May 22, 2017

Wow! The 350 people who attended our Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale on Sunday, May 7th purchased over 2,400 local-ecotype native plants from our Wild Plant Nursery. All of these plants are going to help create real ecological value in home gardens across the DC region. And, for the first time, a member of the Sangha’s board offered to match donations at the plant sale. Ninety-nine people, including 72 new members (Hi guys, welcome!), donated a total of $3,545! With the donation match, we raised a record-breaking $28,477 for local parkland restoration at our Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale!!!

But none of this would’ve been possible without the efforts of our dedicated volunteers. A big thank you to everyone who gave up their time to tally, di...

December 29, 2015

Dear Friends,

 

Before I say anything else, I first want to thank you for helping the Earth Sangha have such a productive year! Your donations funded the expansion of our Tree Bank Nursery, jump-started our new reforestation efforts in the Dominican Republic, and brought our DC area seed collection efforts into the 21st century. You pulled invasives at Marie Butler Leven Preserve and planted native plants on public lands. You heard Lisa’s call and helped rebuild sections of the Wild Plant Nursery and transplant seedlings after a difficult winter damaged much of our woody stock. And your yards became homes to thousands of local ecotype, native plants from our Wild Plant Nursery.  

 

We are really looking forward to 2016 and we’ve already gotten a head start! Mat...

December 11, 2015

Last year, I put together 2 infographics covering what we accomplished at the Wild Plant Nursery and the Tree Bank and I heard back from a number of members that they really enjoyed them. So we go again! I hope you enjoy this "snapshot" of 2015 at the Wild Plant Nursery. Look for the Tree Bank's snapshot next Friday. 

 

If you like what you see here, please consider including the Earth Sangha in your end-of-the-year giving. Two of very generous donors have pledged to match the first $50 of every donation that the Sangha receives, through January 15! That match could go a long way to help us put up even better numbers next year!

 

 

 

 

October 23, 2015

Photo: A Japanese stiltgrass investation at the Marie Butler Leven Preserve.

 

This post is the first of our Invasive Plant Profiles. Once a month or so, we’ll feature an invasive species that we are actively working to remove from our local parks. It might, though hopefully isn’t, one that you have in your backyard! We hope that you’ll find this series informative and fun.

 

Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum)

 

As you’ve undoubtedly seen in our newsletter, The Acorn, we’ve been hard at work all year removing a variety of invasive alien plants from the Marie Butler Leven Preserve, located in McLean, VA. This summer, we’ve dedicated many volunteer and staff hours to removing Japanese stiltgrass. A big thanks to our Restoration Site Leaders for leading add...

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