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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.

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.

Michelle Kalantari shares how she transformed her yard.

Volunteer Andy Dail shares tips for a sustainable food garden.

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

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

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

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Wondering how to get your native garden started this spring?

Read this Q&A with some of our experts for tips:

How do you know if a plant is native?
Nurseries offer "nearly native" plants, and common names can be misleading. Your best bet is to get plants from a native plant grower or one of their retail outlets. For example, many versions of black-eyed Susan are sold, but Rudbeckia hirta is the native. Don't go by common name alone.

 

What are some easy-to-grow-at-home native plants?
Butterfly milkweed, swamp milkweed, bergamot, yellow coneflower, New England aster—all of these species look great in formal gardens. Meadow blazing star is a nectar favorite of monarchs.

 

What should gardeners do now to prepare for the growing season?
Commit to no chemical use for your gardens this year. Remove sod from an area to start a pollinator or rain garden. Sketch out your property and existing plantings, determine what type of soil and how much sunlight the area gets, and bring this information to a local native plant grower for planning help. Or better yet, hire a landscape designer that specializes in native plants.

 

What kind of soil do native plants need?
Native plants thrive in all types of soil. They do best without chemicals or fertilizer.

 

Where can you find native plants for your garden?
www.plantnative.org has a comprehensive list of native plant growers in each state, and you can also check with your Department of Natural Resources.

 
 

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