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Library Native Plant Garden

The library recently added native plants to our garden. Native plants require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides. They are better for our ecosystems and provide the necessary nutrients and food, nectar pollen, and seeds for native birds, bugs, and fauna. Certain animals require particular plants; the Monarch butterfly only lays eggs on the milkweed, for instance.

Our native plants will make up part of a local pollinator pathway. Pollinators have a limited range. Local honey bees have a range of less than 1/2 mile. The distance between many wild areas with native plants can be much farther than that. By planting native plants, you provide native insects the ability to move from one wild area to another.

Native plants are naturally beautiful

Special thanks goes to the Community Foundation of Grundy County, Upcycled Products, The Conservation Foundation, JJC, and all of our volunteers who helped out!

We have the following native plants in our garden now:

  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Wild Indigo
  • Coneflowers
  • Penstemon
  • Goldenrod “Fireworks”
  • Prairie Petunia
  • Prairie Dropseed
  • Savannah Blazing Star
  • Joe Pye Weed
  • Monarda “Pardon my Cerise”
  • False “Tuscan Sun” Sunflower
  • Columbine
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Prairie Phlox
  • Butterfly Bush