Virginia Working Landscapes


About the Project

Virginia Working Landscapes has launched Native Plant Watch with the goal of engaging our community in learning, information-sharing, and conservation action through this ever-evolving hub for all things native plants.

Here you will soon find educational tools, research, DIY conservation resources, and ways that everyone can be a botanist!

Why Native Plants

Virginia Working Landscapes is dedicated to promoting the conservation of native biodiversity.

But you may ask…

What is ‘native’? Native to where… local, regional? Why are native plants important? What happens as species start disappearing?

We are continuously working to answer these questions through the sharing of resources, research, and information. This is a work in progress, and we highly value your input!

For now, here is a great article by our collaborators at the Virginia Native Plant Society addressing the question, why native plants?

Native Plant Highlights

Weekly highlights written by our VWL team and contributors focus on native species ranging from common to rare, found from forest to field to backyard. Each post includes a brief botanical description followed by interesting facts about the plants’ interactions with wildlife, historical and cultural uses, unique features and ways to integrate them into our lives.

Let us know if there are particular plant species you are curious about, and we will be sure to post about them!

Connect by leaving comments on the posts or emailing us at


VWL is supported 100% by grants and donations and our work is made possible by the generous contributions from our community.

The Smithsonian Institution is a 501(c)(3). All contributions are tax-deductible.


Virginia Working Landscapes
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
1500 Remount Road, MRC 5537
Front Royal, Virginia 22630