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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 »

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Leave the Leaves!

Protecting Habitat through the Winter: Leave the Leaves! While planting native plants is an essential step toward creating habitat, how we tend our plantings determines . . . read more »

Seed Sowing 101 by Illustration by Jada Fitch

Autumn and Winter Seed Sowing in Six Easy Steps

Fall and winter are the best times to sow native seeds. In Maine, the yearly cycle for seed ripening and germination is different from common . . . read more »

Seed Dispersal: Growing the Future One Seed at a Time

Toward the end of summer, the seeds of many native plants in Maine begin to ripen and disperse, even some that bloomed back in the . . . 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.