Alonso Abugattas

Alonso Abugattas’ Native Plant Picks for Wildlife

Expert naturalist and environmental educator Alonso Abugattas recently spoke at the sold-out 13th Annual EcoSavvy Symposium at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia. I asked Alonso to share some of his favorite native plants for attracting and supporting wildlife. Here’s his reply. Goldenrods (Solidago spp.) There are many different species of Goldenrods – 36 species…

Claudia West, gardening and climate change

Gardening and Climate Change: 7 Tips from Claudia West

Claudia West will be speaking at the upcoming Green Matters Symposium “Plant Solutions in The Age of Climate Change,” February 24, 2017 in Silver Spring, Md. Claudia is a frequent speaker, co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes, and the Ecological Sales Representative at North Creek Nurseries. I recently…

6 Ways to Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Are you looking for ways to boost the value of your yard as a habitat for birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, and other wildlife? Fred Ball, an organizer for the upcoming Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat Workshop on March 4, 2017 with the Virginia Beach Master Gardeners, shares these useful tips and reminders. Look at your…

wildlife habitats, Bill McLaughlin, USBG

Bill McLaughlin on Creating Healthy Wildlife Habitats

Bill McLaughlin, Curator at the United  States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., will be speaking about biodiversity and wildlife habitats during the upcoming  EcoSavvy Symposium on February 18, 2017 at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Va. In 2005, Bill became the Curator of Plants with oversight of the plant-based content of the Botanic Garden. He…

Amsonia hubrichtii

Amsonia hubrichtii: Native Plant Favorite

Amsonia hubrichtii, commonly known as blue star, is taking center stage this time of year across our region. It’s hard to miss those yellow and gold clouds of feathery leaves swaying in the slightest breezes. And I’m delighted to see that interest in Amsonia is spreading from residential gardens into public and commercial spaces. In…

native plants fall interest, Tom Houser, NBG

11 Native Plants with Fall Interest

Native plants with fall interest will be the primary topic tomorrow when Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Tom Houser, Senior Horticulturist, and Theresa Augustin, Director of Environmental Engagement and Outreach, lead a Native Plant Walk & Talk through the Virginia Native Plant Garden. Located within Norfolk Botanical Garden, the Virginia Native Plant Garden consists of trails and…

Tried and true native plants, MAG

Tried and True Native Plants for Your Garden

Looking for tried and true native plants to add to your landscape? Lucky for you, the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV)  created the “Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic” to help educate people about native plants and encourage more people to plant them. The online MGNV fact sheets include nearly 100…

native perennial, Asclepias tuberosa butterfly milkweed, Norfolk Botanical

10 Native Perennial Plants for Your Garden

Why choose native perennial plants to add to your garden this fall? Native plants to the Mid-Atlantic region are naturally adapted to our environment. They tend to be more disease-resistant and typically more tolerant of several weather conditions, like drought, than are non-native plants. And they help create robust habitats by providing food and shelter…