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Here are some additional sources of information about wildflower gardening, landscaping with native plants, and related topics.

Native Plants - National Organizations

  • The Environmental Protection Agency's Green Landscaping site has information about reducing energy consumption through the use of native plant landscapes.
  • The Plantwise program gives gardeners easy tips on how to manage their garden to preserve the unique qualities of neighboring wildlands.
  • The Prairies Forever site has good material on the prairie ecosystem.
  • There's lots of info about milkweeds at the Monarch Watch site.
  • As you might expect, they have information on other butterfly host plants, too.
  • The Garden Web's Native Plants Forum offers questions, answers and discussions on many topics.
  • The Plant Conservation Alliance is a consortium of ten federal agencies and over 220 non-federal cooperators working to solve the problems of native plants extinction and native habitat restoration.
  • The Center for Plant Conservation. Rediscovering America's vanishing flora.
  • The parts of the Flora of North America that are completed are now on-line. Just type in a genus in the search at the bottom of each page.
  • Prairie Source is an informational resource for all things regarding prairie, native grasses, wildflowers, and related topics.
  • The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (formerly the National Wildflower Research Center) publishes native plant fact sheets, and a variety of slide programs can be bought or rented for group presentations.
  • Native Plants Network
  • North American Native Plant Society (formerly Canadian Wildflower Society).
  • The American Chestnut Foundation
  • American Trails Working to enhance and protect America's network of interconnected trails.
  • National Association of County Agricultural Agents Professional association for extension work in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, and natural resources.
  • National Association of Service and Conservation Corps State and local programs that engage primarily youth and young adults in full-time community service, training, and educational activities.
  • Native Habitats Restoring and preserving native ecosystems.
  • Surf Your Region, Surf for Native Plants. Audubon International site lets you search for native plants in your area by entering your zip code.
  • NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are a source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems.
  • Federal Highway Administration – Greener Roadsides a quarterly publication covering issues of roadside vegetation management.
  • The Native Plant Conservation Campaign collaborates to exchange information, and create a strong national voice to advocate for native plant species and community conservation.
  • Celebrating Wildflowers is a season-long series of events for people of all ages, nationwide, who love our native plants.
  • U.S. County-Level Atlas of the Vascular Flora of North America The Biota of North America Program (BONAP) maintains relatively complete phytogeographic and related botanical databases for all free-living vascular plants in North America (north of Mexico).
  • The butterfliesandmoths.org website is an ambitious effort to collect and provide access to quality-controlled data about butterflies and moths.

    Native Plants - Regional Organizations

  • The Soil Conservation Service's Midwestern Wetland Flora describes more than 300 species with photos.
  • Native Plants of the Mid-Atlantic Region
  • The New England Wild Flower Society is one of the oldest organizations focusing on native plants.
  • Urban Forest information
  • The University of Wisconsin Herbarium features photos and descriptions of all plants native to that state.
  • Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources list of native plant sources.
  • Discover Life in America (DLIA) administers the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The ATBI is a project to inventory all species of plants, animals, etc. in the Park.
  • The Biodiversity Atlas of the Lake Huron to Lake Erie Corridor tells the story of the natural communities found in the Lake Huron to Lake Erie Corridor.
  • The Missouri Department of Conservation and the NRCS in that state have developed a web page with photos of seeds, seedlings, juvenile and adult plants of some of the species used in prairie plantings.
  • The Indian Creek Watershed Project works to promote water-quality education and to improve conditions in the Indian Creek watershed, a sub-basin of the Des Plaines River in northeastern Illinois.
  • Cirrus Digital Imaging – North American Insects and Spiders. A catalog of over 4,000 high-resolution close-up pictures of live, wild insects and spiders with descriptions, taxonomy and natural history including North American Wildflowers and Prairie Plants common in the forest preserves of Chicagoland. Photos are of the flowers and plants that attract and feed insects by providing pollen and nectar, or plant tissue for a place to lay eggs or foliage to be eaten by larvae or caterpillars. Many of the plants encompassed are really noxious weeds or invasive species but are identified as such.
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Botany Program.
  • Theodore Payne Foundation. Los Angeles County's only entirely California native plant nursery, book & seed store and education center.
  • The Rain Garden Network helps communities curb and hopefully eliminate their non-point source pollution problems.
  • UW Extension Lakes Program a part of the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership.
  • Minnesota Wildflowers focuses on providing info on native plants mainly as found in the wild.

    Native Plants - Local Organizations

  • Ken Robertson's write-up on the tallgrass prairie of Illinois features excellent photos of many dry prairie species.
  • Native Plants of Ohio is an Ohio State University Extension bulletin that lists many native species useful for landscaping in Ohio.
  • The North Carolina Native Plant Society promotes enjoyment and conservation of native plants and their habitats through education, protection, and propagation.
  • Growing Native. Grow California native plants and bring wildlife to your garden.
  • Alabama Wildflower Society
  • Alberta Native Plant Council
  • Arizona Native Plant Society
  • California Native Plant Society
  • Colorado Native Plant Society
  • Delaware Native Plant Society
  • Florida Native Plant Society
  • Georgia Native Plant Society
  • Illinois Native Plant Society
  • Illinois Wildflowers
  • Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society
  • Iowa Native Plant Society
  • Iowa Prairie Network
  • Kansas Native Plant Socieity
  • Kentucky Native Plant Society
  • Louisiana Native Plant Society
  • Maryland Native Plant Society
  • Wildflower Association of Michigan
  • Minnesota Native Plant Society
  • Missouri Prairie Foundation
  • Native Plant Society of New Jersey
  • Native Plant Society of New Mexico
  • Nevada Native Plant Society
  • Niagara Frontier Wildlife Habitat Council of Niagara, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Orleans, Chautauqua, Cattarugus and Allegheny Counties of New York.
  • North Carolina Native Plant Society
  • Ohio Prairie Association
  • Native Plant Society of Oregon
  • Tallgrass Ontario
  • Ontariowildflowers.com
  • Pennsylvania Native Plant Society
  • Three Rivers Habitat Partnership (Pittsburgh)
  • South Carolina Native Plant Society
  • Tennessee Native Plant Society
  • Native Plant Society of Texas
  • Virginia Native Plant Society
  • Washington Native Plant Society
  • West Virginia Native Plant Society
  • Wyoming Native Plant Society
  • Utah Native Plant Society
  • OAC Herbarium at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph
  • Botanical Club of Wisconsin – Wisconsin's Native Plant Society
  • The Native Plant Society of Oregon

    Environmental Organizations

  • The Nature Conservancy operates a number of preserves, including the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Osage County, Oklahoma.
  • The Society for Ecological Restoration is an international professional membership organization for people researching, practicing or interested in ecological restoration. It has chapters across North America.
  • The Ecological Landscaping Association is a national membership organization for professionals and the public interested in ecological landscaping and horticultural practices.
  • The American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta lists its member organizations across the U. S., with links to their web sites.
  • Here's a listing of Tour Gardens you can visit in the United States and Canada.
  • The Evergreen Foundation sponsors school and community native plant projects across Canada.
  • The Federal Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center has information about plants and animals, with special attention to the Great Plains region.
  • The National Wildlife Federation sponsors backyard and schoolyard habitats for wildlife.
  • The Sierra Club publishes books and sponsors outings to natural areas.
  • The National Audubon Society provides information about wild birds and their habitats.
  • The International Federation of Butterfly Enthusiasts encourages use of native plants, and lists butterfly exhibits worldwide.
  • The North American Butterfly Association has chapters across the U.S.
  • The Natural Heritage Land Trust is dedicated to the conservation of natural areas in Dane and surrounding counties, Wisconsin.
  • Lesslawn.com: "when lawn isn't your ideal landscape".
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Plants A comprehensive database which includes state plant lists.
  • hardyplants.com provides links of plant resources for the all of the states.
  • Center for Applied Biodiversity Science The mission of the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science is to identify and respond to elements that threaten the earth's biological diversity.
  • NRDC Biogems The Natural Resources Defense Council's BioGems campaign
  • WindStar Wildlife Institute promotes home wildlife habitat.
  • The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative coordinates bird conservation programs.
  • The Xerces Society advocates for invertebrates and their habitats by working with scientists, land managers, educators, and citizens on conservation and education projects.
  • The Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science offers an extensive array of links to organizations and other resources.
  • The Millers River Environmental Center is a community resource providing a working environment for collaboration between governmental and non-governmental agencies and citizens.
  • NatureServe is a network connecting science with conservation.
  • The Ecological Society of America is a non-profit organization of ecological scientists.
  • The mission of the Natural Areas Association is to advance the preservation of natural diversity.
  • Conservation News. A web log by Jon Christensen. Patrolling the intersection of conservation and science, practice, and policy.
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Southeast Region 4. Backyard wildlife and more in the Southeastern United States.
  • WISFLORA. Searchable web site of Wisconsin's vascular plant species.
  • Friends of the Mississippi River. Working to protect and enhance the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities area.
  • The mission of The Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center is to enhance Wisconsin's environment and economy by providing quality education, information and technical assistance to promote the sustainable use of natural resources.
  • Freedom from pesticides is everybody's right. Get the lowdown on pesticides at Beyond Pesticides.
  • The Butterfly Gardeners' Quarterly is a newsletter for gardeners and butterfly enthusiasts.
  • International Oak Society
  • The Elm Research Institute
  • Resources for Urban Tree Management. A fully illustrated, easy-to-read training manual designed to improve public safety and protect tree health.
  • Trees Are Good. The name says it all.
  • Creating the Urban Forest: The Bare Root Method. Methods, guidelines, and training materials related to bare-root tree planting.
  • Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes. Information from Dr. Ed Gilman's book of the same title. Technical information and specifications for nursery stock.
  • The Community Tree Planting Guide. Guide to tree planting and tips for managing a planting project.
  • Register and certify your Monarch Waystation at Gardening Adventures.
  • The Illinois Steward Magazine is an award-winning nature magazine.
  • Journey North: A Global Study of Wildlife Migration actively engages students in the study of the migration patterns of monarch butterflies, bald eagles, robins, hummingbirds, whooping cranes – and other birds and mammals, the budding of plants, changing sunlight, and other natural events.
  • Find out about trees with direct connections to famous people or historic events at The National Register of Historic Trees.
  • Learn about trees that can help protect and restore urban watersheds at The Center for Watershed Protection.
  • The National Wildlife Federation's Access Nature curriculum is filled with 45 hands-on, habitat-based activities designed to help teachers increase their comfort level working with inclusive audiences. Get a free sample activity here – or order the entire curriculum here.
  • One of Wisconsin’s first conservation organizations,Citizens for Natural Resources was founded as a watchdog of public agencies. It is a volunteer organization devoted to the preservation of the natural environment.
  • Find information on environmental education programs for elementary and secondary schoolteachers and students at the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education.
  • A National Phenology Network Field Campaign for Citizen Scientists. Phenology is the study of the timing of life cycle events in plants and animals. In other words, studying the environment to figure out how animals know when it is time to hibernate, and what ‘calendar’ or ‘clock’ plants use to begin flowering, leafing or reproducing. Learn more at budburst.org.
  • Enhancing Beneficial Insects With Native Plants This University of Michigan project focuses on establishing and managing native plant habitats in fields, orchards and conservation buffers, in order to increase biological pest insect control and pollination services.

    Control of Invasive Plants

  • A comprehensive list of sites with information on control of invasive and alien plants has been moved here.

    For the Younger Generation

  • This U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service site provides an excellent downloadable Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide. It is found in a section labeled "Educational Materials."
  • kidsgardening.com is National Gardening Association's site that offers support for educators and parents in this area.
  • birds.cornell.edu/schoolyard/all_about_birds has information for educators relative to Bird ID, Feeding Birds, Landscaping for Birds, and "Schoolyard Tips."
  • The Forest Where Ashley Lives is a new interactive CD-ROM now available from Iowa State University Extension. There are separate versions for students and teachers, and many urban forestry publications an activities. Click the link for a 1.5MB PDF file that is an online version of the book.
  • Raise Your Butterfly Online A fun and free educational experience.
  • Live Monarch Foundation – Butterfly Wish Fund If anyone desires a wish to come true they must first catch a butterfly and whisper that wish to it.
  • (See additional links on the Seeds for Education page.)

    Ecological Stewardship

  • An annotated bibliography of books about wildflowers, primarily in the Northeastern U.S.
  • Find information on land trusts and conservation options at Gathering Waters Conservancy and the Land Trust Alliance.

    Other Links of Interest

  • Trying to identify a plant? Upload a picture to Name That Plant! and see if others can help.
  • A large listing of online sources for garden accessories, garden furniture, garden tools, landscaping, etc. at DirectoryGarden.
  • Shaw Nature Reserve has detailed native landscaping guides available online (prairie reconstruction, rain gardening, controlling invasive species).
  • Dr Doug Tallamy has a helpful website, which attempts to compile the results of all research on native and alien host plants (in 8 mid-Atlantic states) for Lepidoptera. The website categorizes in ranked lists native and alien plant genera in terms of their ability to support insect herbivores and, by inference, overall biodiversity.



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