Native Plants and Plant Invaders resources
One reason I like County Fairs like Arlington's or Montgomery County's is for the information booths by nonprofits and government agencies. (Although this year churches and a pro-life group are at the MoCo AgFair. Suzanne was surprised when a person at one of the church booths--they offer enticements like bracelet creation, which our 6-year-old next door neighbor cannot resist, making her susceptible to their spiels--told our little neighbor that God loves her more than even her parents are capable of.)
Groups like the Izaak Walton League, the Master Gardener program, Montgomery County's Department of Environmental Protection and the Solid Waste Division are usually exhibiting and are good places for people in the Chesapeake Bay region to get guidance on various environmental topics.
I picked up copies of these items, which are also listed on the blog:
-- Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat & Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed
-- Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas
We just don't have equivalently good "expositions" in DC where we can count on getting such good information and resources (e.g., I picked up a compost bin from MoCo DEP).
At the Arlington County Fair--it ended today, the Montgomery County fair goes through next weekend-- county government agencies take up one complete aisle in the indoor exhibition building. Even the County Manager spends some time in the booth, interacting with fair-goers and answering their questions.