Sales of our Native Plants Continue!
When: Mondays - Fridays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Bunker Interpretive Center
We will be selling plants remaining from the Native Plant Sale to the general public through the summer. Please contact Julie Wilbourn to arrange a time to stop by.
Native plants are flowers, grasses, trees and shrubs that have inhabited Michigan since before European settlement. Each year, we collect native seeds from West Michigan and propogate them in our greenhouses. The Native Plant Sale features more than 75 rare, unusual, and favorite varieties of native wildflowers, shrubs, and grasses for all growing conditions, including drought-tolerant, rain garden, and shade species.
2014 Native Plant Sale Flyer
Additional species information and photos:
New Plants for 2014
Prairie Plants (100s)
Shade Plants (200s)
Rain Plants (300s)
Species arranged alphabetically by scientific name:
West Michigan Butterfly Nectar and Host Plant List
Proceeds benefit the Preserve's educational programs and enable us to offer them for free or for a reasonable fee. Thank you for your support!
Did you know?
Native plants ...
Are easy to grow and maintain, and require little watering and no fertilizing after they are established.
Provide beautiful, colorful plants that reflect Michigan’s rich natural heritage.
Encourage biodiversity by providing food and shelter for native pollinators like monarch butterflies and seed eaters such as American Goldfinches and Cardinals.
Provide important sources of genetic diversity for wild populations of plants.
Help reduce global warming by sequestering carbon through their extensive root system which returns carbon to the soil.
Native Landscaping Video
Check out the great video that some GVSU students created for the River City Wild Ones about the importance of landscaping with native plants. A portion of the video was filmed at the BIC and in our native gardens, and features our own Professor David Dornbos.