butterfly weedPlanting Ohio-native species of trees, shrubs and perennials can reduce soil erosion, create wildlife habitat, support pollinators and reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides. Native plants have evolved with our climate, soils and wildlife.

One example of this is the relationship between native plants and insects. The photo at left is the butterfly weed, the leaves of which are food for monarch butterfly caterpillars. Monarchs can use nectar from non-native plants, but need the native butterfly weed for the caterpillars. 

Our sale features native plants that are well adapted to central Ohio, as well as fruit trees to promote locally grown foods. Fish fingerlings are also being sold for stocking farm ponds.

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Educators & Youth Leaders

Educators: register for the first two EE workshops of 2015!

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In November’s Backyard Conservation¬† Update, we discuss: Read More

Local Governments

Our geomatics team just produced this awesome map of households participating in the GreenSpot rain barrel program from 2011 through this year. It’s exciting to see the widespread participation! Read More