Helpful "How-to" Websites
Okay, we'll admit it. We don't know everything about planting more plants. But we've tried to gather resources from those who do. Here are some links that you may find useful or of interest.
Marylanders Plant Trees
This coupon is worth $25 off the purchase of one tree with a retail value of $50 or more at all participating retail nurseries and garden center in Maryland.
Click here to download the coupon
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Virginia Cooperative Extension is an educational outreach program of Virginia’s land-grant universities: Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, and a part of the National Institute from Food and Agriculture, and agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. They are an outstanding source of information on landscaping and horticulture. Here is a link to their publications page. Check out "Lawn and Garden" and "Nursery, Greenhouse and Turf."
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
LBJ Wildflower Center provides a list of native plants in Virginia by site conditions. Use their plant selector to generate lists based on site conditions, plant height, blooming time, and more.
The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service link below provides information on water-friendly landscape techniques also known as "Bayscaping"
Homeowners in the District of Columbia can receive incentives to help reduce stormwater runoff by making landscape enhancements like planting shade trees, installing rain barrels and more.
Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation
DCR’s mission - The Department of Conservation and Recreation works with Virginians to conserve, protect, and enhance their lands and improve the quality of the Chesapeake Bay and our rivers and streams, promotes the stewardship and enjoyment of natural, cultural and outdoor recreational resources, and ensures the safety of Virginia’s dams.
Use DCR's Virginia Native Plant Finder to locate plants for your yard.
Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council
CCLC is a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to researching, promoting, and educating the public about conservation-based gardening and landscaping practices in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The Council is committed to fostering changes in public attitudes and the implementation of practices that result in a cleaner, healthier and more beautiful environment benefiting residents and the region’s biological diversity.
The RainScaping Campaign is an enviromental partnership for stormwater runoff solutions for Anne Arundel County. Working together, 45 (and growing) partners are implementing the RainScaping Campaign to improve the health of Anne Arundel County's tributaries and the Chesapeake Bay. The RainScaping Campaign is sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants Program, which is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
VNLA is the state trade association for garden centers, nursery growers, landscape designers, installation and maintenance contractors, greenhouses and horticultural suppliers.
Virginia Green Industry Council
VGIC is the proactive voice of Virginia’s Green Industry coordinating industry organizations, providing education, environmental guidelines and other information keeping Virginia green and growing.
Chesapeake Bay Program
Information, data, maps and publications about the Chesapeake Bay, the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and the Chesapeake Bay Program.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
The Chesapeake Bay is showing encouraging signs of rebounding but is still in critical condition as a result of pollution. Find out how the Bay is doing, how it’s improving, and how it’s dangerously out of balance.
Learn some creative ways to integrate the Chesapeake Bay and environmental issues into your classroom lessons. Search through the Bay Backpack’s books, multimedia, curriculum guides, individual lesson plans and online data sources about the subjects you are teaching in class.
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