Go Wild With Native Gardening

Gardening is a fun and relaxing hobby enjoyed by many. Unfortunately, some of the plant species available to gardeners are invasive; that is, they are non-native plant species that can move from the garden into our forests, prairies and wetlands, causing a great deal of damage to our native plants and wildlife.

Not all non-native plants are invasive; many stay where they are planted. However, if you want to provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other native species, consider planting natives. Native gardening is good for our air, our water, wildlife and us! Once established, native plants save time and money by reducing the need for fertilizers, pesticides, water and lawn maintenance.

Gardening with natives is also easy to do no matter where you live. In this feature, we provide an easy plant finder tool to help you get started and videos in which gardeners share how they've used native plants to reduce storm water runoff, attract wildlife and much more.

Come back each month to find new information about attractive native alternatives to invasive plants, an interactive map showing Nature Conservancy preserves where you can see these plants in the wild and information on how to attract pollinators such as butterflies and bees.
 

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