Related Links

In case you’d like to know more about wildflowers, here are some useful web sites.  Some provide resources for teachers and students, while others are membership organizations for individuals interested in wildflowers.  All offer very useful information about our wildflowers.

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
http://www.vmga.net/aboutvmga.htm
Information about Virginia state parks, including Holliday Lake and Bear Creek Lake. Highlights locations, services, special programs, & volunteer opportunities.

Virginia Native Plant Society
http://www.vnps.org/
A membership organization for individuals interested in our native plants.

Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora
http://www.biol.vt.edu/digital_atlas/
An ongoing project. The database is searchable by the scientific name of a plant and the name of the county where it may be found. Includes photos and information about plant classifications.

Connecticut Botanical Society
http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/
Information on wildflowers and ferns that can be searched by color. Includes photos, scientific and common names, and general information on habitat. Very helpful in identifying wildflowers by bloom.

NatureServe
http://ww.natureserve.org/
A non-profit conservation group that provides scientific information about plants, animals, and ecosystems.

US Forest Service: Celebrating Wildflowers
http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/
An educational guide to enjoying wildflowers in national forests and parks. Excellent resource for students and teachers.

Heart of Virginia Master Gardener
http://www.hovmg.org/HOVMG/
Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are a unique group of volunteers who work under the guidance of VCE to provide unbiased, research-based, environmentally sound horticulture information to the public. The Heart of Virginia Chapter serves Prince Edward, Buckingham, and Cumberland Counties.

Central Piedmont Chapter, Virginia Master Naturalists
http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org/centralpiedmont.html
Virginia Master Naturalists are a statewide corps of volunteers who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. The Central Piedmont Chapter is based in Cumberland County.

Missouri Wildflowers
http://www.missouriplants.com/
Information about over 1000 Missouri plants — descriptions and detailed color photographs. Plants are organized by flower color and leaf characteristics. Many of these plants are also found in Virginia.

East Coast Native Azaleas
http://www.tjhsst.edu/~dhyatt/azaleas/
Information about native azaleas, including photos, habitat, and salient characteristics.

2bnTheWild
http://www.2bnthewild.com/
Information about wildflowers of the Southeastern United States. Good images. Information on related folklore also.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
http://www.wildflower.org/?html=home
Extensive database of wildflower images and information. Teaching materials.

North Carolina State University Horticultural Department’s Database
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/factsheets/wildflowers/wildflowerindex.html
Information to help identify wildflowers. Photos and descriptions of wildflowers. Information about wildflowers of the Southeastern United States. Good images.

USDA Plant Database
http://plants.usda.gov/java/
Information on plant characteristics, distribution, cultural significance. Over 40,000 entries in database.

Wildflower Information.org
http://wildflowerinformation.org/
Information for the enthusiast. Photos, descriptive material, definitions of wildflowers, and information on how to grow wildflowers in home gardens.

North Carolina Native Plant Society
http://www.ncwildflower.org/index.php
Database of photos and descriptive material. Very good information on native orchids. List of speakers available on related topics.