Did you know that including native plants on your property can help support the diversity of wildlife we enjoy in Harpswell? Planting natives is a simple way to be a part of the solution to support animals like Monarch butterflies and many kinds of birds.
There are many good resources about how and why to include native plants in your yard, and we recommend those listed below.
For resources on choosing and planting natives, visit:
- The Xerces Society Pollinator Plants for the Northeast.
- The Wild Seed Project
- Gardening to Conserve Maine’s Native Landscape: Plants to Use and Plants to Avoid (University of Maine Cooperative Extension)
- Plants for the Maine Landscape (University of Maine Cooperative Extension)
- Native Plants: A Maine Source List (University of Maine Cooperative Extension)
- Go Botany is a great resource for identifying plants
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has a native plants database
- Designing Your Landscape for Maine (University of Maine Cooperative Extension)
- An article written by Kara Douglas in 2016 for the Harpswell Anchor: Native Plants Take Center Stage
Every year Harpswell Heritage Land Trust offers an educational event exploring how and why to include native plants in our yards and gardens and a native plant sale. Click here for 2019 details.
In 2018 there were three presenters. Their powerpoint presentations are available for download below. Click on the titles of presentations to download the PDF files.
- Re-Envisioning your Landscape using Native Plant Species to Support Local Wildlife with Kathleen (Kookie) McNerney, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
- Edible Landscapes with Shawn Jalbert, Native Haunts
- Planting Natives along the Shoreline with Kate Miller, local landscaper
In 2017 there were four speakers and a question and answer session with all presenters. Videos of these presentations are available for viewing below.