Gardening Resources

The following resources provided by the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District may be helpful in developing sustainable gardening practices including finding and planting native plants and identifying and removing invasive plants and protecting the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Plant NOVA Natives: A guide to help find native plant sales, vendors, demonstration gardens and more:  www.plantnovanatives.org

Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping:  Chesapeake Bay Watershed:  http://www.nativeplantcenter.net

Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlatlinc Natural Areas:  Great invasives guide and includes native substitutes:  http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/pubs/midatlantic

Plant brochures from the Fairfax County Park Authority:http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/resource-management/#stewardshipbrochures

Audubon at Home Ambassadors, Audubon Society of Northern Virginia:  Provides assistance to schools, churches, civic associations and homeowners interested in creating wildlife and watershed-friendly landscapes:  http://audubonva.org/

Additional Programs providing wildlife and watershed friendly support:                   National Wildlife Federation: http://www.nwf.org/backyard

Habitat at Home, VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries:  http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/habitat/

Monarch Waystation Program:  http://www.monarchwatch.org/waystations/

Landscape for Life:  http://www.landscapefor life.org/

Northern Virginia Conservation Trust can guide you to protect your property through an easement:  http:www.nvct.org

Virginia Conservation Assistance Program: Create a watershed-friendly landscape at your home, community or place of worship.  Receive technical and financial assistance to install a rain garden, conservation landscaping, dry well and more.  Civic associations and places of worship are also eligible to receive funding for energy efficiency projects:  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/cap/

Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District;  703-324-1460 (TTY 711) http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd