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. A comprehensive listing of all the native plants of the Northern Neck (see NNK Natives Comprehensive Cover.pdf, NNK Natives by Common Names.pdf, and NNK Natives by genus.pdf.

  3. NNKNew Brochures from the Plant NNK Native Plants Campaign. Be sure to check out these new brochures that will be available at NNNPS meetings and online, soon. You can see PDF versions by clicking on the three links below:

  4.     Deer Resistant Native Plants for the Northern Neck Deer Resistant.pdf 

  5.     Native Plants for Northern Neck Bay-Friendly Properties WaterQuality.pdf

  6.     Salt Tolerant Northern Neck Native Plants Salt Tolerant.pdf

  7. Garden plans with plant lists GardenPlans.pdf

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

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

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

  11. An exhibit for use at special events.

  12. A web page describing Past GNGN Events

  13. Gifts and note cards

The Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (NNNPS) partners with a number of other organizations and businesses in managing the Campaign, which was initiated in 2013. Through the generous support of the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, the Campaign has undertaken a number of education and outreach projects promoting the planting of Northern Neck natives. In the fall of 2015, the Campaign published a survey to gather information on the success of the Campaign and potential actions to continue the Campaign. This document summarizes the findings of the survey and implications for future directions: Mid-Campaign Survey Results.pdf

For more information, send email to

Janet Pawlukiewicz, Project Manager