Living with Nature: Virginia Native Plants

Barley Woods is a special place to live for many reasons.

Not only for the homeowners but for Virginia native plants and creatures.

Boxwell Glade, Barley Woods own “wild” spot, is a wonderfully preserved natural area with woodland trails, a stream, and sitting areas.  Recently Penny,  a homeowner, took a group on a nature walk and shared her knowledge of the beautiful and intriguing wildflowers native to Virginia.

“The recent rains have brought up the mushrooms and watered the wildflowers – All from Boxwell Glade,” said Penny.

If you are looking for a fun day trip, The Virginia Living Museum located in Newport News has one of the largest displays of native plants in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Museum has display gardens of native plants for landscape use and encourages gardening with wildlife in mind. The Butterfly Garden has plants for wild butterflies and their larvae. Other plants around the grounds provide nectar for hummingbirds; fruit, nuts, or seeds for birds and mammals; and shelter or nesting spaces for a variety of creatures.

The Museum holds native plant sales the last two weekends in April and September, offering high quality, nursery propagated native plant species that are often difficult to find in the commercial nursery trade.

Cornerstone Homes’ homeowners come from all walks of life and love sharing their experiences and knowledge with one another. You just won’t find better neighbors who will become lifelong friends. Join our group of happy homeowners today in any one of our special communities.