Closed gentian
Bloodroot trout lily
New England aster
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What is Rewilding?

What Is Rewilding?

The term rewilding first appeared in the conservation world in the 1980s with a continental-scale vision to protect large tracts of wilderness and connect these . . . read more »

Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)

Sassafras is a lovely native woodland tree that displays beauty and interest all seasons of the year and makes a wonderful addition to the home . . . read more »

Swamp milkweed with fritillary

Flowers, Pollinators and the Sex Lives of Plants

The warm, sunny days of midsummer are a great time to observe the many kinds of pollinators that visit flowers. In Maine, the pollinators include . . . read more »

Plants at a nursery

Navigating the Nurseries: How to Find Native Plants

Finding native plants to purchase can be challenging for native species enthusiasts. Small local growers of nursery stock have nearly disappeared, and today many nurseries . . . read more »

Why Native Plants Matter

Beauty, biodiversity, and resilience

Native plants are beautiful, important for our local ecosystems, and do not need the high nutrient and water inputs of commonly cultivated plants. In this presentation, Executive Director Heather McCargo covers the many reasons we all should care about our region’s native flora and the importance of bringing these native plants back into our gardens and developed landscapes. She also discusses current native plant trends and issues in the nursery trade (including cloning and the loss of genetic diversity), and explains how we all can support our native flora by planting seed-grown native plants.

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