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We provide the curious with information on planting natives, advocating for critters, developing pesticide free landscapes, and identifying invasive aliens. An equally essential part of our mission is to assist Mid-Atlantic region gardeners in locating native plant nurseries and plant sales. Gardeners have a choice when purchasing landscaping plants… we shout Choose Natives!

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When I began my gardening journey, I planted what every other homeowner found at their local garden center. I’d vaguely heard about native plants but didn’t understand why I should choose them. It was only after hearing entomologist Dr. Doug Tallamy speak that I learned I was doing it all wrong! I wasn’t supporting a single living thing with the introduced ornamental plants I was installing. Coddling lots of lawn didn’t help, either...

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3June 2021

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Piedmont Master Gardeners presents Doug Tallamy’s "The Nature of Oaks"

With books like Bringing Nature Home and Nature’s Best Hope, Doug Tallamy has reshaped how we think about our lawns and gardens and has inspired a movement to sustain nature’s ecological riches in our backyards. In his latest book, The Nature of Oaks, he pays homage to native trees that “shine brighter than other plants in their contributions to biodiversity.” Fee.

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ChooseNatives.org lists nurseries that sell only native plants.

Why?  Because we want to help you, constant steward, to find an ecologically conscientious nursery. We also feel it's important to support the organizations that aren't profiting from invasive plants such as English ivy, Bradford Pear or butterfly bush. Let's give the local "green" growers our business. Are you thinking about purchasing cultivars? Did you know...
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Native Plant
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NATIVE PLANT RESOURCES: There is so much to learn about native plants—especially the reasons why we should grow them. The following organizations are listed to both inform and inspire. Feel free to browse the General... Browse
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Invasive Plant
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INVASIVE PLANT RESOURCES: Removing invasive plants is equally as important as planting native ones. Invasives pop up endlessly in yards and can easily spread from one property to another, or worse, find their way into... Browse