If you have a garden and need coaching or don’t have a garden and need help building it, a few local companies can make it easy for you to get your hands dirty and put homegrown food on your table. These include Love & Carrots and Prior Unity Garden
One landscape designer with a lot of experience in natural play areas in the home and in many private and public schools is Nancy Striniste of EarlySpace, LLC. See this article I wrote about Nancy’s work at TheDCMoms.com
In Takoma Park, Lisa Caprioglio of Aldertree Garden also works with native plants and has a background in Montessori education. Click here for more on Lisa’s 2010 presentation to the Arlington/Alexandria chapter of Holistic Moms Network.
A great source for information is the Master Gardener of Northern Virginia program
There are many nurseries in the area, but sources for native plants in particular include:
- Nature by Design in Alexandria at the end of small Calvert Street off Rt. 1 near Potomac Yard
- various locations of American Plant
- The Garden Gate Plant Shop at Green Springs Garden Park in Alexandria near Annandale and special events including a huge mid-May garden day and a fall plant sale in early October
- Wild Plant Nursery at non-profit Buddhist organization Earth Sangha. Located in Fairfax; purchases by appointment.