VISITING — VIEWING — VOLUNTEERING
VISITING native plant gardens is a great way to meet other like minded native plant enthusiasts, learn about the plants. Fortunately there are many more opportunities to visit public native plant gardens than there were even a few years ago.
VIEWING native plants – really looking at them – is a good way to appreciate types and diversity of insects and other creatures that rely upon them. As you are out in the gardens we encourage you capture images of the plants, and animals that you see and identify them using the iNaturalist app on your phone. In doing so you will be learning which plants are actual native and which not. You will also be contributing to an enormous citizen science effort documenting biodiversity.
VOLUNTEERING is the third and most useful thing you can do. None of these gardens can survive the onslaught of invasive plants that creep in without help. Native plants grown in gardens also benefit from occasional dividing or removing dead plant material (usually in the spring after the seeds have fed the birds or scattered). Volunteers can also act as docents to help explain the critical role of native species. Volunteering in these gardens is also a great way to join others who are giving back to the earth and contributing to diverse ecosystems.