In 2011, the Virginia CZM Program Office - engaged in development of regional native plant campaigns in Virginia's coastal area - reached out to partners also active in marketing Virginia native plants to initiate the Virginia Native Plants Marketing Partnership (VNPMP) - a forum to collaborate and coordinate, leading to more consistent messaging to the general public and greater efficiencies in the use of limited resources. The partnership is guided by a Steering Team of members representing organizations with a regional and state-wide mission and focus on native plant marketing.
Together the VNPMP complied the first edition of the Virginia Native Plants Marketing Partner and Resource Directory in an effort to provide a comprehensive compendium of current native plant marketing programs, initiatives and resources. Updates to this directory are ongoing.
Download Virginia Native Plant Marketing Partner and Resource Directory (pdf)
To share the efforts and experiences of VNPMP members and to reach out to potential new members, the Virginia CZM Program Office and the program's networked partner the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries hosted a native plant workshop and forum - Increasing the Use of Virginia Native Plants: Social Marketing, Collaboration and Coordination - in May 2013. Feedback from participants in this forum was shared with the VNPMP Steering Team which has identified and prioritized collaborative activities or actions to increase the use of natives, including:
1) a Virginia conservation landscaping certification,
The development and possible funding for a Chesapeake Bay Conservation Landscaping Certifcation Program will be discussed at the VNPMP's next forum on Tuesday, January 28. For more details on the forum and to register, please visit the event website
Download fact sheet
with more background on this project.
2) a framework and guidelines for native plant seed collection/propagation,
This project will be discussed at the VNPMP's next forum on Tuesday, January 28. For more details on this forum and to register, visit the event website
3) a centralized website for Virginia native plant marketing information and resources (this web page currently serves this function and the site will be expanded in future) and a collaborative web-based site to support partnership communication, and
4) highlighting native plants in the Virginia Nursery and Landscaper Association's 2014 "Virginia Growers Guide"
The soon to be released 2014 Virginia Growers Guide includes a new icon to identify plants native to the Chesapeake Bay region. The guide also includes an ad for the Flora of Virginia and a Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries ad highlighting the habitat value of Virginia's native plants, which recognizes the agency's partnership in the Virginia Native Plants Marketing Partnership.
An outline, details and status of these projects will be posted on this webpage when available.
Please contact Virginia.Witmer@deq.virginia.gov with questions regarding the Virginia Native Plant Marketing Partnership.
Organizations Currently Represented on Steering Team of the Virginia Native Plant Marketing Partnership:
Albermarle County for Piedmont Native Plant Initiative
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council
Flora of Virginia
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Norfolk Botanical Gardens
Northern Virginia Regional Commission
Virginia CZM Program
Virginia Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries
Virginia Dept of Environmental Quality
Virginia Dept of Forestry
Virginia Dept of Conservation and Recreation, Natural Heritage Division
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Virginia Master Gardener Program
Virginia Master Naturalist Program
Virginia Native Plant Society
Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association
VA Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Virginia Native Plant Species:
The Flora of Virginia Project - http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/vaflora.shtml The definitive guide to Virginia native plants. (site includes information on development of project and order form.)
Digital Atlas of the Flora of Virginia - All information that will be printed in the Flora is also being digitized and will be available on-line Digital Atlas of Virginia Flora http://www.biol.vt.edu/digital_atlas/ - a partnership with Virginia Botanical Associates and Virginia Tech. Users can search for species by county on the atlas website and DCR Natural Heritage staff is currently contributing photographs to the atlas.
Virginia Living Shorelines - http://www.ccrm.vims.edu
Native Plant Center - The portal uses the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s native plant database, associated with the publication entitled Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed. https://allianceforthebay.org/initiatives/healing-the-land/native-plant-center/ Also http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/toc.htm
USDA Plants Database (United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service) - http://plants.usda.gov/
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Austin - http://www.wildflower.org/
Flora of North Amercia - http://www.fna.org/
Piedmont Virginia Native Plant Database - www.albemarle.org/nativeplants/
Invasive Alien Plant Species of Virginia, Natural Heritage/Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/invspinfo.shtml
National Invasive Species Information Center - http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/
Native Plants for Wildlife and Water Quality Resources:
Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, by Douglas W. Tallamy - http://bringingnaturehome.net/native-gardening/gardening-for-life
Virginia Hospitality, Center for Conservation Biology and Virginia CZM Program - http://www.deq.virginia.gov/coastal/documents/hospital.pdf
How to Attract Butterflies – Basics to Gardening For Pollinators – http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/gardening.shtml and http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/documents/factsheet_chesapeakebay.pdf
General Landscaping for Wildlife article –http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/nativegardening/landscapingforwildlife.shtml
Migratory Birds of the Lower Delmarva - A Landowners Guide - College of William and Mary and Virginia CZM Program - http://www.deq.virginia.gov/export/sites/default/coastal/documents/delmarva.pdf
Habitat at Home - Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/habitat/wild-in-the-woods/habitat-at-home.pdf
Backyard Habitat - National Wildlife Federation - www.nwf.org/In-Your-Backyard.aspx
Creating a Butterfly Garden Fact Page - Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/habitat/butterfly-garden.asp
The Butterfly Society of VA - http://www.butterflysocietyofva.org/
Pollinators - http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/gardening.shtml and http://pollinator.org/posters.htm
Butterflies and Moths of North America - http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/
Selecting Trees and Shrubs for Birds Fact Page - Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/habitat/landscaping-for-the-birds.asp
Grow a Native Grass Meadow Fact Sheet - Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/habitat/wild-in-the-woods/grow-a-native-grass-meadow.pdf
Woodland Habitat Garden Fact Page - Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/habitat/woodland-garden.asp
How to Build Native Bee Boxes - http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/beebox.shtml
Wildflower Ethics – http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/ethics/index.shtml - encouraging people not to take plants from the wild
Smithsonian Department of Botany - http://www.nmnh.si.edu/botany/ - includes botanical art and images, references, botanical events and activities, information about research and collections.
Native Plants for Conservation, Restoration and Landscaping – Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Natural Heritage: www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/nativeplants.shtml
Wild Ones Handbook Online-Landscaping with Native Plants - provided by U. S. Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov/greenacres/wildones
Rainscaping.org - http://www.rainscaping.org/
Chesapeake Stormwater Network - http://chesapeakestormwater.net/category/publications/
Virginia Department of Forestry
For comments or questions concerning this program's web pages, contact Virginia Witmer.
This web site is provided by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program through a federal Coastal Zone Management Act grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce.