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Laurie Fox

Research Associate
Laurie J. Fox, Horticulture
Hampton Roads AREC, Virginia Tech
1444 Diamond Springs Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Ph.D., Horticulture – phytoremediation, 2009, Wageningen University (The Netherlands)

M.S., Horticulture - weed science, 1993, North Carolina State University

B.S., Horticulture - landscape design and ornamental plant production, 1990, North Carolina State University

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certified Trainer

Courses Previously Taught

  • HORT 6004 Sustainable Landscaping Systems
  • HORT 5004 Senior Seminar
  • PPWS 4754 Principles of Weed Science
  • HRT 240 Principles of Weed Science
  • HRT 202 Landscape Plant ID
  • VNLA Certified Horticulturist Review Class

Urban Water Quality & Stormwater Management

  • floating treatment wetlands for storm water management
  • phytoremediation – cleaning water with aquatic plants

Develop resources, demonstrations, and training programs focused on urban water quality, residential stormwater management, and sustainable/resilient landscaping practices.

Water quality

  • nutrient management in the landscape
  • stormwater management practices (BMPs) for landscapes
  • aquatic weed ID & management


Sustainable/resilient landscapes

  • sustainable landscape practices
  • BayScaping with native plants
  • buffer zones
  • rain gardens
  • Habitat at Home gardens
  • Small trees for utility easements & landscapes


Hampton Roads AREC

  • Tour coordinator
  • Liaison and coordinator for 28 public demonstration gardens

Extension Publications

Stormwater Management for Homeowners Fact Sheet Series

What Is A Watershed? (426-041 (SPES-2)).

Rain Garden Plants SPES-57P.

Basic Principles of Watershed Restoration and Stormwater Management in the Chesapeake Bay Region. Chesapeake Bay Landscaping Professional Certification Program. Retrieved from


Other Publications

  • Best Plants for Hampton Roads A Landscape & Garden Companion
  • Native Plants for Southeast Virginia including Hampton Roads Region

Recent Scientific Journal Articles

  • Spangler, J. T., Sample, D. J., Fox, L. J., Owen, J. S., & White, S. A. (2019). Floating treatment wetland aided nutrient removal from agricultural runoff using two wetland species. ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING, 127, 468-479. doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2018.12.017
  • Spangler, J. T., Sample, D. J., Fox, L. J., Albano, J. P., & White, S. A. (2019). Assessing nitrogen and phosphorus removal potential of five plant species in floating treatment wetlands receiving simulated nursery runoff. Environmental science and pollution research international. doi:10.1007/s11356-018-3964-0