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Nature’s Best Hope: Tallamy offers advice on how we can restore biodiversity

Doug Tallamy addresses the need for all of us to participate in restoring our natural world. Global insect declines and 3,000,000,000 fewer birds in North American are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us.

To create landscapes that enhance local ecosystems rather than degrade them, we must 1) remove invasives and 2) add native plant communities that sustain food webs, sequester carbon, maintain diverse native been communities and manage our watersheds.

​If we do this in half the area now in lawn, we can create Homegrown National Park, a network of viable habitats throughout the US that will provide vital corridors connecting the natural areas that remain. This approach to conservation empowers everyone to play a significant role in the future of the natural world. It is also enormously satisfying and restorative for those who act.

Doug Tallamy, the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, has authored 111 research publications and taught insect related courses for 41 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His books include Bringing Nature HomeThe Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, Nature’s Best Hope, a New York Time’s bestseller and The Nature of Oaks, a winner of the American Horticultural Society’s 2022 book award. In 2021 he co-founded Homegrown National Park with Michelle Alfandari. His awards include recognition from The Garden Writer’s Association, Audubon, The National Wildlife Federation, Allegheny College, Ecoforesters, The Garden Club of America and The American Horticultural association.

Sunday, February 26
3 pm – Author signing & Wine Reception
4 pm – Tallamy’s Chat 

Mt Vernon Unitarian Church, Main Building
1909 Windmill Lane
Alexandria, VA 22307

Tickets are $25. Other options include donations to Friends of Hollin Hills.

Buy tickets for the event HERE

First Club Meeting of the Spring Semester

Hello Horticulture Enthusiasts!

         We sure did miss you over the winter break! We hope that everybody had a safe and happy holiday season and that you’re back and ready to get your hands dirty!
Our first Horticulture Club meeting of the Spring 2023 semester is going to be on
    In this meeting, we will be discussing the upcoming events for the semester including the Career Fair in March, the Plant Sale and Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival in April, the end of the semester field trip in May, possible spring break plans, guest lecturers, and other meetings and events!
There will be a small selection of snacks and drinks available and we hope to see you there!

Invasive Plant Management Individual Placement – National Capital Region Office – 2023 Internship- Conservation Corps

Are you passionate about conservation? Are you interested in becoming a steward for the land practicing the best cultural practices that lead to a healthier environment? If this describes you, and you’re looking for an amazing engaging opportunity, consider applying for that national Captial Region Office of the Appalachian Conservation Corps Invasive Plant Management Individual Placement!

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Horticulture Club’s Annual Winter Poinsettia Sale is Back!!

It’s back and better than ever! In case you missed out on the sneak peek preview sale, you still have two more opportunities to come and pick out your perfect poinsettias! With 16 varieties, from the sparkling speckles of Red Glitter to the striking variegation of Tapestry Red to the snowlike Alaska White there’s sure to be a variety for you! All 6.5″ pots are $10 each averaging 3 to 6 blooms per plant. We accept cash and check only, sorry no credit cards are accepted at this time. We hope to see you there!

Poinsettia Sale Flyer

Horticulture Apprentice- Oak Spring Garden Foundation

Are you still trying to figure out what you’re doing during winter break? I know it might seem far away, but trust me it’s coming sooner than you think! If you’re still looking for a position to fulfill your HRT 297 Cooperative Education requirement or looking for real-world experience starting Decemeber 2022, then I have the opportunity for you! Oak Spring Garden Foundation in Upperville, VA is looking for TWO full-time Horticulture Apprentices starting in December! The position is paid, has the potential for housing if needed, and provides PTO, as well as paid holidays! They are taking applications now to begin reviewing on December 1st.


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Horticulture Club Updates- October

Now that it’s officially October, we hope you are excited about the upcoming Horticulture Haunt Pumpkin Carving and Costume Contest on October 20th from 4:30 to 6:30 in LS 102! Materials will be provided to club members with no fee, but if you have a friend who would like to participate but isn’t a member, they can purchase materials for $5. Snacks and drinks will be provided!
Non-club members also have the option of becoming members prior to the event in order to forego the materials fee by filling out the following form and submitting it according to the directions on the form.
We are also having a member’s meeting on Thursday, October 13th from 5 pm to 6 pm in LS 102 to get ready for the upcoming event. In this meeting, we will be going over logistics as well as creating decorations. We would appreciate any and all help during this meeting so that we can ensure an amazing time the following Thursday!
You can participate in Horticulture Haunt by attending in person on October 20th, by dropping off your pumpkins at LS 103 on October 20th before 6:00 pm, or by stopping by LS 103 in costume to take a photo to participate in judging for the costume contest before 6:00 pm. Judging for both the pumpkin carving and costume contest begins at 6:00 pm. 
Prizes for both the Carving and Costume Contests are as follows: 
1st Place: $25 VISA Gift Card 
2nd Place: $10 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Place: $5 Starbucks Gift Card
If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP using the following google form so that we can get an accurate headcount for all the needed materials.
Contact Horticulturist and Club Treasurer Kyra Longacre at 7039487754 or at LS 103 for additional details
Also if you haven’t already, please take the time to fill out the interest survey for the end of the plant sale field trip so that we may begin planning a cool trip to celebrate all of our members and all of the hard work that they do!

College Transfer Fair- Loudoun Campus October 13th

Originally Submitted to the NOVA Daily Flyer By: Jennifer Nelson, Coord., of University Transfer & Initiatives,

In partnership with the Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (VACRAO), NOVA will host in-person college transfer fairs on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13. These events provide students the opportunity to meet with representatives from over 50 colleges and universities in order to learn more about the transfer process. Please encourage students to attend so they can better understand how to turn their transfer dreams into reality!

The transfer fair schedule is as follows:

  • Woodbridge Campus, Wednesday, October 12, 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., Seefeldt Building (WS), 1st Floor Atrium
  • Alexandria Campus, Wednesday, October 12, 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m., Fine Arts Building (AFA), Gym and Dance Studio
  • Annandale Campus, Thursday, October 13, 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m., Richard J. Ernst Cultural Center (CE), Gymnasium
  • Loudoun Campus, Thursday, October 13, 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m., Higher Education Center (HEC), Event Center

This information can also be found on the College Transfer Fair portion of NOVA’s website.

While registration is not required, students can easily share their contact information with the colleges/universities by signing up for StriveScan.

First Fall Horticulture Club Meeting- A Successful Start to a Great Year!

Thank you to all that attended the first NVCC Horticulture Club meeting of the 2022-2023 School Year!

During this meeting, we voted for new club officers, settled dates for upcoming events throughout the semester, and had a great plant giveaway.

Your new club officers are:

Emily Allma- Co-President
Melissa Whistleman- Co-President
Cherica Ibarra- Vice President
Kyra Longacre- Treasurer
Megan Callihan- Secretary

Please make sure to give them a warm welcome and your support as they grow into their roles.

The events outlined by the club in the first meeting are as follows:

Horticulture Haunt: Pumpkin Carving and Costume Contest Thursday, October 20th, 2022 4:30-6:30pm LS 102
-Come by to Carve your best pumpkin or drop off your submission prior to the meeting
-Winner of the Carving and Costume Contest will be voted on by club members via google form that will be sent out following the meeting
-Winners from each contest will receive an amazingly haunted Horticulture Prize

Fall Color Frolicks: November Hikes to view the amazing splendor of our area celebrating the change of the seasons
Monday, November 7th, 10am Bear’s Den Scenic Overlook Hike Bluemont, VA
Monday, November 14th, 10am Hemlock Overlook Hike Clifton, VA
Keep an eye out on your inbox or the Horticulture Blog for more details to come including meeting locations.

December Big Fat Feild Trip: A field trip paid for by the horticulture club to a place or event of interest as a celebration of the successful completion of the Fall Poinsettia Sale
Saturday, December 3rd, or Sunday, December 4th All Day location to be determined through Club Member Voting
Voting Form 

If you missed the first Fall meeting, but would still like to be a member of NVCC’s Horticulture Club, please fill out the following form in its entirety and email it to

2022-2023 hort club membership form


Nature Journaling- Virtual Event

Thursday September 22nd

11 a.m. to noon

Virtual, Zoom

Calling all nature lovers once again! Nature journaling is a great way to relax, be in the present moment and practice your drawing skills. Join fellow nature enthusiast Emily Yeatts via zoom on Thursday, September 22, from 11 a.m. to noon to learn nature journaling techniques, find a specimen to observe and make your first journal entry. Go to the OnTheSquareVA website for the zoom information. This class will be available to the first 100 people who join. Make sure to have a clean piece of paper or your favorite sketchbook and a pencil/pen.


Horticulture Club First Meeting!

Horticulture Club is having its first meeting for the 2022-2023 school year! This meeting will include officer elections, social activities, food, drinks, and a free plant raffle of propagules from the greenhouse!

For more information about the club’s first meeting of the year, please contact Horticulturist Kyra Longacre in LS 103 or at for more details.

Hort club first meeting fall 2022