Did you know that native plants – once established – require no herbicides or pesticides to maintain their beauty? Or that they don’t require extra watering from our precious water supply? Did you know that our native pollinators and birds generally prefer native plants for nectaring and seed? Through its profile of 7 hometown habitat heroes, the film Hometown Habitat – Stories of Bringing Nature Home addresses these questions and will inspire the viewer to adopt their own native landscaping practices.

With the support of the Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO), the Eastern Shore of Virginia Master Gardeners (ESVMG) extends an invitation to attend a showing of this film on Sunday, April 29, at 2:00 PM, at the Island Theater Annex on Main Street in Chincoteague, Virginia. The first 50 filmgoers will receive a free native tree or shrub seedling. Admission is free, but donations will be appreciated.


The narrative thread of this 60-minute documentary is provided by renowned entomologist Douglas Tallamy, Ph.D. whose research, books and lectures about the use of non-native plants in landscaping sound the alarm about habitat and species loss. Tallamy challenges the notion that humans are here and nature is someplace else. Tallamy says, “It doesn’t have to and shouldn’t be that way.” Tallamy shares how important it is to incorporate nature into all landscaping endeavors, including personal gardening spaces in urban and suburban areas, instead of simply setting aside special areas or preserves for nature.


For two years, producer/director Catherine Zimmerman and her film crew traveled around the country, visiting hometown habitat heroes and filming their inspiring stories of community commitment to conservation landscaping. Zimmerman shares these success stories and works-in-progress, which reawaken and redefine our relationship with nature. The message inspires all of us with the power to support habitat for wildlife and to bring natural beauty to our personal patch of the Earth. And the goal of the film energizes all of us to help build a new army of habitat heroes and make natural landscaping the new landscaping norm.


ESVMG is a non-profit organization with volunteer educators who provide research-based horticulture information from Virginia Tech and Virginia State Universities to the community and schools by participating in events such as the Annual Accomack County Farm Tour Day, Cape Charles Farmers’ Market, Eastern Shore Heritage Celebration and many more community events.  ESVMG maintains multiple educational gardens including Kerr Place, Eastville Inn Garden and Kiptopeake State Park Native Garden. Individuals become Master Gardeners by completing over 50 hours of intensive classroom and field training and a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service on ESVMG projects during the first year after completion of formal training.


For more information go to www.esvmg.com or call (757) 678-7946 extension 29.