The local Quaker church has an ambitious plan to convert the landscaping from invasive species and alien ornamental species to native plants in order to support the local fauna that depend on them.
We are fortunate that a local foundation, Brightside, provides us with free plants and a lot of information to make our landscape plan successful.
Each summer they put on a symposium with speakers who teach us how to be better native species gardeners. I have learned so much these past two years.
Then they allow not-for-profit organizations to apply for grants of native species plants. Last summer we received a grant of about 140 plants and a hose and sprinkler. This year we are requesting about 130 plants.
This year, we hope to double the size of our butterfly garden.