We are glad to offer you some helpful resources. If you have additional recommendations, please send them to us by email at [email protected]

Selected Informative Web Resources

The Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society

The Midwest Native Plant Society

Monarch Pathways

National Wildlife Federation – Gardening for Wildlife

National Wildlife Federation – Backyard Habitat Ohio

The Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Invasive Plants Publications & Links

Ohio Invasive Plants Council

Ohio Natural Areas & Preserves Association (ONAPA)

Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative

Ohio Tree ID Resources

Wild Ones Native Garden Designs

The Xerces Society


Local Sources for Native Plants

Five Springs Farm Nursery in Athens, Ohio is a nursery which offers a wide range of plants, specializing in natives, pawpaws, magnolias, buckeyes, sedums, bamboo, grasses, and ferns.

Leaves for Wildlife in Sunbury, Ohio is a native plant nursery with a special focus on plants that support wildlife and natural ecosystems in central Ohio and surrounding areas.

Natives in Harmony, a nursery in Marengo, Ohio. Owned by Gale Martin and Dan Grau with whom we partner for our spring plant sale. We also took a field trip there during the summer of 2014. Natives in Harmony will be open Sundays and Mondays from 12pm – 6pm, April 19th – September 28th, 2020.

Native Landscaping and Consulting, LLC, began with the goal of providing landscaping solutions and several services by working with the land and not against it. The company focuses on the central Ohio environment. Owner Peter Harrington can be reached at: [email protected]
Ohio Prairie Nursery is an Ohio source for native plant seeds.
Prairie Moon Nursery is a mail order nursery that offers dry root plants and seeds. Personal experience with this nursery is excellent and their website offers much information about all the plants. They also offer a free high quality catalogue.
Prairie Nursery is a mail order nursery offering excellent quality plants and a very informative website. Their free catalogue is also an excellent reference.
Riverside Native Trees and Nursery, LLC in Delaware, Ohio grows local provenance, Midwest native hardwood tree and shrub species in root pruning containers. Their website has a great page showing trees that grow in each of the counties. Information about each species is available as well.
Scioto Gardens in Delaware, Ohio offers native plants.

Selected Books

Goldberger, Miriam. Taming Wildflowers.

Lauv, Richard. Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. Algonquin Books.

Mader, Eric, Shepherd, Matthew, Vaughn, Mace, Black, Scott & LeBuhn, Gretchen. Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies. Storey Publishing, North Adams, Massachusetts.

Newcomb, Lawrence. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Little, Brown & Company.

Phillips, Harry R. Growing and Propagating Wildflowers. (out of print)

Rainer, Thomas & West, Claudia. Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon.

Stein, Sarah B. Noah’s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of our own Backyards, Houghton Mifflin Company

Planting Noah’s Garden, Further Adventures in Backyard Ecology, Houghton Mifflin Company

Strong, Valerie. All My Phlox, Kent University Press

Tallamy, Douglas W. Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in our Gardens. Timber Press

The Xerces Society and The Smithsonian Institution. Butterfly Gardening: Creating Summer Magic in your Garden, Sierra Club Books

The Xerces Society Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies, Storey Publishing.


Grant Resources

Wild Ones- Seeds for Education Grant

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife : grant and funding opportunities

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has grants that can be found at this link.

Ohio Grant Watch

Project Learning Tree- Greenworks Environmental Education Grant: school/community native plant garden, a forest improvement project, a stream side restoration plan, a recycling program, or energy conservation project for your students