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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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18Jan 2020

Delaware

Mt. Cuba Center presents: Edible Native Plants for Every Garden, Hockessin

Thanks to books like Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home, there’s an increasing interest among homeowners, property managers, and municipal governments to include more native plants in their landscapes. Not only do native species attract and support beneficial insects, some species are edible by people too! Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, as he extols the comestible virtues of native edible plants. Learn basic identification tips, season(s) of availability, preparation methods, and guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging. Enjoy samples of goodies made from wild-collected native edibles after the presentation. Copies of Russ’s book will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.

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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 like 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 they...
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Native Plant
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NATIVE PLANT RESOURCES: There is so much to learn about native plants and the reasons 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