Virginia Working Landscapes


About the Project

Virginia Working Landscapes has launched Native Plant Watch, a project to engage our community in conversation and information-sharing around native plants. Our goal is to make this space useful as a hub for resources, stories, and the latest information about how each and every one of us, as land-stewards, can engage in conservation practices in our own yards, schools, public parks, or even porches.

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 would like to use this platform to share the latest research that addresses these topics. Stay tuned as we build out the Native Plant Watch pages. For now, here is a great article by our collaborators at the Virginia Native Plant Society addressing the question, why native plants?

Plant Highlights

Visit our plant highlights page at the link in the button below to view weekly posts highlighting native plants in our area of Virginia. These posts, written by our VWL team and guest contributors focus on species ranging from common to rare, from forest to field to backyard. We also try to indicate which species do well in gardens or landscaping.

Let us know if there are particular plant species you are curious about and would like us to highlight. Connect with us by leaving comments or questions directly on the posts or by email (


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