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Native Plants and their benefits

Visit MEEC for its annual native plant sale, which will be held on June 22, 2024, between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST at Mount St. John, Dayton, OH.

"We're back with more than 100 species of wildflowers, grasses and sedges, and shrubs! We've been cultivating and sharing straight species (no "nativars") of local genotype natives raised in our own nurseries right here at Mount Saint John for more than 25 years. Whether your site is sunny, shady, wet or dry, we have plenty of options for season-long beauty. Best of all, native species protect our native pollinators. Using these plants in your landscape is one of the most important things you can do to build habitat and support the local ecology."

[Source: MEEC website].

What are Native plants?

Native plants occur naturally in specific regions, having evolved there over time. Planting native species offers several benefits:

  1. Low Maintenance: Once established, native plants generally require little upkeep.

  2. Beauty: Many native plants produce showy flowers, colorful fruits, and brilliant seasonal color changes—from pale greens in spring to vibrant yellows and reds in autumn.

  3. Water Conservation: Native plants need less water than lawns and help prevent erosion.

  4. Pollinator Support: They attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife by providing food and shelter.

  5. Biodiversity: Native plants promote biodiversity and stewardship of our natural heritage.

  6. Carbon Sequestration: They remove and store carbon from the air in the soil.

  7. Reduced Chemical Use: Native gardens require fewer pesticides and fertilizers than lawns.

  8. Wildlife Habitat: Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife.

By choosing native plants, you contribute to a healthier ecosystem and support local wildlife!

Click here to visit the MEEC website for more information and brochures on its annual native plant sale.

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