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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Native seedlings on sale

The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting orders for its annual native tree and shrub seedling sale. The theme for this year’s sale is “Fall Color.”

Native plants promote clean water and air, prevent soil erosion, provide valuable habitat, and add beauty and resilience to the landscape.

Two seedling packages are available:

The shrub and small tree package ($16.95) includes two each of the following species: Gray Dogwood, New Jersey Tea, Common Ninebark, Arrowwood Viburnum, and Smooth Sumac.

The tree package ($11.95) is ideal for common areas or larger suburban yards. It includes two each of the following species: Northern Red Oak, Sassafras, and Bald Cyprus.

Seedling packages can be ordered online. For more information, contact NVSWCD at 703-324-1460 or

Seedlings must be picked up at the Fred Packard Center, 4022 Hummer Road, Annandale, on Friday, April 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., or April 22, 9 a.m.-noon.

1 comment:

  1. Yea!!

    I can't emphasize the importance of native plants enough!

    As Ellie said, they're easier to maintain, requiring less water and little to no fertilizers and weed killers or pesticides. They clean the air better than non-native plants, and provide much better food and shelter for a multitude of local species--all the way up, down, and across the food chain. They are the ultimate multi-purpose, one-stop-shopping accommodations that provide success for even those with brown thumbs and little time (or energy).

    Years ago, my husband and I stumbled across the National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Habitat program and were excited to find out that even our tiny townhouse plot could make a significant contribution to local critters. Your own Backyard Habitat can have a simple, natural look or a more sophisticated impact, and even if you don't want to go for certification, incorporating habitat elements (food, water, shelter, space for raising young, and sustainability) can still make a positive difference.

    You can learn more about the Backyard Habitat program at: