Resources

Photo credit: Vicki Bonk

Regional Native Plant Resources

Mail order
Prairie Moon Nursery
Prairie Nursery
EcoTulips (non-native bulbs, and not regional, but one of the few certified organic, pesticide-free bulb vendors in the U.S.)
Seed Savers Exchange (non-native and not necessarily regional, but a non-profit dedicated to preserving heirloom, organic vegetable and fruit seeds)

A Sampling of Regional Native Plant Nurseries and Landscape Designers
Blazing Star Gardens: Design and landscaping services. Phone orders for pick up (Owatonna) or delivery.
Ecoscapes Sustainable Landscaping: Design and landscaping services. Delivery only for plant stock.
Glacial Ridge Growers: Saturday St. Paul Farmer’s Market.
Kinnickinnic Natives: Retail location in River Falls, WI.
Landscape Alternatives:  Shafer retail location.
Mama Terra Gardens: Professional landscape services.
Native Sun: See website for plant sale events
Natural Shore: Shoreline, ponds, wetlands, and prairies. Retail location in Independence, MN.
Naturally Wild: Minneapolis location in May and June.
Outback Nursery: Design and landscaping services. Hastings retail location.
Prairie Restoration: Design and landscaping services. Princeton and Scandia retail locations.
Sogn Valley Farm: to Saturday St. Paul farmers market. Certified organic produce, native plants, and CSA.
True Nature Design: Design, installation, and management services.

Organic Lawn Care
Green Core
Organic Bob

Events, Classes, and Volunteer Opportunities

 

Home Native Garden Showcases
Tuesday, January, 15, 2019/6:30 p.m.
Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Dr S, Richfield, MN 55423, USA (map)
Andy Scott – Transforming Lawn to Habitat Over Five Growing Seasons, and Jeremy Mayberg – An Urban Oasis: Landscape Gardening with Native Plants
 
Healing and Restoring our Relationship with Nature”
Saturday, February 16, 2019/9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Speakers: Robin Wall Kimmerer, Larry Weaner, Michael Lynch

University of St. Thomas
James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center
2115 Summit Ave (at Cretin), St. Paul, Minnesota 55105

Best Practices for Pollinators
March 7, 2019: 8 AM – 12:30 p.m.
Silverwood Park Lodge, Three Rivers Park District, Minneapolis

Ongoing May-October, most Tuesday evenings.
Interested in learning how to ecoscape with Minnesota native plants? Want to lend a hand in a spectacular public garden? Then say no more! Join our merry group of gardeneers (that’s not a typo!) to learn, volunteer, and enjoy an occasional ice cream cone. Visit the Naturescape’s facebook page to sign up to be notified about the season’s volunteer schedule. We roll up our sleeves most (but not all) Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Our schedule shifts to 5-7 p.m. when the sun starts to go down earlier later in the season.

Fall is a thrilling time at Hawk Ridge! Be sure to visit this amazing migratory phenomenon. Hawk Ridge is known as one of the major sites for observation of raptor migration. Visitors come from all over the world in the fall. Indeed, our guest register has entries from thousands of visitors who have come from all 50 states and from over 40 foreign countries.

Most raptors are reluctant to cross large bodies of water. When they migrate south and encounter Lake Superior, the birds naturally veer southwest along the lakeshore. They concentrate in impressive numbers on the bluffs overlooking East Duluth and can be easily seen from the overlook at Hawk Ridge. Of the 20 species of raptors and vultures that have been seen at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, the peregrine falcon and gyrfalcon are among the rarest. Whether species are common or rare, they are all thrilling to watch as they traverse the ridge, often at or below eye level. Naturalists are onsite until the end of October. Click the above link for visitor information. Who knew this was practically in our own backyards? Bring lawn chairs, a pot of coffee, binoculars, and enjoy life in the slow lane for awhile.

 

 
 

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