GARDEN DESIGN AND PLANT CHOICE
For some help in creating a garden design or simply picking plants, check out these resources.
- To begin, survey your site or look at photos, consider bloom times and colors, put your design down on paper and then prepare your order. There is a good section on design in the Wild Ones Landscaping with Native Plants book, both editions. You can find printed copies of the newest edition at the WILD Center Store or at Landscaping with Native Plants, 4th Ed and Wild Ones Handbook, 1st Ed
- Remember to be BRASH about planning for nature. Border, Recognize the rights of others, Advertise, Start small and Humanize.
- Wild Ones continues to work toward saving America’s favorite butterfly through the Wild for Monarchs campaign, and they also promote efforts to save our pollinators through gardening with native plants. Plan to attend monthly chapter programs to learn more about native plants, natural landscaping and biodiversity or check out some of the Wild for Monarchs campaign materials. Also, plan to attend Wild Ones chapter natural landscaping conferences in your area.
- There are a number of organizations that provide awesome information on monarchs and pollinators. Check out Monarch Joint Venture and Monarch Watch – Bring Back the Monarchs and Pollinator Partnership to learn more about what plants pollinators and monarchs look for and at what time of the year.
WHERE TO GET NATIVE PLANTS AND SEEDS
Here are some local Midwestern nurseries you might find helpful:
Agrecol LLC, Evansville, Wisconsin
Bluestem Farm, Baraboo, Wisconsin
Door Landscape & Nursery, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
Johnson’s Nursery, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Monches Farm, Colgate, Wisconsin
Prairie Nursery, Westfield, Wisconsin
Stone Silo Nursery, DePere, Wisconsin
Natural Shore Technologies, Maple Plain, Minnesota
Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, Minnesota
Prairie Restorations Inc, Princeton, Minnesota*
Shooting Star Native Seeds, Spring Grove, Minnesota*
Natural Garden Natives, St Charles, Illinois
Pizzo Nursery, Leland, Illinois
Possibility Place Nursery, Monee, Illinois
Red Buffalo Nursery, Hebron, Illinois
Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Jefferson city, Missouri
Cardo Native Plant Nursery, Walkerton, Indiana*
*Also have other Midwestern locations.
If you know of other nurseries to add to the list, please add a comment or send me their name and their website and I’ll expand the list on a separate page.