Native Plant Guide

Native Plant Guide

2018 Native Plants of the Month

January:  Viola walteri ‘Silver gem’ Silver gem or Walter’s gem violet

March: Willow Oak – Quercus phellos 3 gallon – $38.00

April: Cinnamon Fern – Osmundastrum cinnamomeum 1 gallon – $14.00

**February, March and April native plants will be available for pickup the second week of April. Limited quantities available! Plants will go on sale March 1st and continue until they either sell out or until March 31st**

For more information on these plants click HERE 


May: Asclepias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed, 1gal

June: Polygonatum biflorum, Solomon’s Seal

July: Clematis virginiana, Virgin’s Bower


August:  Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower, 1gal

September:  Liatris pilosa, Grass-leaf Blazing Star, 1gal

October: Schizachyrium scoparium, Little Bluestem, 1 gal


 

November: Prunus serotina, Black Cherry, 1gal,3gal 2-3’, 4-6′

December: Aronia melanocarpa, Black Chokeberry (Red Chokeberry is pg.35), 1gal 2-3′,3gal


2017 “Native Plants of the Month”
Click HERE to view the native plants for each month!
February — Mertensia virginica, Virginia Bluebells
June — Asclepias tuberosa, Butterflyweed
August — Holenium autumnal, Sneezeweed
September — Euonymus americanus, Strawberry bush
October — Kosteletakya virginica, Salt Marsh Mallow
November — Craetegus viridis, Green Hawthorne
December — Aster caroliniaous, Climbing Carolina Aster

 

2016 “Native Plants of the Month”:

January- Ilex glabra, Inkberry
February – Redtwig Dogwood, Cornus sericea
March – Golden Wood Poppy, Stylophorum diphyllum
April – Mountain Laurel, Kalmia latifolia
May – Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis
June – Phlox, Phlox paniculata
July – NE Aster, Aster novae-angeliae
August- Witchhazel, Hamamelis virginiana
September – Pink Muhly Grass, Muhlenbergia capillaris
October – American Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis
November- Fringetree, Chionanthus virginicus
December- Partridgeberry, Mitchella repens

2015 (Archived)

January – Ilex verticillata Winterberry
February – LIndera benzoin Spicebush
March – Dicentra eximia Wild Bleeding Heart
April – Geranium maculatum Wild Geranium
May – Vaccinium ashei Bluberry
June – Passiflora coccinea Passionflower
July – Liatris spicata Coastal/Dense Blazingstar
August – Erogrostis spectablis Purple Love Grass/Sand Love Grass
September – Sambucus canadensis Elderberry
October – Chelone glabra Turtlehead
November – Hydrangea quercifolia Oakleaf Hydrangea
December – Dryopteris marginalis Marginal/Evergreen Wood Fern

2014 (Archived)

April – Cercis canadensis Eastern Redbud
May – Wisteria frutescens American Wisteria
June – Rudbeckia hirta Black-Eyed Susan
July –  Itea Virginica Virginia Sweetspire
August – Lonicera sempervirens Trumpet Honeysuckle
September – Asclepias syriaca Milkweed
October – Rhus glabra Sweet or Smooth Sumac
November – Callicarpa americana American Beautyberry
December – Ilex opaca American Holly

buffer2Planting natives at home is increasingly important as residential and commercial properties continue to encroach on our woodland and open space–at a rate of 6,000 acres/day in the US! Insects, bugs, birds and reptiles still need to live somewhere, and their options are becoming limited. Monarch butterflies are an alarming example of how quickly a species can suffer when key habitat plants, like milkweed, are lost. As insect and buy larvae are less available, this loss can quickly spread up the food chain to songbirds, raptors, reptiles, and amphibians. Many species, like monarchs, are specialists, and rely heavily or even completely on one sole source of food. When this food source disappears, so do they.

Native plants can be defined in many ways, but for our purposes, they are those that are naturally present (at least since written history), and that have adapted to life in our climate. This means that, in addition to providing habitat to the critters they have co-evolved with, they also tend to be relatively low-maintenance once established, requiring little to no fertilizer or irrigation, and helping to maintain our local water quality. This is in direct contrast to invasives, which are typically introduced (accidentally or intentionally) by humans, and have rapid growth, and spread. Invasives will often overtake native plants because there are no native predators or pests to control their growth and spread. Common invasive plants include: English Ivy, Common Orange Daylilly, Bradford Pear, Burning Bush, Japanese Barberry, Miscanthus, Tree of Heaven, Butterfly Bush, and Liriope.

We are working with several businesses and individuals to be able to provide resources for purchasing appropriate native plants. Please be careful when purchasing plants, as there are many cultivars (cultivated varieties bred to have different colors, foliage shapes, blooms, or size), which most often do not provide the same habitat value as the true native species. Wherever you shop, please help increase the availability of native plants by requesting them!

Some Sources of Native Plants:
Southern Branch Nursery (and landscape design)
Eric Gunderson, 757-373-7763
SBN@SouthernBranchNursery.com
www.SouthernBranchNursery.com

McDonald Garden Center
757-464-5564
1144 Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
www.mcdonaldgardencenter.com

Wild Woods Farm Native Nursery
Vickie Shufer
Plants available at Virginia Garden Organic Grocery
wildfood@cox.net

http://www.ecoimages-us.com/nursery.aspx

For more information, email LRNow or call us at 757-962-5398.

EVENTS CALENDAR

October 2018

LRN Fall Festival

October 6, 2018
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Candidates Forum

October 10, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Mayoral and City Council Elections
Candidates Forums


October 10th and October 17th, 6:30-8:30 PM, New Zeiders Theater, Town Center



We may have never had an election quite as important as this one in Virginia Beach.Every Vote Counts

On November 6th, we will be electing a new mayor and seven City Council members. There are 24 candidates vying for these 8 seats on our 11 member City Council.

Please mark your calendars now and come out to our Candidates Forums. You need to hear directly from the candidates to make an informed decision on November 6th. And remember, everyone votes for every district and mayor in Virginia Beach. Not just your own district.

Both Forums will be held at the new Zeider's American Dream Theater in Town Center and will start promptly at 6:30 and end at 8:30. We will open the doors at 6:00 PM and ask the candidates to stay until 9:00.

The Wednesday, October 10th Forum is for the two Mayoral Candidates and the six candidates running for the two at-large seats.

The Wednesday, October 17th Forum is for the candidates running for the Beach, Bayside, Lynnhaven, Centerville, and Princess Anne District seats.
Remember -- everyone votes for every district in Virginia Beach!

Mark your calendar and RSVP today to Office@LRNow.org to reserve your seat.
Thank you for taking the time to be an informed voter in this important election

Bird Walk

October 13, 2018
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Registration is Full

October 13, 7:30-9am

Enjoy the early morning beauty of Pleasure House Point when the birds are the most active.
We will meet on Marlin Bay Drive at 7:30 AM and enjoy a pleasant ninety-minute walk with a birding expert from the Audubon Society.  These programs are free but we prefer that you preregister with Office@lrnow.org or call our office at 757-962-5398.


Waterway Cleanup

October 13, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

October 13th, 9 am - noon - Laskin Road Bridge at Great Neck Creek - This cleanup is a land- and water-based cleanup. Participants wishing to work from the water should plan to bring their own kayak and paddling gear. PFDs are required. Some kayaks may be available for use with advance registration. Advanced registration is recommended for final event details. Contact office@lrnow.org to register or for more information.

Click on Waterway Cleanups for additional information

To register to participate in a waterway cleanup please email office@lrnow.org or call (757) 962-5398.

SCIENCE PLAY DAY - TCC/City Joint-Use Library

October 13, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SCIENCE PLAY DAY - TCC/City Joint-Use Library

Saturday, October 13th, 2018, 10am – 12pm

1700 College Crescent Virginia Beach, VA 23453 (757) 822-7800

Joint-Use Storytime Room

Explore hands-on science activities and learn about dinosaurs, bees, bubbles, satellites, circuits, catapults, and much more! Face painting, crafts, and STEAM fun for the whole family! Ages 3+. Registration is not required.




Candidates Forum

October 17, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Mayoral and City Council Elections
Candidates Forums
October 10th and October 17th, 6:30-8:30 PM, New Zeiders Theater, Town Center



We may have never had an election quite as important as this one in Virginia Beach.Every Vote Counts

On November 6th, we will be electing a new mayor and seven City Council members. There are 24 candidates vying for these 8 seats on our 11 member City Council.

Please mark your calendars now and come out to our Candidates Forums. You need to hear directly from the candidates to make an informed decision on November 6th. And remember, everyone votes for every district and mayor in Virginia Beach. Not just your own district.

Both Forums will be held at the new Zeider's American Dream Theater in Town Center and will start promptly at 6:30 and end at 8:30. We will open the doors at 6:00 PM and ask the candidates to stay until 9:00.

The Wednesday, October 10th Forum is for the two Mayoral Candidates and the six candidates running for the two at-large seats.

The Wednesday, October 17th Forum is for the candidates running for the Beach, Bayside, Lynnhaven, Centerville, and Princess Anne District seats.
Remember -- everyone votes for every district in Virginia Beach!

Mark your calendar and RSVP today to Office@LRNow.org to reserve your seat.
Thank you for taking the time to be an informed voter in this important election

Aveda Good Vibes Spa Day

October 21, 2018
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Aveda Good Vibes Spa Day: Brock Environmental Center Oyster Room

October 24, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Events


CBF Presents THE HUMAN ELEMENT Premiere & Screening with James Balog



 Wednesday, October 24, 2018




6:00 PM - 8:30 PM



Sandler Center for the Performing Arts


201 Market Street Virginia Beach, VA 23462


REGISTRATION REQUIRED 

human element





 

Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation is proud to present the Hampton Roads premiere of National Geographic photographer James Balog's documentary The Human Element. From the producers of Chasing IceThe Cove, and Racing Extinction, this new film highlights the dangers of the elements including air, earth, fire, water, and the fifth element—human impact.

Topics covered include sea level rise, wildfires, air quality, and more in this exploration of the balance between humanity and nature.

A community conversation on sea-level rise and climate change will take place immediately after the viewing with James Balog; CBF's President, William C. Baker; and Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaption and Protection, Commonwealth of Virginia, Ann C. Phillips. We are excited to partner with CBF for this exhilarating movie premiere! We hope you can make it!

This is a FREE event. Registration is required.

**If you have trouble reaching the registration form, please send an email to rsvp@cbf.org with your registration information.


Teachers Workshop: Gardening 101

October 27, 2018
08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Workshops

Garden Workshop

Discover Virginia Beach: Bike Tour

October 27, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for a guided bike tour of Back Bay Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park. More information coming soon!

Catch The King Tide

October 27, 2018
09:30 AM - 01:30 AM

Saturday October 27th 9:30am-1:30pm


king tide
Are you ready to Catch the King?
Fall is the season of king tides, and one of the highest of the year is forecast for the morning of Saturday, October 27. Hampton Roads is a part of the global effort of coastal communities to measure the impact of king tides as a way of preparing for sea level rise. Every bit of data counts, and it's citizens like you who are gathering it. Ready to get involved? Sign up HERE