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Caring for Creation – Creation Care Zoom Webinar
April 25, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Not only are native plants beautiful, they also help to improve soil health, conserve water, and support pollinators, insects and bird life. Protecting and creating healthy native plant communities and welcoming the creatures large and microscopic that come to live there, is our best hope to remedy the causes and consequences of environmental damage, including climate change. Learn how we can restore essential ecosystem services by converting resource intensive turf grass to beneficial and beautiful habitat in our yards and our communities. In the words of Lorrie Otto, Wild Ones honorary lifetime director, “If suburbia were landscaped with meadows, prairies, thickets, or forests…then the water would sparkle, fish would be good to eat again, birds would sing and human spirits would soar.”
Marilynn Torkelson is a Master Naturalist, Minnesota Water Steward and current president of the Wild Ones Prairie Edge Chapter. Wild Ones is a national not for profit organization which promotes environmentally friendly landscaping to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities.
Following the webinar, you will likely be inspired to incorporate native plants in your landscape. If you are wondering where to find such plants, here are some local resources:
Heidi’s Growhaus in Corcoran carries many native perennials, shrubs, and trees.
Friends School Plant Sale at the State Fair Grounds May 6-8, 2021 has a native plant section. Register for a shopping time at www.friendsschoolplantsale.com
Natural Shore Technologies, Inc. at www.naturalshore.com
6275 Pagenkopf Rd., Maple Plain, MN 612-703-7581
Wild Ones plant sales. More information at www.wildonesprairieedge.org
Prairie Moon Nursery in Winona, MN. Go to http://www.prairiemoon.com to order native seeds and plants online.
Chief River Nursery Co. in Grafton, WI. Go to www.chiefrivernursery.com to order tree and shrub seedlings online
If you are interested in some books on the topic, here are some suggestions:
Attracting Birds to Your Garden with Native Plants, downloadable on the Wild Ones of MN web site at www.wildones.org
Pollinator Friendly Gardening by Rhonda Fleming Hayes
Bringing Nature Home or Nature’s Best Hope by Doulas Tallamy
Landscaping with Native Plants of Minnesota – 2nd Edition by Lynn M. Steiner
Register for the Webinar here. We will email you the ZOOM Link prior to the event.