Pollinator gardens are one way to add native plants to your landscape and help restore some of the habitat loss that is driving extinctions of native wildlife. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife, promote biodiversity, and require fewer resources because they are adapted to the climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur. They are also a calming influence in our busy lives and are aesthetically pleasing. Pollinators are needed to produce 35% of our food crops so they are very important too.
The Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS), founded in 1982 as the Virginia Wildflower Preservation Society, is a nonprofit organization of individuals who share an interest in Virginia’s native plants and habitats.
The society and its chapters seek to further the appreciation and conservation of this priceless heritage.
We are an organization that strives to have a positive impact on the future of the Commonwealth of Virginia. VNPS supports a variety of programs:
- The Wildflower of the Year spotlights a native plant and its habitat with a colorful and informative brochure.
- The Native Plant Site Registry of natural ecosystems is designed to recognize natural areas in Virginia that contain exemplary plant communities.
- Spring Wildflower Celebration coordinates events such as field trips, plant sales, and other programs.
- The Invasive Alien Plant Program seeks to educate individuals and control invasive species in partnership with Virginia’s Division of Natural Heritage.
Volunteers carry out the work of the society with the support of membership dues and contributions. To further its goals, VNPS cooperates in statewide and chapter programs with government agencies, developers, horticulturists, and other conservation groups that share our interests. Members occasionally receive legislative alerts and are encouraged to communicate with their elected representatives.
Our website offers information about society events, our mission and conservation statement, our programs, our chapters, and links to related organizations. Publications, such as brochures, checklists, nursery source information, and invasive plant lists, can be found on the website or requested from our office.
In everything it does, the Virginia Native Plant Society emphasizes respect for the natural environment.
The New River chapter of the VNPS covers the New River Valley counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and the independent city of Radford as well as the counties of Bland, Carroll, and Wythe. We meet once a month between September and April and have speakers talk about various topics on native plants. We also have various hikes, events, and volunteer with several projects. We hold an annual native plant sale in September which helps to fund grants to start pollinator gardens with local students.
During the pandemic, we meet via Zoom, and the projects we work on are socially distanced according to the current health guidelines. Our website is available at vnps.org/newriver/ where you will find our newsletters and current events. If you would like to join, visit the state website at vnps.org and fill out the application. If you do not want to join, but would still like to be aware of what we are doing, you may join our Google-groups list-serve by contacting our president, Brenda Graff, at email@example.com.
The Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS), founded in 1982 as the Virginia Wildflower Preservation Society, is a nonprofit organization of individuals who share an interest in Virginia’s native plants and habitats. The society and its chapters seek to further the appreciation and conservation of this priceless heritage.