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Native plants: thank you, questions, free t-shirts and more!

Thank you for subscribing.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

I started this blog because I love gardening and, through my work, learned about the vast acreage across the Chesapeake Bay watershed converted from forest to farm and residential use. This conversion, over time, decreased available habitat to support pollinators, insects, birds and wildlife. Experts in these things believe, given the large number of residential lots in the watershed, if enough of us were to start using native plants, we would be able to significantly offset this loss of ecological function.

Personally, I have seen how adding a native shrub or tree attracts oodles of life while adding an ornamental yew or nandina doesn’t produce much activity.  Gardening with native plants is more fun.

I originally envisioned this blog as an easy to use resource for gardeners looking for native substitutes for popular ornamental plants.  While I still have high hopes for this goal, over the past year, I learned blogging is a way of developing a community.  You are among the community of people willing to consider reading about native plants.

I am grateful to you and want want to figure out what you are most interested in.  This very short survey will help me better understand what you want to read about. If you are truly a native plant “nut,” at the end of the survey, you can request a free “Nuts For Natives” t-shirt.  These are made in the US of 100 percent organic cotton.  Not enough of a garden geek to wear such a shirt? You will still have my deep appreciation for your support!

Thank you and best wishes for 2020.



We want you to be as excited about planting Chesapeake natives as we are. “Plant This or That” gives you a native alternative to popular plants. Other posts highlight really fabulous fauna native to the Chesapeake.

Nuts for Natives, avid gardener, Baltimore City admirer, Chesapeake Bay Watershed restoration enthusiast, and public service fan.

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