Pearls of Wisdom
Green Water
Pearl Homes NewsletterJune 2014
Dear Pearl Homeowner,

Summer is finally here! Everything is blooming around us, and we are excited about all of those native plants that have been finding news homes through our "Year of Natives" promotion! And, of course, there are the nearly 200 trees that have already been claimed as part of our 500 trees grant.
Be sure to check out our website for details on our 500 trees, and how you can get one (or more!) planted in your yard this fall. We have had many creative folks, such as landscaping companies offering to plant one for each of their clients, individuals getting them out to their civic leagues, etc. All we ask is that they are planted in Virginia Beach, and that someone signs a basic care contract to care for each tree. 
Trista Imrich
Trista Imrich, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Lynnhaven River NOW 

Pearl Home Count: 1,679
Live Oak
Plant a Tree: 1,239
We have a wide variety of trees available for various size spaces and environmental conditions. If you are uncertain what tree might be appropriate for your yard (or faith community or school!), please contact us or check out or
Small trees (Remember, "small" is relative when it comes to trees. These start at 12-15', and go up to 35'):
Downy Serviceberry, Amelanchier arborea
 Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis
Sweetbay Magnolia, Magnolia virginiana

Medium trees:
Black Gum, Nyssa sylvatica
Eastern Red Cedar, Juniperus virginiana
Virginia Pine, Pinus virginiana
Sassafras, Sassafras albidum

Large trees:
Atlantic White Cedar, Chamaecyparis thyoides
American Beech, Fagus grandifolia
Sweet Gum, Liquidambar styraciflua
Loblolly Pine, Pinus taeda
White Oak, Quercus alba
Bald Cypress, Taxodium distichum
Live Oak, Quercus virginiana
Tulip Poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera
Longleaf Pine, Pinus palustris
To order your tree(s), contact Trista or Dana at 757-962-5398 or  We will accept orders until late summer/early Fall, so that we can get everything planted before winter temperatures set in.  
You can check out photos of the tree types here.


Social Media Update: 
LRnow is on Pinterest!

Follow us on Pinterest (especially our "Pearl Home Green Practices" board) for more ways to live a green lifestyle. Click here:  
Find and follow our blog here:  
Volunteers needed for the following outreach events (informational tables):
  • Old Beach Farmers Market- July 26th and August 23rd; 7:30-10am and 10am-12:30 
  • McDonald Garden Center Crepe Myrtle Festival- 19-20Jul, 10:30-1pm and 1-3:30pm each day 
  • National Night Out- August 5th, 4:30-6:30 and 6:30-8:30
Email if you are available to  help!
Oyster Gardening!

It's that time again! If you have a dock or access to one, and would like to be  a new or returning oyster gardener, dates are out for this year's seminars and roundups. The seminar for new oyster gardeners is August 2nd, from 9:30-11am. Returning gardeners can return or pick up their oyster spat (baby oysters) on either August 2nd, from 9-11am or September 18th, 6-8pm.

Find more details and registration here.

July 12- Be Kind with Your Line River Cleanup, 9am-12pm


August 2-Oyster Roundup/Seminar


August 9- River Cleanup, 9am-12pm


August 21- LRN Sea Camp, 8:30am-3:30pm


August 22- Lynnhaven River Paddle and Explore II, 9-4pm


September 14- "Blue Waters, Blue Skies" w/Chesapean Outdoors


October 11- Fall Fest!!!


See our website event calendar for more of LRNow's programs and events. 


For more information about any of these events, visit the LRNow website, call our office at 757-962-5398, or email