What is a native plant?
A plant that is a part of the balance of nature that has developed over hundreds or thousands of years in a particular region or ecosystem. (USDA definition)
Why garden with native plants?
- providing food and habitat for wildlife,
- contributing to biodiversity,
- connecting us to our home places and helping us celebrate the things that make our regions unique,
- teaching us about the world of nature
And last, but not least, they’re beautiful!
Tips for Native Plant Gardeners
Go to this page to learn about: Matching Your Plants to Your Site, Preparing Your Site, Planting Your Seeds and Seedlings, Maintaining Your Native Garden, Invasive Species
Native Plant Notebook
Go to this page for descriptions and photos of common native plants. Whenever possible each plant entry lists the caterpillars it is host to, butterflies it supplies nectar to, and the pollinators it attracts.
Where to buy native plants
- Big River Big Woods plant sale
- Minnesota native plant nurseries
- Prairie Edge’s MN & Western WI Native Plant Nursery & Landscape Services Listing
Dave Crawford’s Handouts
Lawns to Legumes
The Minnesota State Legislature passed the “Lawns to Legumes” bill in 2019 that provides funding for people to install pollinator-friendly native plantings in residential lawns.
The White Bear Lake Seed Library website has an excellent summary of what’s available and how to apply: