Let's Grow Native!

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Upcoming Events

Selecting Pollinator and Bird Friendly
Trees and Shrubs Workshop | Aug. 1, 2019

with guest speaker Heather Holm

Who: Burnsville residents
When: Thursday, Aug. 1 | 6:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Where: Burnsville City Hall | 100 Civic Center Parkway
Cost: Free (pre-registration is required)

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2020 Native Plant Market | Saturday, May 16
9 a.m. - noon

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For more information about native plants, contact Caleb Ashling via email or at (952) 895-4543.

Why Native Plants? 

Native plants are best adapted to the local climate and soil types. Once native plants are established they generally need very little care. Their deep root structures prevent soil erosion, increase soil fertility and moisture-holding capacity, and filter pollution. Native plants will not threaten to take over our natural communities -- unlike some non-natives such as European Buckthorn and Purple Loosestrife.

Native plants provide habitat for butterflies, bees and birds. Growing interest in native plants for rain gardens and pollinators gardens has led to more native plants being offered at local garden centers and native plant markets.

Native Plant Gardens

Flower Garden Every little bit helps when it comes to adding native plants to your property. You could keep it simple by enhancing your existing landscape with some native plants or create a whole new garden with a variety of plants so there's always something blooming. Below are resources to find out which native plants might work in your garden space.

Native Plantings

Thinking big? If you want to convert a large section of your Back Yard of House With Flowersyard into a native planting, such as a prairie, you'll want to plan ahead to make sure you're meeting standards for the City's native plant ordinance, which includes creating and submitting a landscape plan for approval.

Planned well and maintained, a native planting can provide abundant habitat for wildlife and be an attractive feature in the neighborhood. Learn more by checking out these resources:

Monarch on solidagoPollinators

Pollinators such as bees and butterflies play an essential role in the natural environment. Without pollination, many plants cannot produce fruit or seeds. Check out the links below to learn more about creating your own pollinator-friendly oasis: