There are so many benefits to gardening with native plants! A good native plant nursery or really any garden center will help you get started!
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On of the benefits of getting older is that you finally start doing the things that you keep saying that you are going to do! I can’t count the number of times that I saw garden tours advertised in the paper and have commented that we really should go to this one or that one.
Well, last week we did! We went on native plant home garden tour! We had such a good time and I came home so inspired. I mean just look at that path in the above photo – how cute is that?
Native Plants Garden Tour
The garden tour that we went on was sponsored by an organization called Wild Ones. They have chapters for specific areas and I encourage you to find one in your area. Our specific chapter was the Tennessee Valley Chapter.
Gardening with Native Plants
As someone who just came inside from a morning of weeding, I can tell you that gardening is hard work. I have struggled to make plants grow in locations that they weren’t suited for. Imagine how much easier it would be if you used native plants? By their very nature are designed to do well in your area.
According to Audubon: Because native plants are adapted to local environmental conditions, they require far less water, saving time, money, and perhaps the most valuable natural resource, water. In addition to providing vital habitat for birds, many other species of wildlife benefits as well.
The USDA Forest Service states that growing native plants:
- Do not need fertilizer and require less pesticides
- Require less water than lawns and help with erosion
- Help reduce air pollution
- Provide shelter and food for wildlife
- Promote biodiversity and stewardship of our environment
- They are beautiful!
Native Plants in Your Area
I encourage you to check with Wild Ones and see if there is a chapter near you. Even better is if there are garden tours in your area, even though they might not be focused on native plants, they provide so much inspiration.
Also don’t overlook a good reference book! I have already ordered Native Plants of the Southeast and a quick search brought up these:
- Native Plants for the New England Garden
- Native Plants of the Midwest: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 500 Species for the Garden
- Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening and Conservation
- Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants
House and Garden Envy
I’ll leave you with one final thought. You will come away with serious house and garden envy. Seriously. I wanted to live in every house and sit in every garden. But it allowed me to see my garden and yard in a new light. We have a slightly wooded area in our backyard, we have been inspired to do so much more with it.
It’s the start of fall, which is a great time for fall planting. I was so inspired that I joined our local Reflection Riding Arboretum and will be going to their fall native plant sale! I can’t wait.
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