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Returning native plants to the Maine landscape
Returning native plants to the Maine landscape
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We’re hiring a Director of Development. About the role: We are seeking a creative fundraiser and dynamic community builder to join our leadership team as . . . read more »

Supporting Ash Protection Collaboration Across Wabanakik

Ash Protection Collaboration Across Wabanakik (APCAW) is a group of Indigenous and non-indigenous researchers, Tribal members, and forest caretakers working together to bring more awareness . . . read more »

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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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The Beauty and Pollinator Benefits of Asters and Goldenrods

Asters and goldenrods are some of our most recognizable late season wildflowers. Asters range in colors from blue, purple, pink to white, and goldenrods have . . . 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.