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


Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration
Friday, April 27, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
At Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (4055 Nicollet Avenue South)
Featuring: Tree planting, beer garden, tree climbing, nature play, Elmer’s 40th birthday, 5k, games, food trucks, FUN!

Landscape Revival: Native Plant Expo & Market
Saturday, June 2 & 9 (see times and locations below)

The native Plant Expo and Market offers gardeners one convenient location to shop for Minnesota native plants from 6 local native growers and learn how to use the plants from conservation organizations. The goal of Landscape Revival is to promote the use of native plants by educating about their benefits for wildlife habitat, pollinators and water quality.

Saturday, June 2
9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Shepherd of the Hills Church
3920 Victoria St N,
Shoreview, Minnesota (MN) 55126

 Saturday, June 9
 9:00 am – 2:00 pmLocation
Richard Walton Memorial Park
15th Street N and Hadley Avenue N,
Oakdale, Minnesota (MN) 55128

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.

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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