Native Knowledge: External Resources

LOCAL RESOURCESyour local university cooperative extension and native plant society can be great starting points when researching native plants.

Maryland
University of MD Extension
Maryland Native Plant Society

Virginia
VA Cooperative Extension
Virginia Native Plant Society

Pennsylvania
Penn State Extension
Pennsylvania Native Plant Society

New York
Cornell University Cooperative Extension
New York Native Plant Societies

New Jersey
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Native Plant Society of New Jersey

 

MAKE YOUR BACKYARD COUNT

🍃 Homegrown National Park – “A grassroots call-to-action to restore biodiversity and ecosystem function by planting native plants and creating new ecological networks. The map is an interactive community-based visual that will show each person’s contribution to planting native by State, County and Zip Code. There will be a gauge showing progress towards our goal of 20 million acres of native planting in the U.S. Importantly, the map is a way for individuals to see their part in the greater whole – creating new ecological networks and restoring biodiversity.”

🍃 National Wildlife Foundation, Certify Your Garden – “Anyone can create a welcoming haven for local wildlife. Turning your yard, balcony container garden, schoolyard, work landscape, or roadside greenspace into a Certified Wildlife Habitat® is fun, easy, and can make a lasting difference for wildlife.”

WHAT PLANTS ARE NATIVE TO YOUR AREA?the resources listed here can help identify which plant species are native to your region or state along with their ideal growing conditions. Some resources also help identify which plants are invasive and should be avoided.

🍃 USDA Plants Database – “The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, automated tools, onward Web links, and references.”

🍃 National Wildlife Federation’s Native Plant Finder – “Using data based on the research of Dr. Doug Tallamy, you can search by zip code to find plants that host the highest numbers of butterflies and moths to feed birds and other wildlife where you live.”

🍃 US Fish and Wildlife Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping (PDF) – “This publication includes color photos as well as user-friendly information on native species appropriate for planting in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and adjacent coastal regions.”

🍃 USDA Native Plant Materials – “The site is dedicated to the enjoyment of the thousands of wildflowers growing on our national forests and grasslands, and to educating the public about the many values of native plants.”

🍃 USDA Invasive Species and Pest Management – “This site provides lists and information for species declared invasive, noxious, prohibited, or otherwise harmful or potentially harmful. Information is organized by geographical location, covering the U.S.”

 

GARDEN PLANNING TOOLS

Pollinator Partnership – “Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.” You can find Ecoregional Planting Guides as well as Garden Cards to help plan your native garden, in addition to other valuable gardening resources.

Trees.com – A list of free landscape design software

Veteran Compost – “Veteran Compost is a veteran-owned business focused on turning food scraps into high quality organic compost in Maryland, DC and Virginia.  We provide food scrap collection, finished compost, and a host of other great products.”