Northampton County

Check out the following sites in Accomack County where you can find ES Natives!


Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge - "Pollinator Garden"

A wide variety of Virginia native plants attract pollinators to three gardens at the Refuge, installed in partnership with Refuge volunteers, the Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory, Eastern Shore SWCD, The Nature Conservancy, Virginia CZM Program, Virginia Field Office Partners for Fish and Wildlife, and Youth Conservation Corps - front of visitor center (top image), next to office (bottom left) and behind visitor center (bottom right). Bring your camera and binoculars, and surround yourself with the gardens’ many floral colors and smells as you stroll along pathways in and around the gardens.


ES native plants of note at this site include:
Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly-weed
Asimina triloba - Pawpaw
Helianthus angustifolius - Narrow-leaved Sunflower
Lobelia cardinalis - Cardinal Flower
Monarda fistulosa - Bergamot


Kiptopeke State Park - "Wildlife Garden"

Eastern Shore Master Gardeners designed and installed this garden in Kiptopeke State Park on the 26-acre CZM/Taylor Tract. Over 900 native forbs, shrubs, vines and small trees (17 species) were planted along the garden’s walkway as part of a Virginia CZM Program grant to the park to restore habitat on the property and provide public access amenities. Native vines cling to a pergola arching over a bench in the garden inviting visitors to relax and enjoy the garden and a view of a pond. Signage highlights the value of natives. Master Gardeners work with Park staff to maintain the garden.


ES native plants of note at this site include:
Amelanchier arborea - Downy Serviceberry
Bignonia capreolata - Crossvine
Coreopsis lanceolata - Lanceleaf Coreopsis
Sisyrinchium angustifolium - Blue-eyed grass
Wisteria frutescens - Atlantic wisteria


UVA Anheuser Busch Coastal Research Center - "Maritime Forest"

This site highlights Eastern Shore native plants that can tolerate sandy soils, low level salt spray and bright sun to partial shade. Plants were chosen to provide year-round food sources to a wide variety of birds, butterflies and small animals. The initial emphasis of this ongoing planting project is on overstory species. The site was installed and is being maintained by staff of the University of Virginia Anheuser Busch Coastal Research Center.


ES native plants of note at this site include:
Callicarpa Americana - Beautyberry
Cercis Canadensis - Redbud
Parthenocissus quinquefolia - Virginia Creeper
Quercus stellata - Post Oak
Sassafras albidum - Sassafras