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Effect of weather changes: USDA revises planting zones for Virginia

Revised USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is important to farmers and gardeners because the map recommends when and what to plant based on weather conditions/hardiness zones. Virginia a half-zone warmer.

Celebrate Earth Day by participating in one of 50+ events at Virginia State Parks

From educational programs to hands-on conservation efforts, the parks invite visitors of all ages to join in honoring our planet and taking action for a sustainable future. There will be something for everyone this Earth Day at Virginia State Parks. To learn more, go to

Va. Cooperative Extension to teach how to start native plants from seed

If you're interested in knowing how to start native plants from seed, join Virginia Cooperative Extension on Wednesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. VCE will host long time Master Gardener Pat Lust for a ZOOM talk on the steps necessary for growing your native plant garden from seed.

Prescribed fire planned at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts next week

The goals of this fire are to maintain wildlife habitat and control woody and invasive species. This will be the park’s second prescribed fire following a successful burn in April 2018.

You can help avoid invasive plant pests and diseases that threaten Va. agriculture

April is Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month and there is a lot of concern about non-native plant pests and plant diseases. Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) encourages everyone to help reduce the threat that invasive plant pests and diseases pose to Virginia’s agricultural and natural resources.

Want to be a gardener? How to start and share new plants tomorrow, March 30

Join PW Master Gardeners on Satueday, March 30 for a program on starting and sharing plants.

Discount program encourages residents to plant native Virginia trees

More nurseries wanted to participate in growing native Virginia trees discount program. “Last year’s successful pilot resulted in getting more than 1,500 trees in the ground that will provide shade, reduce temperatures and offer more ecosystem benefits, especially for essential pollinators,” VDOF said.

PW County to open new Rollins Ford park in Nokesville area on Oct. 7

On Saturday, Oct. 7, the new Rollins Ford Park in Nokesville will host the opening ribbon cutting ceremonies from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Governor Youngkin declares state of emergency due to approaching storm

This is an unusual storm, which has been difficult to accurately forecast, approaching large population centers with many at-risk communities. Accordingly, the pre-positioning of response assets and supplies will be necessary to assist our local and state partners. The Virginia Emergency Support Team will activate for this incident.

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