Stop Mowing, Start Growing! 2nd Annual Native Plant Symposium for Beginners

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Northern Virginia Community College - Workforce Center

2675 College Drive

Woodbridge, VA 22191

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Stop Mowing, Start Growing - Native Plants for Beginners Let us help you to stop mowing and get going on your dream landscape!

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Whether you are new native plants and what they can do for your property or looking for alternative landscaping ideas this event is for you! Native plants can:

Create a beautiful yard

Save time so you can enjoy other activities

Create habitat for birds & pollinators

Save money on fertilizer & pesticides

Improve Water Quality

Curb Erosion


The cost of the event is $20 which covers; coffee and donuts, lunch, and materials. Lunch will be buffet style and there will be both meat and vegetarian options. To register for the event click "tickets" above.


Parking is Free, but is limited to Lots labeled “WRC” and “B”. Click the following link for the campus map: https://www.nvcc.edu/woodbridge/_files/woodbridge-campus-map.pdf

Keynote Speaker

John Magee, Landscape Designer and Principal of Magee Designs


Call 703-792-7070 for more details, to learn about the speakers, or for more info on the event agenda.

Breakout Session Talks:

1) Creating Meadows: Be inspired that you can create your own meadow while gaining practical insights into meadow plant selection, site prep, establishment and maintenance.

``Nancy Berlin, VA Cooperative Extension

2) Natives for the Suburban Yard: Nancy covers a selection of native plants and discusses finding the right plant for the right place as you convert your yard into a native landscape.

Nancy Vehrs, Prince William Wildflower Society

3) Native Plants for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies: Want to enjoy the delights of birds, bees and butterflies, and more in your own yard? Discover the native plants that attract a diversity of wildlife to your property.

Kim Hosen, Executive Director, Prince William Conservation Alliance

4) Trees: Reestablishing the Cornerstone of Our Ecosystem: As the largest plants in our ecosystem trees are highly influential, beneficial and productive. Learn more about the why, where and how-to, of planting trees and restoring a forest enviornment on your property.

Julie Flanagan, Arborist, PWC Watershed Management

5) Suburban Best Management Practices & the Virginia. Conservation Assistance Program: Got erosion problems? Drainage Problems? Suburban BMPs and the VCAP program may be your solution.

Nicole Slazinski, Conservation Specialist, Pr. Wm. Soil & Water Conservation District

6) Permaculture: Natural Systems for a Healthy Lifestyle: An introduction to Permaculture, a process of working with the unique features of a property to create a more ecologically sound landscape. By utilizing the existing character, topography, and natural life of a site, it is possible to reduce work, chemicals, and expense to create a home and life aligned with nature.

Clay Morris, Natural Resource Section Chief, PWC Public Works

7) You Can Be Your Forest’s Doctor. How to create and maintain a healthy forest: No forest requires zero maintenance to stay healthy. Learn tips and tricks to keep your trees and woodland creatures happy.

Kinner Ingram, Urban & Community Forestry Specialist, Virginia Dept. of Forestry

8) * Means of Persuasion: Aiming, Framing and Gaming Your Way to Successful HOA Projects: Going from idea to successful implementation presents more challenges than just funding. Learn how to better position your project for the best chance of long term success with planning, advocacy, and collaboration.

Rene Grebe, Northern Virginia Conservation Associate, Audubon Naturalist Society

9) * Build the Habitat and They Will Come: Examples of how Reston Association fosters native pollinator gardens on their common lands, of insects that use native plants and resources for homeowners.

Claudia Thompson-Deahl, Senior Environmental Resource Manager, Reston Association

* Indicates Talks specifically designed with Home Owner Associations (HOA) in mind.

Sponsored by:

Northern Virginia Community College

Prince William County Watershed Management Branch

Prince William Environmental Excellence Foundation

Prince William Soil & Water Conservation District

Prince William Conservation Alliance

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Virginia Native Plant Society

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