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Managing Weeds in Pollinator Gardens

The growing season is finally here! Spring brings the excitement of seeing perennials return to our gardens. Soon, native plants will be busy providing resources for wildlife, sequestering carbon, and…  Read More

Minnesota Native Plant Nurseries and Retailers

Minnesota has many native plant nurseries and retailers. We recommend sourcing your native plants and seeds from within 175 miles of your project location to the extent possible. If you don’t have a native plant retailer near you, there are some great nurseries in the state that offer shipping on online orders. Browse the list…

Blazing Star Gardens

Blazing Star Gardens is a native plant nursery located in Owatonna, MN. We grow a unique range of native plants including hard-to-find species and smaller “plugs” which are a more…  Read More

Spring Native Plant Sales in Minnesota

It’s a new growing season! We’ve put together a list of upcoming native plant sales in the Twin Cities Metro and throughout Minnesota. Sales will be continually added as announced.…  Read More

Getting to Know Native Seeds

It’s easy to appreciate native plants for their colorful and varied blooms. But as autumn drifts in, petals wither and flower heads dry out. In their place, seeds are released…  Read More

Summer Maintenance for Pollinator Gardens

Native plants are hardy. Well-adapted to Minnesota’s harsh winters and summer heat, they don’t need much care to thrive. Once established, they provide food for pollinators, strengthen soil, and clean…  Read More

person bent over planting in garden

Fall: A Great Time for Native Planting

Cooler mornings, yellow-tinged leaves—the first signs of fall are in the air. As summer’s blooms begin to wane and the warm hues of goldenrods and grasses take their place, it…  Read More

Shady yard with dry creek bed and plants

Native Plants That Grow in Maple Shade

Maple trees can be wonderful denizens of the urban landscape, growing quickly to provide shade in the summer and glorious colors in the fall. But many home gardeners are challenged…  Read More