For 15 years, the Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (NNNPS) has held a fall Native Plant sale. This year’s sale is from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, September 7 at Wicomico Parish Church, 5191 Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Highway, Wicomico Church.
This year will be the biggest sale ever with well over 1,000 plants and, as always, many Society members will be available to answer questions and help find the perfect plants for your garden. All plants are Virginia natives with 95% of them native to the Coastal Plain of Virginia including the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. It is really the only source for native plants within 60 or more miles of the region. As always, the Chapter’s free guide to Northern Neck Natives will be available. Most plants are raised by a dedicated and experienced group of members.
“Wow, this year’s sale will be the best ever! Native plants are not only much better adapted to our local area, but they are absolutely necessary for all our wildlife,” said past president Kevin Howe. “When planted properly, native plants require no fertilizer, less water, no pesticides. By creating food and habitat for native butterflies, other insects, birds, mammals, etc., they are integral hubs in the web of life”
“And many are just spectacularly beautiful,” said Chapter Conservation Chair and botanist, Betsy Washington.
The sale will feature over 80 varieties of flowers, ferns, grasses, trees, vines and shrubs including American beautyberry, New Jersey tea, two coastal azaleas, Eastern redbud, lyre-leaf sage, seashore mallow, great blue lobelia and milkweed. The Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck will provide assistance with moving and loading plants.
“Chapter members can help you pick out plants for your specific needs or desires or with the names of native plants,” said Howe. “Some of us can demonstrate how to use the mobile application ‘Flora of Virginia’ to identify all of our state’s native plants.”
The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society is one of 11 chapters in the state. It is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the native plants of Virginia and their habitats, in order to sustain for generations to come the integrity of the Commonwealth’s rich natural heritage of ecosystems and biodiversity for purposes of enjoyment, enlightenment, sustainable use and the community’s own survival.
Public meetings are held at noon on the third Thursday of the month at Wicomico Parish Church. Field trips are held throughout the year to natural areas, roadsides and native plant gardens. All activities are free and are supported by the annual plant sale.
These Azaleas are native to the Northern Neck.