Native plants, plants wild to our region before European settlement, are the foundation of a healthy ecosystem, supporting countless species of insects, birds, animals and other plant species. Native plants also play a tremendous role in the sequestration of carbon from our atmosphere.
Despite decades of research reinforcing the necessity for native plant communities, the destruction and loss of these endangered ecosystems continues. Careful collection and propagation of local plant genetics can ensure that 10,000+ years of evolutionary adaptation will not be wiped out by short-sighted human activity. With your help, native plants can once again populate areas where they once prospered.
Every season we snake our way across the landscape, looking for strong populations of native plants. Large, intact populations offer an opportunity to collect “foundation” seed (seed gathered from the wild). We offer this foundation seed seasonally, in addition to the native plants that we grow from these collections. All plants, either bare root or potted, are grown from seed – never wild dug.
In addition to foundation seed and native plants, we’re now offering our first deck of native plant flash cards. Each deck contains a sampling of over 150 plant species native to Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa. Large, colorful 3.5×5.0″ cards depict a plant on one side, including general growing conditions. The other side lists its botanical name; family, genus and species, as well as common names.
However you observe native plants, you’ll inevitably begin to notice associated insects and the seemingly endless relationships that result. We hope you’ll find these observations as enriching as we have.