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Wild Seed Project: Returning native plants to the Maine landscape
Wild Seed Project works to increase the use of native plants in all landscape settings in order to conserve biodiversity, encourage plant adaptation in the face of climate change, safeguard wildlife habitat, and create pollination and migration corridors for insects and birds. A nonprofit organization, we sell seeds of locally grown native plants and educate the public on seed sowing so that a wide range of citizens can participate in increasing native plant populations.

Walks, Talks & Workshops

March 1-2, Cinemapolis, Ithaca, NY
Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium

March 6-7, UMass Amherst – Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, Amherst, MA
ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace 2019

March 13, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, ME
The Fascinating Life Cycle of Native Plants with Friends of Merrymeeting Bay

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Native Plant Blog

  • Return of the meadow

    Return of the meadow

    Meadows are beautiful dynamic habitats with rich populations of plants and animals, and unfortunately, they have been reduced substantially in the last 50 years. Contributing to their decline is the …Read more »

Native Plant Profiles

  • Shagbark hickory. Carya ovata. Juglandaceae

    Shagbark hickory. Carya ovata. Juglandaceae

    Tall, long-lived, member of the walnut family; stately, and moderately slow-growing; loose-plated bark and golden autumn color are strong landscape features; tolerant of a range of soil and moisture conditions, once established; found primarily in southern Maine, across southern Quebec …Read the Profile »

Recommended Reading

tree iconSeeing the Potential of Wood-Inhabiting Fungi in the Managed Landscape
January 15, 2019 • Tara Mitchell • Ecological Landscape Alliance

Wood-inhabiting fungi are at the core of forests’ ability to regenerate and provide habitat for wildlife. Yet, in the realm of the managed landscape, we focus solely on the destructive aspects of decomposers. We have been conditioned to believe that the traditional aesthetic and all the inputs to support it are necessary. But if we take the time to look at natural systems, evidence to the contrary is all around us. If we simply take a walk in the forest, the function and value of wood-inhabiting fungi and the dead and decaying wood they leave behind is readily visible.

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