Guided by the philosophy of Lorrie Otto . . .
“If suburbia were landscaped with meadows, prairies, thickets, or forests, or combinations of these, then the water would sparkle, fish would be good to eat again, birds would sing and human spirits would soar.”
Wild Ones continues to lead the natural landscaping movement as we explore, teach, and change the practice of gardening in our communities and around the country to using native plants.
What is a native plant? Wild Ones defines a native plant as a species that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem and/or habitat and was present in prior to European settlement.
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- Native plants are needed as host and nectar plants as our native butterflies, bees and birds go about pollinating our food plants as they forage for their own sustenance.
- Native plants have deep roots which absorb excess rainfall and prevent water from running directly into our rivers and streams helping to provide clean water for everyone.
- Native plants instead of turf lawns help reduce our carbon footprint.