Cultivate Nature

Cultivate Nature This consulting business is dedicated to assisting landowners reap the benefits of cultivating nature and conserving biodiversity.

Let the observations commence!
10/31/2014
15 Things to Observe Before Starting your Permaculture Design

Let the observations commence!

15 Things to Observe Before Starting your Permaculture Design 0 Spread the love When you first start considering turning a site into a permaculture garden, you need to do a thorough analysis of the plot. You need to get to know the land, the organisms that live on it and the influences that act upon…

10/28/2014

Cultivate Nature is about to endeavor to restore over 3 acres of land in Great Falls, Virginia. It will be posting photos, strategies, plans etc throughout the multi-year process. Stay tuned for updates here!

Register Today: Virginia Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses
08/21/2013
Register Today: Virginia Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses

Register Today: Virginia Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the USDA Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are pleased to announce two upcoming Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses in Virginia.

Sassafras albidum- Lauraceae
08/21/2013
http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=saal5

Sassafras albidum- Lauraceae

USA (AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV), CAN (ON)

Locally, to learn more about trees and services provided by Fairfax County go to Department of Urban Forestry.
08/21/2013
How Do Trees Benefit Me? - Fairfax County, Virginia

Locally, to learn more about trees and services provided by Fairfax County go to Department of Urban Forestry.

Trees... needed shade, a thing of beauty, a perch for a bird, and a challenge to deal with those leaves in the fall! This is what some people in our region think of when they think about trees, unless they slow down and take a closer look. In Fairfax County and...

"A kind of frenzy descends on Virginians in the early spring. The call of bluebells, merrybells, trilliums and trout lil...
04/22/2013

"A kind of frenzy descends on Virginians in the early spring. The call of bluebells, merrybells, trilliums and trout lilies is a clarion call that draws whole families into a flower treasure hunt out in the distant woods and valleys where nature still has the freedom to show her own exuberance for the season." - http://cleangreennatives.blogspot.com/2013/04/toothwort-is-that-for-dinner.html

A kind of frenzy descends on Virginians in the early spring. The call of bluebells, merrybells, trilliums and trout lilies is a clarion call that draws whole families into a flower treasure hunt out in the distant woods and valleys where nature still has the freedom to show her own exuberance for the season..http://cleangreennatives.blogspot.com/2013/04/toothwort-is-that-for-dinner.html

"...a new kind of urban planting, one with incredible public appeal — it is colorful but somehow also wild looking; ther...
04/22/2013
A Wilder Way

"...a new kind of urban planting, one with incredible public appeal — it is colorful but somehow also wild looking; there is plenty of seasonal change although the plantings are permanent, and they pull in urban wildlife too...part of a movement that seeks to use long-lived, perennial plants, which need minimal management."

Planting pioneer Piet Oudolf’s home in Nantucket features a garden designed as if nature created it.

04/11/2013
Events

For those of you who are free on a Wednesday afternoon!!

Wild Flowers of the Potomac Valley Collection

May 01, 2013, 2-4 PM

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA 22182
(near Wolf Trap)
703.255.3631

View native plants in a garden setting and learn how to incorporate them into your landscape. Expect to see many perennials in bloom, including Trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and pussytoes, along with woody plants such as maple leaf viburnum, fringe trees and paw paw trees. Free.

04/11/2013

Trillium Trek- Northern Virginia

Sun., May 12, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Adults. Travel to Linden, VA to see one of the largest (millions!) Great White Trillium displays in the world! This area is resplendent with many wildflowers, including native orchids and has a variety of wildlife to observe. On the somewhat rocky two-mile trail we’ll discuss plant folklore, natural history, identification and ethnobotany. Heading home, we’ll stop to purchase country crafts and apple products. Dress for hiking; bring water and a bag lunch to eat on the trail. Van leaves from Lubber Run Center parking lot, 300 N Park Dr., Arlington, VA 22203 or will pick up from Ballston Metro with advance request: 703-228-6535. $30 fee. Program #632943-F

Don't miss visiting this preserve early spring to catch the display of Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica, just 35 ...
04/07/2013
Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area

Don't miss visiting this preserve early spring to catch the display of Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica, just 35 miles south of D.C.

Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville, Virginia as described by the Prince William Conservation Alliance

These species are also native to the Chesapeake Bay watershed including the D.C. area (northern VA and southern MD)
04/07/2013
Grow Your Own Food - Edible Native Plants for New England

These species are also native to the Chesapeake Bay watershed including the D.C. area (northern VA and southern MD)

Front yard gardens, balcony veggie gardens, community gardens, victory gardens... growing your own food is making an enormous resurgence these days - as the economy and fuel prices makes fresh food...

Our first wildflower sighting this season, Hepatica nobilis, at Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
04/07/2013

Our first wildflower sighting this season, Hepatica nobilis, at Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Doug Tallamy is Bringing Nature Home
04/07/2013
Doug Tallamy is Bringing Nature Home

Doug Tallamy is Bringing Nature Home

For many wildlife gardeners Doug Tallamy wrote the bible of gardening for life. Bringing Nature Home is a ground-breaking book that has promoted a new paradigm for gardeners around the country. In ...

Beware the Invasive Butterfly Bush
04/07/2013
Beware the Invasive Butterfly Bush

Beware the Invasive Butterfly Bush

Yes, Butterfly Bush (Buddleia spp) is an invasive plant. Oregon has even banned the sale of this plant. I’ve seen it in action myself as it is blocking out fragile dune vegetation on the beaches in...

Ignite Your Garden with Spring Wildflowers Lecture | United States Botanic Garden
03/26/2013
Ignite Your Garden with Spring Wildflowers Lecture | United States Botanic Garden

Ignite Your Garden with Spring Wildflowers Lecture | United States Botanic Garden

Event Date: Fri, Apr 05, 2013Rick J. Lewandowski, Horticulturalist, Naturalist and ConsultantThe ideal way to usher in spring is to incorporate native wildflowers into your garden for spectacular early season beauty. Native plants are often overlooked, yet, they provide amazing color, texture and be...

"An article just published by Doug Tallamy in the American Forests magazine. It's classic Tallamy, succinct explanations...
03/26/2013
A Call For Backyard Biodiversity | American Forests

"An article just published by Doug Tallamy in the American Forests magazine. It's classic Tallamy, succinct explanations that make connected sense for the use of natives. These are great to keep on hand to share when needed."- Virginia Native Plant Society

Common suburban landscapes consist of manicured lawns and nonnative ornamental plants, which provide little nourishment to local fauna.

Help Monarchs with the Right Milkweeds
03/26/2013
Help Monarchs with the Right Milkweeds

Help Monarchs with the Right Milkweeds

What is it about the Monarch butterfly that inspires such admiration? Is it their striking orange and black coloring? The polka-dotted black wing band? The elegant, upward sweep of their wing struc...

03/25/2013
Sanctuary Certification and Registration

"Audubon at Home, and promotes citizen participation in conserving and restoring local natural habitat and biodiversity"

The wesbsite also has links to great resources including lists of native plant to attract wildlife to your home garden.

Certifying properties as “Wildlife Sanctuaries” is a volunteer-driven project of the Northern Virginia chapter of the National Audubon Society.It embraces the principles of the National Audubon Society’s program, Audubon at Home, and promotes citizen participation in conserving and restoring local n...

Mark your calendars for the Earth Sangha native plant sale, May 5th, 10am-2pm in Springfield, VA.All the proceeds from t...
03/24/2013
Earth Sangha: Wild Plant Nursery

Mark your calendars for the Earth Sangha native plant sale, May 5th, 10am-2pm in Springfield, VA.

All the proceeds from the sale will be used to support ecological restoration projects in Fairfax County parkland.

Earth Sangha: A Buddhist environmental nonprofit engaged in conservation, ecological restoration (forest and meadow restoration), tropical agroforestry, tropical forest conservation, and environmental education.

DON'T MISS THIS FREE EVENT in our Nation's Capital!Fri, Apr 05, 2013 at 12pm
03/24/2013
Ignite Your Garden with Spring Wildflowers Lecture | United States Botanic Garden

DON'T MISS THIS FREE EVENT in our Nation's Capital!
Fri, Apr 05, 2013 at 12pm

Event Date: Fri, Apr 05, 2013Rick J. Lewandowski, Horticulturalist, Naturalist and ConsultantThe ideal way to usher in spring is to incorporate native wildflowers into your garden for spectacular early season beauty. Native plants are often overlooked, yet, they provide amazing color, texture and be...

03/24/2013
Sustainability and Nature Symposium

Register NOW for a symposium at the University of Richmond, VA on April 17th with speakers authors Dr. Doug Tallamy (author of "Bringing Nature Home") and Richard Louv (author of "The Nature Principle)

The Symposium will conclude with a free public lecture on the campus of the University of Richmond. Respected authors and speakers Dr. Doug Tallamy and Richard Louv will speak about the importance of ecology and the connectivity of student experiences in nature. The event is free and open to…

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03/21/2013
Cultivate Nature

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How to cultivate nature close to home

03/21/2013

Know anyone in the Washington DC metropolitan area?

Let them know they can have a beautiful native plant garden that attracts desireable wildlife and optimizes sustainability.

For garden design services, e-mail Cultivate Nature at [email protected]

A great resource!
03/20/2013
Maryland Native Plant Society - Home

A great resource!

Join our adventure in understanding the diversity of the Heath family. Throughout 2013 field trips, workshops, and lectures will focus on heath identification, what role heaths play in the Mid-Atlantic ecosystem, and how valuable they are for humans and wildlife.

A great resource!
03/20/2013
Virginia Native Plant Society | Conserving Wild Flowers and Wild Places

A great resource!

Virginia Native Plant SocietyVNPS NEWS Spring Plant Sales! One of the most common questions we get is this one: “Where can I get native plants?” Answer: going to the native plant spring sales is one of the best ways to find native plants for your garden. We have compiled a list of sales of many kin...

03/20/2013

Native plant sales are great ways to access native plant sales in the Washington DC metropolitan area!

First one of the season is at the US National Arboretum this Saturday, March 23.

03/20/2013
Calendar of Events

The United States National Arboretum Native Plant Sale
March 23, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Events TOC

03/20/2013

Happy first day of spring! Notice the first signs of spring: a warm breeze, blooms, birdsong and smiles!

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03/20/2013

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