Thurs, May 25, 2017 – 12-7 pm (Members Only)
Fri, May 26 – 9 am-7 pm
Sat, May 27 – 9 am-12 pm
Learn the importance of using native plants in your yard, how to get started in native plant gardening and why planting native is beneficial to you, your yard and the planet. Using native plants in your landscape is one way you can contribute to a healthy ecosystem!
Plants will be available for immediate purchase. The Wild Ones native plant group and local Master Gardeners will be on-hand to consult with shoppers on their plant purchases. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.
Why Plant Native?
People can live a “greener lifestyle” by choosing native plants for their home landscape. Native plants’ colorful flowers, shapes and textures make them aesthetically pleasing! Since they grew here historically, they are adapted to local climate and soils, making them easier to establish in your gardens, woods, or fields. Native plants also provide important functions. Native plants form the basis of all ecosystem food webs, offering food, shelter and nesting sites to a wide variety of animals. When urban green spaces are connected, animals find it easier to survive. Pollinators including bees and butterflies depend on native plants for nourishment from spring through fall while helping to pollinate our fruits and vegetables.
A healthy ecosystem supports great diversity. Growing native genotypes contributes to restoring biodiversity that has been altered by human developments, monoculture lawns, and invasive species that out-compete the natives. Plants with spreading root systems can control erosion along riverbanks or roadsides. Wetland plants improve water quality by filtering, absorbing, and gradually releasing storm waters. Planting a tree which is going to live for many years, such as an oak, will sequester carbon, which helps to slow down climate change. Trees shade and cool our homes, driveways, and buildings.
2017 Member & Friend Sponsors
Dennis and Barb Hurley
Pete and Gloria Lehman