Go Native with Us!
When: Saturday, May 6, 2017 at
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (rain or shine)
Where: Bunker Interpretive Center, West Entrance
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 80 rare, unusual, and favorite varieties of native wildflowers, shrubs, and grasses for all growing conditions, including drought-tolerant, rain garden, and shade species.
New this Year –More Resource Professionals will be Onsite the Day of the Sale to Answer Questions
New to native plant gardening or just need more information? Along with CCEP staff, River City Wild One members, Kent Conservation District staff and volunteers, Master Naturalists and members of the new Native Plant Guild will be onsite to answer your questions about which plants to use where, how to get rid of invasive species, where to find professional landscape designers and where to find additional native plant species. Additional resources are found below.
Make a day at Calvin.
Check out the Mad Farmer's Food Fest from 10 am- 2 pm just south of us at the DeVos Communication Center.
Plants available at this year's sale:
For Photos and Additional Informational About Plant Species Visit these Online Databases:
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!
Additional Native Plant Sales, Growers & Ecological Landscapers in West Michigan
Native Plant Guild - This is a list of local business dedicated to providing West Michigan with ecological landscape design, native plants, installation and maintenance.
Plaster Creek Stewards - PCS at Calvin College provides businesses, schools, churches, and landowners with native landscape design services, native plants, installation and maintenance, for locations within the Plaster Creek watershed, for a fee. These fees support their amazing work in educating about watershed issues and equipping the local community to take action to restore their watershed. If interested in contracting their services, contact email@example.com. Want to create a rain garden? Check out their step by step instructions.
More Educational Resources about Native Plants & Invasive Species
Ecosystem Preserve Pinterest Page - If you are an educator looking to educate others about native plants and pollinators, check out our favorite list of educational resources, storybooks, art projects, apps, videos, and funding sources for creating native plant gardens.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Our former first lady and actress Helen Hayes founded an organization in 1982 to protect and preserve North America's native plants and natural landscapes. This website introduces people to the beauty and diversity of wildflowers and other native plants. It contains an extensive national native plant database, image gallery, step-by-step gardening instructions, literature, and amazing educational resources for teachers.
Michigan State University│Native Plants & Ecosystem Services - This website contains the latest research from Michigan State University about native plants and their beneficial pollinators. It is packed with native plant fact sheets, information on beneficial insects, scientific publications and teaching tools.
Midwest Invasive Plant Network - MIPN’s mission is to reduce the impact of invasive plant species in the Midwest. It includes a diverse group of participants and partners. Their website provides the latest research and education materials about the prevention, control and management of invasive species in the Midwest.
The Pollinator Partnership - This non-profit organization is the largest in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. Two of our favorite resources on their website include ecoregional planting guides and the Bee Smart® Pollinator Gardener’s app. These resources help you find the right plants for your area to attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles, bats, and other pollinators to the garden, farm, school, and every landscape.
River City Wild Ones - Wild Ones is a national, volunteer-powered, non-profit environmental education and advocacy organization. Grand Rapid's local chapter promotes the benefits of native plants and sustainable landscape practices through monthly educational programs, fieldtrips, and community service projects. The group is composed of citizens who possess varying levels of plant and gardening knowledge, from beginner to advanced. Visitors and new members are always welcome.