Native Plant Guide

Native Plant Guide

2018 “Native Plants of the Month”
Jan – Rhododendron periclymenoides, Pinxterbloom Azalea
Feb – Viburnum acerifolium, Mapleleaf Viburnum
Mar – Quercus phellos, Willow Oak
Apr – Osmundastrum cinnamomeum, Cinnamon Fern
May – Asclepias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed
Jun – Polygonatum biflorum, Solomon’s Seal
Jul – Clematis virginiana, Virgin’s Bower
Aug – Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower
Sep – Liatris pilosa, Grass-leaf Blazing Star
Oct – Schizachyrium scoparium, Little Bluestem
Nov – Prunus serotina, Black Cherry
Dec – Aronia melanocarpa, Black Chokeberry
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 2017

Landscape for Life

October 3, 2017
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Events

Capture

PHP Birdwalk

October 7, 2017
07:30 AM
Bird Walk

Join us for a guided bird walk and enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna at Pleasure House Point!

To sign up e-mail Dana@lrnow.org or call our office (757)962-5398

Bird & Plant Walk

October 7, 2017
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Bird Walk

Join us at Pleasure House Point, on of the major stopovers of migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway, to take a walk through the property in search of birds. What better way to go bird watching than with an avid Audubon birder at this ideal location!

Email Dana@lrnow.org or call 757-962-5398 to sign up!

LRNow Fall Festival

October 7, 2017
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Events

FF 2017

FF Schedule 2017

 

Vendors

Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
Aveda
Buy Fresh Buy Local Hampton Roads
Carolyn Osmond, Artist
Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Hampton Roads Office
The Chrysler Museum of Art
Ebbing Tides Stand Up Paddle Boards •Sales •Lessons •Eco Tours
Ginger Jenkot, Ceramic Artist
Gorman's Handpainted Glass
Great Outdoor Provision Co.
Girl Scouts
Heather Donis Designs Mobile Paint Parties
HR Green Network
HRSD
Jessamyn Manzeralla, Artist
Jr Master Naturalists
Leaping Lizard Cafe-Shore Drive
Nautical Nature Co.
Neighborhood Harvest
Norfolk Botanical Garden
O'Hellyeah
Ran With Scissors
Sierra Club
Solar Services
Three Ships Coffee
US Green Building Council
Sensible Seafood Program Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
VA Bee Co
VB Public Library
ViBe Creative District
Wildlife Response, Inc
The First Tee of Hampton Roads
Virginia Beach SPCA - Virginia Beach
Anna Freeman, ceramic artist
doTERRA Essential Oils Wellness Education
Eco Maniac Company
Fit4Mom Virginia Beach & Chesapeake
Grandpa and Sons Kettle Corn
J Glynn Winters
Mothers Outfront
Oberweis Dairy
Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society
Rose and Womble Foundation
Sofrito, Cast Iron Catering Inc
Southern Branch Nursery
Virginia Master Naturalist Program
Viv's Sew Crazy and Ilona & Co
Music by Paul Jarman
Build your own Vermiculture Bin Workshop $35.00 by Master gardener, Eileen Walsh
Leave No Trace and 10 Essentials for Hiking REI
Paddleboarding Free Demo and Eco-Tour $20 by Ebbing Tides Stand Up Paddle Boards •Sales •Lessons •Eco Tours
Learn about Red Wigglers for Children Worshop by Maury Joy
Cooking Demonstration by Leaping Lizard Cafe-Shore Drive
Face painting
Nature Walk
Building Tours
Food by Lucky Peach

Landscape for Life

October 10, 2017
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Events

Capture

9th Annual Candidates Forum

October 12, 2017
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

9th Annual Candidates Forum
Thursday, October 12th, 6:30 PM
Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road
Building Tour prior to the Forum at 5:15











Vote Nov 7




Virginia Beach has six Delegates who represent us in the House of Delegates in the General Assembly in Richmond.  All six are up for reelection this year and every incumbent is opposed.
 
Come to our 9th Annual Candidates Forum on Thursday, October 12th, at our newest Virginia Beach School, Old Donation School, on the corner of Independence and Honeygrove Rd in the Haygood area, to hear from all 12 candidates and decide who deserves your vote on November 7th.  Doors open at 6:00 and we will begin at 6:30.  Forum ends at 8:30.  
 
There will be a tour of the new building offered at 5:15.  It is a very sustainable building with many lessons for all of us.  It will make you wish you were back in school.  Please register ahead for the building tour at Dana@LRNow.org.

River Cleanup

October 14, 2017
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Events

Birchwood Malibu Park Cleanup
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Birchwood Malibu Park,
3632 Royal Palm Arch Virginia Beach, 23452

To register, please call 757-962-5398 or email Dana@LRNow.org. For more information, visit:
http://whitpeace.com/River/RCs/20171014_BirchwoodMalibuPark