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Native Plant Presentation

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Presentation given at the Sustainable Landscaping Workshop on September 6th, 2014 by Celia Vuocolo with the Hill House Farm and Native Plant Nursery.

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Native Plant Presentation

  1. 1. Landscaping for Wildlife ~Creating habitat with native plants~ Celia Vuocolo, Hill House Farm & Nursery September 2014
  2. 2. Located in Castleton, VA 100% Native! Landscaping & Design Services
  3. 3. What does wildlife need? Shelter Food sources Protection Water
  4. 4. Create healthy habitat-- Plant NATIVE plants!
  5. 5. Why are Natives important? • Provide shelter, food, nesting sites and cover for wildlife--birds, mammals, insects, aquatic life--and ultimately, people! • Essential to land reclamation, soil health and water protection— Ecosystem Services • Create a “sense of place” • Create habitat !
  6. 6. Habitat losses are enormous Urban Sprawl/Development Current Agricultural Practices Over-harvesting for medicinal purposes
  7. 7. So, what’s a gardener to do?
  8. 8. #1: 5 First Steps #2: Hedgerow Recipe #3: Plant a Powerhouse
  9. 9. “5 First Steps” • Mow less grass! Add layers, create hedges, “connect corners” • Control exotic invasives. • Avoid using insecticides. • Practice benign neglect...leave the leaves, save the snags, pile the brush • Plant a “Powerhouse”!
  10. 10. Planting a Hedgerow: Think outside the box! Traditional Free form
  11. 11. Hedgerow Recipe: 1 Evergreen 2 Nectar-producing 2 Berry-producing 1 Thorny “beast”
  12. 12. Start with an evergreen… Inkberry, Ilex glabra
  13. 13. Then add the nectar producers… Bottlebrush Buckeye, Aesculus parviflora
  14. 14. Summersweet Clethra alnifolia NJ Tea Ceanothus americanus
  15. 15. Serviceberry, Amelanchier laevis Blackhaw Viburnum prunifolium Don’t forget the fruit!
  16. 16. Virginia Rose Rosa virginiana Thorny Beast!
  17. 17. Lonicera sempervirens ‘Magnifica’ ‘John Clayton’ Consider some vines!
  18. 18. The Pollinator Powerhouses
  19. 19. Top Ten • Mountain Mint • Blazing stars • Goldenrod • Joe Pye • Asters • Milkweed • Black eyed susans • Bee balms • Ironweed • Vervain
  20. 20. Mountain Mint!
  21. 21. Liatris spicata Liatris microcephala Liatris squarrosa Liatris punctata Liatris pycnostachia Liatris aspera Liatris borealis
  22. 22. Rudbeckia triloba R. subtomentosa R. fulgida R. maxima R. laciniata
  23. 23. FS
  24. 24. The Goldenrods: so misunderstood.
  25. 25. Stiff goldenrod
  26. 26. Blue stem goldenrod
  27. 27. Dwarf goldenrod
  28. 28. Asters, asters, asters... Aster laevis A. pilosus A. puniceus A. novae-angliae A. novii-belgii A. oblongifolius A. umbellatus *A. cordifolia, A. divaricata, A. macrophyllus
  29. 29. Aster oblongifolius
  30. 30. Raydon’s favorite October skies
  31. 31. Milkweed spp.!
  32. 32. What will we accomplish?
  33. 33. Re-building biodiversity from the ground up
  34. 34. Re-establishing relationships
  35. 35. Questions?

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