Native Garden Open May through October
Our Native Garden showcases a number of amazing native plants that our local pollinators love! To provide the best habitat for pollinators, you can find blooms here all season long. We have so many wonderful, colorful and amazing plants native to our area – celebrate by planting some in your own garden.
What can you find in the Native Garden?
Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca
This plant is a favorite of the monarch butterfly. It is both a food source, and a host plant. Monarchs lay their eggs on the undersides of the leaves and the newly hatched caterpillars then eat the leaves. On your next visit, stop by and see if you can spot any munching caterpillars!
Blue False Indigo, Baptisia australis
This native perennial is grown for its tall spikes of blue flowers that bloom in early summer. The flowers eventually form striking deep blue seed pods. Though this is not a true indigo plant, the blooms can be used to produce beautiful blue dye.
Eastern Redbud Tree, Cercis canadensis
This beautiful native tree produces clusters of tiny magenta buds bloom into showy rosy pink flowers in early spring. It is a great native alternative to other flowering trees such as crabapples or cherry trees. Since the eastern redbud is in the legume family, it can also add nitrogen back into your soil.