Inspiring Native Plant Gardens

Adding native plants to the garden is becoming more and more popular, and for good reason! Not only do native plants support their local ecosystem, they can look lovely in the garden.

If you're considering native plants in your garden, public gardens are a great way to get inspired and see how plants look all through the year. So, if you live near a public garden that uses native plants, it's a great idea to visit once a season, just to see how things look!  Talking to gardeners can give you ideas on what might work in your own yard, and best practices to maintain it.

If you don't live near a public garden, here are links to a few that have pictures, video, and other resources so you can experience them from wherever you are!

The New York Botanical Garden Native Plant Garden

Video created by the New York Botanical Garden on 2013-07-23.

Includes over 100,000 plants on 3.5 acres, including wetlands, wet and dry meadow, and glades.  You can learn more by visiting the website, and watching the video.

I'm planning a visit to the New York Botanical garden in a few months, and I'm so excited to visit this part of it!



Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes

This is my hometown conservatory, and I've visited the Center for Sustainable Landscapes many times!  The Center is actually a green certified building that generates its own energy and captures and treats storm and sanitary water.  The building includes a rooftop garden full of native plants, and at the base of the building is a lagoon area.  It's definitely a place you can get inspired!  Learn more by visiting their website or watching the video.

Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants

Video created by Earth News Journal.

You can find this collection at the San Francisco Botanic Garden, and it boasts 500 native California species from arroyos, ponds and woodlands, and wildflower meadows.  According to the website, the best time to visit for peak blooms is April and May.  You can learn more about the garden by visiting the website, or by listening to this report by the Earth News Journal, where the host talks about his tour of the garden.

Native Plant Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden's native plant garden has woodland, prarie, and habitat specific areas full of native Illinois plants.  The habitat garden in particular includes birdhouses, feeders, and other elements that show homeowners how they can attract birds, butterflies, and other pollinators into their yards.  For a lovely look at the garden in bloom, check out the video! Or, of course, visit the website.


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