Plant It Wild’s 14th season has wrapped! Following our mission to foster greater awareness and appreciation of the fragile natural environment of our region. Through direct efforts, we work to preserve, protect and promote the natural beauty of the area and its plant communities, we offered five educational programs, four field trips, two native plant sales, and provided speakers to other groups on Michigan native plants. Everything we offer is free and open to the public. Quite a feat for a smallish local club!
Getting out into the woods for spring ephemerals, into the dunes for plants attuned to that specialized ecosystem, and into meadows for bug sightings is the BEST way to learn about, experience, and appreciate our plant communities and environments. Our 2014 field trips included ALL of that.
We began the programming season with Dr. Duke Elsner speaking and showing slides and videos on predatory and parasitic insects. Man, it is a bug-eat-bug world out there! We ended our season with a wild food foraging speaker and creative preparations of wild foods for tasting! Sumac berry meringue pie is fabulous, just sayin’. In between, we offered Michigan Native Plants: Beneficial and Beautiful, Ferns, Sedges and Grasses, and Master the Art of Science and Composting.
Plant It Wild continues to study and learn about the native plant movement, working with Michigan native plants to create formal gardens, informal gardens and naturalized landscaping. We are serious about protecting our plants from outside invaders. We offer links to specialists who understand invasive plants and hard working Michigan native plants valuable to protect our surface and ground water through establishing rain gardens and shoreline protection.
Plant It Wild also engages in working with and supporting relationships with the Invasive Species Network, Conservation Districts, Grand traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Master Gardeners, and other organizations.
Get out and get to know our Michigan native plants…Go Wild, Go Native!
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