|Collinsonia verticillata (Horse-balm) -- a rare native plant|
My talk was filled with encouragement about growing the native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants that grace our Eastern U.S. plant communities. We live in a species-rich and biodiverse region that I hope that more folks will appreciate, conserve, and recreate in their gardens.
But it takes effort to find the native plants that so many of us take for granted in the special natural places we visit.
It's well worth seeking out the regional native plant nurseries and native plant societies in the regions that you live (here are some for mine).
And learning more about YOUR native plants (wherever you live in the world) is also a way to ground yourself in understanding your part of the world.
It's been a wonderful part of my life.