Here are some helpful links. To add more to this list, e-mail your suggestions to the MGPW Webmaster at

Native plants:

Native Plants for Northern Virginia – An informative primer showcasing the many beautiful plants that are native to Northern Virginia. Guide has been tailored to provide plant choices that are attractive and relatively easy to maintain.
Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping A comprehensive listing of plants native to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Plants growth characteristics and conditions, habitat, and regions are provided with an emphasis on benefits to wildlife.

Beneficial insects:

Beneficial insects in our region, the advantage of that insect, and how to attract them. Less aggressive methods for the treatment of harmful insects are given to aid in the preservation of our beneficial friends.

Beneficial Insects – Images and short tutorials on the common beneficial insects found in our Virginia habitat.

Companion planting:

Benefits of Companion Planting in Gardening – A short tutorial on why companion planting would benefit you and what to plant.

Companion Planting & Botanical Pesticides: Concepts & Resources

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