Native Plants for Northern Virginia

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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

Fifty Shades of Green with Carole Bergmann
Fifty Shades
of Green
With Carole Bergmann

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Alan Weakley 4-8-2021 Title Slide
Climate Change and the Need to Make Space for Nature

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Bluebird Feeding on Pokeweed
Native Plants & Birds
Dr. Peter Marra
Photo © Dave Kinneer used with permission

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Silver Spotted Skipper on New York Ironweed
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Native Plants for Northern Virginia: Free Download or Purchase a Printed Copy

Silver Spotted Skipper on New York Ironweed

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Eupatorium at Bull Run

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Photo by Brigitte Hartke

Native Bee Species Ebb and Flow

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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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News & Updates

• Learn about American Holly and surprising native plant seeds, test your tree bark knowledge, view upcoming events, and more in the Winter, 2022 Potowmack News. 12-28-2021

Watch Max Ferlauto's presentation from our 2021 Annual Meeting: "My Year Playing with Litter: Exploring the Effects of Leaf Litter Removal on Insect Communities". 11-15-2021

Read all about Black Walnut (Juglans nigra), web resources to help plan for the future of your yard or green space, our upcoming Potowmack Annual Meeting Chapter meeting November 14, and more in the new Fall 2021 edition of the Potowmack News. 10-14-2021

Join walk leaders Margaret Chatham and Alan Ford for a Tour of the Trees at Fraser Preserve, a Nature Conservancy Property, on Saturday, September 18 from 9am to 12 noon. Registration is required. 9-12-2021

• The Fall Potowmack News is just out. Read all about the taxonomic mysteries of St. Andrew's Cross, our summer interns' experience, and learn about identifying summer grasses, upcoming events, and more! 8-26-2021

Don't miss our Native Plant Sales at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria every first Wednesday of the month from 10am to 1pm. 3-31-2021

Learn more about Fraser Preserve,  a 220-acre Nature Conservancy Property on the Potomac River, in Margaret Chatham's presentation: "Successional Changes at Fraser Preserve". 3-16-2021

Learn about the life in your wild garden. On February 11, Laura Beaty invited us to see all the life inside her wild home garden through the course of one year. View her beautiful video presentation. 2-12-2021

What can we do to make room for nature? In his video presentation on January 14, Charles Smith reviews current data on the state of the earth, the importance of plant communities to include keystone species, and concepts from restoration science and efforts described by Doug Tallamy and others. 1-15-2021

• At the Potowmack Chapter Annual Meeting on November 15, chapter officers were elected, the 2021 annual budget was approved, and members approved several bylaws changes. 11-16-2020

• Potowmack members Bob Dinse and Cathy Ledec have been honored by the Fairfax County Park Authority. 11-18-2020

• Did you miss Dr. Andrea Weeks' presentation on "Recovering Native Plant Diversity in the Piedmont" at the Potowmack Chapter Annual Meeting on November 15? Watch the recorded video: https://vimeo.com/479619470. 11-17-2020

• Check out the November-December Potowmack News. Read about native wildflowers found on summer and fall visits to Conway Robinson Memorial State Forest; learn about thorns, spines, and prickles; and try a quiz on identifying native trees from their seeds. 10-25-2020

• Read the new Fall Potowmack News to learn about our chapter flower and logo, new chapter members, and our upcoming Annual Meeting on November 15. 9-7-2020

• Did you know the Potowmack Chapter is the chapter sponsor for seven VNPS Registry Sites in our area, including Great Falls and Turkey Run National Parks? 8-10-2020

• Now online: A History: Potowmack Chapter 1982 - 2002. 7-15-2020

• New Video: Marion Lobstein and Sally Anderson present an Overview and How To on the Flora of Virginia Mobile App. 7-13-2020

• New Blog Post: Rediscovering Barbara Stewart's Potowmack Chapter Logo. 7-11-2020

• Due to COVID-19 all Potowmack chapter in-person group events, including walks, are cancelled until further notice. View our chapter event calendar for more information.

• Potowmack chapter Member Toni Genberg's home "Ecological Oasis" was featured in a recent Yes! Magazine article.

• The Winter 2020 edition of the Potomac News has just been published. Read about "Love and Stiltgrass," our new email discussion group and forum at Groups.io, and lichen at Fraser Preserve.

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The Virginia General Assembly convened January 12, 2022 and three bills were introduced in the House of Delegates that deal with native and invasive plants. The first step is to assign the bills to committees, then to subcommittees. Bills must pass the committee to be referred to the House for a full vote. View the Virginia…... Read more
Buttonbush is a shrub or small tree commonly attaining heights up to about 6 m, occasionally twice that size. Leaves are opposite or whorled, elliptic to ovate, 2-8 cm wide, and 6-15 cm long; margins are entire and apices are acute or cuspidate, i.e., with an abrupt, short, tooth-like point. Triangular stipules, 2-3 mm long,…... Read more
By Betsy Washington, Northern Neck Chapter Baldcypress, Taxodium distichum, our November Plant of the Month, is an unforgettable sight all year. But in late fall when its soft foliage turns vibrant shades of copper-orange, it lights up the entire landscape. These trees are called “bald” because, unlike most other conifers, they are deciduous and lose…... Read more
November 21, 2021
By Marion Lobstein My interest in plants goes back to my childhood exploring and earning Girl Scout nature badges. As an undergraduate at Western Carolina University in the 1960s, I took my first plant identification class and really got hooked. Later, At UNC-Chapel Hill, I had the opportunity to take a plant taxonomy class with…... Read more
September 16, 2021
Do you need a reminder of how wonderful a springtime Native Garden can be during this cold winter? Look no further than Jeanne Kadet and Mike Perel’s “Garden Journey” story and videos created for the 2020 Northern Virginia Sustainable Garden Tour. Start the tour by clicking on any photo and be sure to scroll through…... Read more
December 19, 2020
Potowmack Chapter members Bob Dinse and Cathy Ledec will be honored on November 20, 2020 with Elly Doyle Park Service awards by the Fairfax County Park Authority.  The Elly Doyle Park Service Awards were established by the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1988 in recognition of former Park Authority Board Chairman and member Ellamae Doyle’s…... Read more
November 19, 2020
You’ve probably seen the VNPS Potowmack chapter logo in publications or online over the years. Did you know this beautiful drawing of Ebony Spleenwort (Asplenium platyneuron) and Common Violet (Viola sororia) was created by Barbara Stewart in the early 1980s and adopted as the Potowmack chapter logo in 1985? With some research and lots of…... Read more
July 11, 2020
I recently attended a workshop focused on early detection of Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) (SLF) in Fairfax County. Speakers represented the Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Department of Forestry, and the Fairfax County Urban Forest Management Division. Spotted Lanternfly is native to China, and has also been found in India, Vietnam, and Japan. Introduced in Korea…... Read more
May 21, 2019