Northern Neck Chapter of the 
Virginia Native Plant Society

The Go Native – Grow Native campaign seeks to inspire Northern Neck residents and businesses to use native plants in their gardens and protect native vegetation in the landscape.

Native plants provide many ecological benefits.  For example, they serve as sources of food (berries, seeds, nectar) and habitat year round for resident and migratory birds.  They also provide energy sources and host plants for many pollinators and their larvae, which in turn become bird food.  Native plants need less watering, so they assist in water conservation efforts important to maintaining a potable water supply on the Neck.  They absorb nutrients and soak up water before it runs off the ground helping to prevent stream pollution.  And, they typically require less fertilizer and fewer pesticides than non-native plants, thus reducing the introduction of pollutants to the environment.

Go Native – Grow Native campaign activities are increasing both the demand for and supply of Northern Neck native plants. Products include:

  1. A full-color guide entitled Northern Neck Native Plant Guide (NorthernNeckNativePlantGuide.pdf ) and sample garden plans that feature the plants.

  2. New educational signage on native plants in local demonstration gardens.

  3. Native plant identification tags, promotional banners and flags for partner retail establishments to help gardeners identify native plants for their gardens.

  4. Native Plant of the Month feature articles in local newspapers.

  5. An exhibit for use at special events.

  6. A web page describing Past GNGN Events

  7. A collection of note cards

For more information, send email to

Janet Pawlukiewicz, Project Manager