Focus on Native Plants

For the next two years, garden clubs across Massachusetts are joining an initiative to encourage the planting of native plants.  Why native plants?  For one, these plants are adapted to our local climate and soil conditions and thus can be easier to grow.  They are also a very important part of the local food web, providing seeds, pollen, nectar, and forage for our wildlife.

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Monarch butterfly on native milkweed

The leaves of native trees and plants play host to many butterflies and moths, and in turn many birds rely on those caterpillars for food, especially for their babies.  However, the vast majority of our native insects only feed on particular species that they have adapted to over time – which means they need native plants.  Our native oak trees are hosts to over 550 different species of caterpillars, for example, while the non-native ginkgo only hosts 5.  Without native plants, much of our wildlife would disappear.

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Native plants are an essential part of our ecosystem for many reasons, and we can help by choosing natives for our garden.  Find out more on Tuesday, April 7, at 7:00pm at the Holliston Senior Center where our speaker Claudia Thompson will be giving a talk on Using Native Plants in Your Garden… Why it Matters.

Saving the American Chestnut Tree

A century ago, a blight killed billions of American Chestnut trees, pushing them to the brink of extinction. Learn about the efforts to restore this tree to our native forests with this talk by Brad Smith from the Mass/RI American Chestnut Foundation on Tuesday, March 10, at 7:00pm at the Holliston Public Library.

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This event is sponsored by the Holliston Public Library and Holliston Garden Club.