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Purple flowering raspberry (Rubus odoratus)

After removing disruptive introduced species, try planting these

Choose plants based on the growing conditions of the site (sun exposure, soil type and moisture). The best time for planting in spring is between . . . read more »

Join Our Team!

Administrative Coordinator (part-time) Our organization is growing rapidly, and we’re looking for someone extremely organized who can support our team with the day-to-day administration of . . . read more »

Ripe elderberries

Staying Healthy with Native Plants: Elderberry Shrub

By now, many of us have heard about the wonderful health benefits of elderberries – they are high in antioxidants, vitamins C and B6, and . . . 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 »

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.