Photo credit: Vicki Bonk
Prairie Moon Nursery
WickedTulips (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.
Boreal Natives: A satellite of Prairie Restorations. Esko, MN.
Dragonfly Gardens: Dragonfly Gardens carries a wide range of native perennials, grasses, ferns, shrubs, and trees to restore native habitats from shoreland, wetlands, and forests, to prairies. Amery, WI.
Ecoscapes Sustainable Landscaping: Design and landscaping services. Delivery only for plant stock.
Glacial Ridge Growers: Saturday St. Paul Farmer’s Market.
Hedberg Landscape: Stillwater.
Kinnickinnic Natives: Retail location in River Falls, WI.
Landscape Alternatives: Shafer retail location.
Mama Terra Gardens: Professional landscape services.
Minnesota Native Landscapes: Minnesota Native Landscapes is a full service ecological restoration company. Ecological services range from native seeding to prescribed burning to bio-engineering, and everything in between. Ostego, MN.
Morning Sky Greenery: A Minnesota Native Plant Nursery, growing native plants for shoreline restoration, raingardens and infiltration basins, and backyard butterfly, birdwatcher and pollinator gardens. Retail and online. Morris, MN.
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.
Pasque Ecological Design: Specializing in providing susainable landscape architecture services for residential, commercial, public, and institutional clients, including schools and faith-based communities.
Simonet Design: Landscape master planning, site design, and sustainable landscape design.
Sogn Valley Farm: Saturday St. Paul farmers market. Certified organic produce, native plants, and CSA.
Sunshine Gardens Nursery: A full service landscaping company serving Pine River, Backus, Aitkin, Pequot Lakes, Crosslake, Ideal Township, Longville, Walker, Fifty Lakes, Outing, Brainerd, Grand Rapids, and Nisswa. Nursery located in Pine River, MN.
True Nature Design: Design, installation, and management services.
Numerous non-profit organizations need citizens to report their findings in the natural world. Many of these programs are great for families. Below is a sampling of organizations that rely on citizen scientists.
Annual Christmas Bird Count
Audubon “The Great Backyard Bird Count” (every February)
Citizen Lake Monitoring Program
Citizen Stream Monitoring Program
Dragonfly Pondwatch Project
Frog and Toad Calling Survey (MN DNR-statewide opportunities)
Journey North Monarch Sightings
Lake Ice Reporting Program
Lake Level Minnesota Program
Loon Watcher Survey
Lost Ladybug Project
Minnesota Bee Atlas
Minnesota Bumblebee Survey
Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
Wetlands Health Evaluation Program
Zebra Mussel Monitoring Program
100 Plants to Feed the Bees
Attracting Native Pollinators
Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds: Creating Natural Habitats for Properties Large and Small
Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide
Bringing Nature Home
Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change
Gardening for Butterflies
Growing A Revolution
Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology
Landscaping with Native Plants of Minnesota
Pollinators of Native Plants
Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota
The Living Landscape
Trees and Shrubs of Minnesota
Newsletters and Publications
Ecological Landscape Alliance newsletter
Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine
The Butterfly Effect
Xerces Society(butterflies and insects)
Below is a sampling of regional and national organizations that share complementary goals of community environmental education, stewardship, and conservation.
Friends of the Mississippi
Great River Greening
Izaak Walton League
Leave No Trace
Master Naturalist Program
Master Water Steward Program
Minnesota Audubon Chapters
Minnesota Bird Altas
Minnesota Native Intelligence
Minnesota Native Plant Society
Pollinator Friendly Alliance
Wild Ones Minnesota Chapters
Wilderness in the City
Saturday, August 3
10 a.m. – 1 p.m
1704 Vicki Lane, MN 55118
Rock out with our friends, the BEES, a beer in hand and Minnesota’s best bands under an August sky. Party with purpose! Everyone is welcome. Register early for a chance to win wickedly cool prizes. Rain or Shine.
Bees, butterflies, pollinator characters, craft beer, food by Kierans Kitchen NE, art and science interactives, games and more. Minnesota’s best pollinator advocates, landscape habitat and garden experts to answer your toughest questions. Minnesota Pollinator Hero awards and more. A festival full of buzmentation of ideas, temptations and entertainment. Food for thought. Ride your bike for extra goodness.
August 25, Noon-6 p.m.
1401 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Monarch Festival
The Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales and plenty of opportunities to get up close with monarch butterflies, learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference.
Saturday, September 7, 2019
10 am to 4 pm
49th St and Woodlawn Blvd
Nokomis Naturescape “Gardeneering”
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.
Lurie Garden Summer Events (through August 25)
An urban model of responsible horticulture, Lurie Garden provides a healthy habitat for a wide variety of plants, animals, and insects. Lurie Garden is a leader in landscape architecture, garden design, responsible maintenance practices and dynamic public programming in an urban environment.
South Eastern corner of Millennium Park in Chicago, IL
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.
Certify Your Garden Through National Wildlife Federation
Green Cities, Good Health
Native Plants, Moths and Butterflies by Zip Code National Wildlife Federation
Native Plants for Birds by Zip Code Audubon Society
Pollinators and Native Plants: Downloadable Posters
Pollinator Plants of the Great Lakes Region
Restore Your Shore: MN Native Plant Encyclopedia
Sustainable Lawn Care
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
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