Thank you for supporting this year’s Native Plant Sale!
Thanks to our outstanding volunteers, staff, and customers, we got 12,000 native trees and shrubs out into the community. These plants will provide valuable wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, erosion control, and beauty in the landscape for years to come. We are already looking forward to next year’s sale. Look for information next fall. We will begin taking orders for next year’s sale in early December.
Virtual Workshop: Planning a Native Landscape
On December 14th and January 12th, District manager, Joe Holtrop presented on how to plan and implement a native plant-based landscape. The presentations covered basic site analysis, an overview of common native trees and shrubs, plant selection, bare-root plant care, planting and maintenance. Please use the following links to access the recorded presentations:
December 14, 2021, 4:00-5:30pm:
January 12, 2022, 6:30-8:00pm:
Tips for Selecting Native Plants
Make a plan before you place an order. Just like a trip to the grocery store, avoid impulse buying by making a list of the plants you need and want. So how do I know what plants I need, you ask? A landscape plan will help. Below are key considerations for your plan. We’ll cover all this in detail during our virtual workshop.
Before working on your plan, make a list of your objectives. Ask yourself what you want from your landscape. Do you want to attract birds, butterflies and other pollinators? Do you need space for children or grandchildren to play? What about pets? Are there certain “must have” plants on your list? By going through the exercise of writing down your objectives, it helps you prioritize what’s really important.
Next, figure out what nature has given you to work with. In other words, analyze your site. It’s helpful to have a base map or sketch of your property to make notes on. Make note of the following on your base map:
Soils, focusing on the texture (i.e., gravel, sand, silt, clay)
Existing vegetation—what to keep and what not to
Microclimates (i.e., sunny, shady, windy, protected)
Views—both desirable and undesirable
Also note the locations of structures, driveways, utilities, other infrastructure, streams and ditches
With luck, your site conditions will match up with your objectives. Then it’s at a matter of choosing between trees
and shrubs, evergreens and deciduous. Always keep in mind the mature height of the plants you select.