This week is National Wildflower Week, and this is a great opportunity to learn about our native wildflowers, add some to your wildlife garden, as well as help to protect them because many of them are endangered due to our relentless need for more development (Do we REALLY need yet another Walmart?)

Here’s some ideas for how to honor our native wildflowers:

  • Visit a local wildflower preserve. These preserves are excellent places to observe these plants in their natural communities of other plants. You will get to see which plants work well together, and get lots of ideas for your own wildlife garden.
  • Join Your Local Native Plant Society. Every state has a native plant society, and many have several chapters around the state. Most of these have wonderful educational events where you can learn more about what plants will work best in your garden.
  • Add more Native Plants to your wildlife garden. If you want wildlife in your garden, the best thing that you can do is add more native plants to your landscape because native plants support local food webs.
  • Remove invasive plants. Invasive plants have no local predators. No insects or other wildlife feed on these plants, so there is nothing to keep these plants in control. Therefore, they’re running amok in our natural areas and wiping out the native plants that our wildlife DOES feed on. Plus these plants are causing many problems to our environment and ecosystem services.
  • Start practicing the Five Pillars of Ecosystem Gardening. By gardening sustainably, conserving water, creating healthy soil, removing invasives, and adding more native plants, you’ll be creating welcoming habitat for wildlife in your garden so that you will attract more birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators, frogs, and other wildlife.

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