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             Virginia Native Plant Society                

 John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society

Why Plant Natives?

Promote wise stewardship of the land and the conservation of our natural resources.

Using native plants contributes to the health and often the restoration of an ecosystem. Planting natives in an urban setting helps restore the character of the land and places fewer demands on resources.

Provide food and shelter for native wildlife.
Using native plants in landscaping helps sustain native butterflies, beneficial insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, and other native species.

Beech, oak, and hickory trees provide nesting habitat and important nuts and acorns for a variety of wildlife. In the winter, evergreen trees like American holly, white pin and hemlocks provide important shelter and food.

Spring migrating and nesting birds rely on the insects in our lush forests to give them the energy to travel long distances and raise their young. Fall migrating birds depend on high-energy fruits from flowering dogwood, spicebush, and Virginia creeper.

Hardy and should withstand regional weather extremes when properly sited and planted.
Native plants have many inherent qualities and adaptive traits that make them aesthetically pleasing, practical, and ecologically valuable for landscaping.
(excerpted from NC Native Plant Society)


Native Plant Lists: Native Plant Database   Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  Native Perennials   John Clayton Chapter of the Native Plant Society
Native Trees and Shrubs    
Native Vines and Grasses    
  Native Plants for Wildlife and Beauty   113KB Jan Newton, John Clayton Chapter of the Native Plant Society
  Native Riparian Plants    
  Salt Tolerant Native Plants  83KB Virginia Cooperative Extension
  Wildflower Spots    

   The Claytonia  
  John Clayton Chapter of the Native Plant Society
Newsletter
 
 
January-February 2012 (641KB) March-April 2012 (774KB)    
September-October 2011  (848KB)    

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Bringing Nature Home   Doug Tallamy's website
Cranefly Orchis  115KB  
Create an Anniversary Garden using Red, White and Blue Native Plants    
Fit for Man and Beast  26KB Kathy Van Mullekon - DailyPress
Growing Native   GrowingNative.org
Native Plants for Conservation, Restoration and Landscaping    Virginia.gov 
Native Plants for Wildlife  113KB John Clayton Chpt Native Plant Society
Orange Crested Orchis  42KB  
Plant Conservation Alliance    
Plant Milkweed- Save the Monarchs   Master Gardener Training Lecture
Salt Tolerant Native Plants  83KB  
Wildflowers    

 Virginia Bluebells  Rudbeckia  Virginia Iris

 Mertensia virginica, Virginia Bluebells

Rudbeckia fulgida
Photo courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens

 Iris virginica, Virginia Iris






    
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Keys to Proper Use of Pesticides
1.Read the label on each pesticide container before each use. Follow the printed instructions to the letter; heed all cautions and warnings; note precautions about residues.
2.Store pesticides in the containers in which you bought them. Put them where children and animals cannot get to them preferably locked-up and away from food, feed, seed, and other materials that may become harmful if contaminated.
3.Dispose of empty pesticide containers properly.
SEE YOUR PHYSICIAN IF SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS OCCUR DURING OR AFTER THE USE OF PESTICIDES.
NOTICE:
Because pesticide labels can change rapidly, you should read the label directions carefully before buying and using any pesticides.

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