

Rescue, Reclaim, Restore: Annual Meeting 2015

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | September 12, 2015

In the unusual setting of a dairy barn, VNPS President, Nancy Vehrs, opened the 2015 Annual Meeting in Staunton with the quarterly gathering of the Board. After the traditional business session, (the nuts and bolts that keep VNPS running), Rod Walker, from the Blue Ridge Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) was on hand… [Read More]

The Importance of Preserving Our Natural Areas

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | August 3, 2015

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]

Trees Bring People Together

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | July 22, 2015

Last Saturday five concerned groups joined forces to show their appreciation for a small park in the city of Alexandria, a park where the biggest shade trees are in danger of disappearing. VNPS members were joined by Tree Stewards, Master Naturalists, members of the local Gladiators basketball team, the West Alexandria Rotary Club, and the… [Read More]

Can Invasive Plants Be Valuable?

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | July 5, 2015

Our Capital Naturalist, Alonso Abugattas, recently took action in response to a misinformed  article that ran last week in a Virginia paper touting the benefits of invasive, non-native plants. We thought his comments deserving of a wider audience and he has kindly given us permission to print his letter to the editor of that paper,… [Read More]

Native Moths, Native Plants, Natural Connections

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | July 1, 2015

My interest in natural history started with birds – their form, color, shapes, and diversity fascinated me! But then in 1981 I got my Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide and that was all she wrote! Plants were my new love –  like birds, there was form, color, shape, and diversity; unlike birds, they kept still! I could… [Read More]

How To Start A Native Plant Garden

By SUZANNE DINGWELL | June 27, 2015

How do I start? Many people wrestle with this question after deciding they want to transform their existing yard into a native plant garden. When Susan and Jim Graham first made that decision they described their existing yard as “ mostly turf grass with an azalea mustache;”  a look  typical of many of the landscapes… [Read More]