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About This Planting

These plants are doing a lot of heavy lifting!

This is an ecological garden—these plants are performing vital ecosystem services, such as providing food and shelter for pollinators and other insects, capturing carbon, and preventing stormwater runoff. 

 

How? 

 

• Native Plants

Most of our native insects can't reproduce without the native plants they've co-evolved with. And insects make everything else possible: they feed birds, provide pollination, and improve the soil.

• Deep Roots

These plants have deep roots—some prairie plants have roots up to 10 feet deep! They can absorb much more water than a lawn-centric landscape. And on its journey through those roots, the water gets filtered. And it's not just water they're taking in. The carbon these plants absorb stays in the ground even after the plants die. And up to 90% of prairie plants’ biomass is in their roots, which makes prairie plants a carbon sink!

 

• Diversity

A variety of plants is key to supporting wildlife as well as providing other ecological benefits. Different plants fill different niches.

• Density

In order for all this to happen, the plants need to be densely planted. We've started with small plants so we can cram in as many as possible. But give them some time—in just a season or two, this garden will be jam-packed with plants and pollinators!

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Native pollinator bumble bee on anise hyssop.

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