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Native Garden

This beautiful and wild garden is home to plants native to Western New York and is filled with our local pollinators’ favorites!

Native Garden

Why are native plants important?

  1. Gardening with plants native to your area is an amazing way to support biodiversity.
  1. Native plants provide shelter and food for local animals and insects.
  1. Since they naturally thrive in their own environment, they do not require fertilizers or pesticides.
  1. They also require less water, having already adapted to the conditions of their environment.


Asclepias syriaca

A monarch’s favorite plant! These native plants have beautiful pinkish flowers. 

Why is milkweed so important to monarch butterflies?

  1. Monarch butterflies will only lay their eggs on the undersides of milkweed leaves.
  2. After the caterpillars hatch from their eggs, they feed on the milkweed leaves.
  3. Milkweed leaves contain a chemical that is poisonous to most other animals.
  4. Monarchs have developed a resistance to this toxin. Ingesting it provides the caterpillars with a strong defense against predators who would otherwise eat them!

Other plants in this greenhouse

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