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.

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.

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.


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