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Get Wild, Go Native!

Native gardening is good for our air, our water, wildlife and us! Once established, native plants save time and money by reducing—sometimes eliminating—the need for fertilizers, pesticides, water and lawn maintenance equipment.

And, what's more, native gardening is easy to do, no matter where you live. In the videos below, gardeners from across the United States share how they've used native plants in their own yards to reduce storm water runoff, attract wildlife, help their gardens grow and much more.

Learn how food at a picnic would not be possible without pollinators.

How to build a rain garden in two days.

Michelle Kalantari shares how she transformed her yard.

Urban Gardens.

Native plants provide beauty all year long.

Students help create and learn from a beautiful native garden.

Conservancy supporters in Arkansas build native memorial garden.

Conservancy's Doug Ladd talks with the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Conservancy Supporter Nancy Heiden talks about rain gardens.

Volunteer Andy Dail shares tips for a sustainable food garden.

Jeff Walk talks urban gardens and the importance of native plants.

Jeff Walk talks with Jim Runnion (Chicago Transit Authority) about rooftop gardens.

Jeff Walk talks with Julie Samuels (Openlands) about community gardens.

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Join our "Go Native" group to learn all the ways you can "Get Wild" in your life.


Want to attract bees, butterflies, moths and other pollinators to your garden?

Here are a few tips to get you started:

1) Use native plants! Bees, butterflies and other pollinators have evolved with them, and they are better adapted to your local climate and soils than non-native plants.


2) Get to know your pollinators' favorite foods. Hummingbirds like tubular flowers such as Virginia bluebells and columbine. Butterflies like bright red, purple and yellow flowers including blazingstar, asters and goldenrod.


3) Want to attract monarch butterflies? Then plant milkweed, the food that monarch caterpillars love the best!


4) Don't use pesticides in or near your garden. In addition to habitat loss, they are one of the reasons we have fewer bees, butterflies and other insects than in the past.


5) Be nice to bees; they are one of the most effective pollinators as they feed only on flowers. Some favorites include bergamot, spiderwort and sunflowers.


6) Plant a diversity of native flowers so there is something blooming all season long for bees, butterflies and other insects to eat.


7) Watch the butterflies, moths, bees and birds show up in your garden. Have your camera ready. They are not only great pollinators but a beautiful part of planet Earth.


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