Pine Jog has created a demonstration garden to educate homeowners and commercial nursery people about the benefits of utilizing native plants that provide food and shelter for wildlife as well as reducing costs associated with care and maintenance.
Each phase of the garden represents either an ecosystem or special interest. They consist of a coastal dune and coastal hammock (Eastern Palm Beach County), butterfly garden, formal garden, and upland (Western Palm Beach County). The formal garden will demonstrate even the most manicured garden can incorporate natives and provide ecological and sustainable benefits.
WHAT ARE NATIVE PLANTS
Native plants are species that were present before European settlement in North America. These plants have evolved to live in their specific region, and therefore are better suited to weather and soil conditions, and require less water and fewer fertilizers. Native plants provide habitat to wildlife and pollinators, supporting local biodiversity.
WHY PLANT NATIVE
“With the ever increasing development of natural areas in our country, there is no place left for wildlife but in the landscapes and gardens we ourselves create. And…unless we restore native plants to our suburban ecosystems, the future of our plant and animal biodiversity in the United States is dim.”
- Douglas Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home
1. Native plants have adapted to our climate and their environment, therefore:
2. They support populations of native fauna
3. They help to develop a sense of place
4. Non- native plants may be or become invasive and threaten natives in your yard or in natural areas. To find out which non-native plants have already been determined to be threatening natural areas and should be avoided in the landscape, visit http://www.fleppc.org/.
• Choose native plants
• Diversify selection by color, species, size and niche
• Reduce maintenance
• Control pests
• Attract wildlife
Mulch Garden Beds:
• Reuse yard scraps
• Cover garden beds
• Retain water
• Control weeds
• Improve soil structure
• Collect food scraps
• Collect yard scraps
• Expose to heat, moisture and air
• Divert, reduce waste
• Produce fertilizer
• Improve soil quality
• Use drip irrigation
• Plant all unused lawn to reduce the use of sod
• Shade with trees
• Minimize water use
• Reduce evaporation and runoff
WHERE CAN YOU FIND NATIVE PLANTS FOR YOUR YARD:
Meadow Beauty Native Nursery http://meadowbeautynursery.com
Native Choice http://www.nativechoicenursery.com
Indian Trails Native Nursery http://indiantrails.vpweb.com
Southern Native Gardens http://southernnativenursery.com
Amelia Smarty Plants http://www.amelias-smartyplants.com
Mesozoics Native Nursery (561) 967-2630
Erhardt Nursery (561) 967-7181
CERTIFY YOUR YARD:
SUSTAINABLE AND NATIVE LANDSCAPING SERVICES:
Lorax Designs LXDesigns13@gmail.com
NOTE: Many of the native nurseries also provide consultation, design, and installation services as well.
For questions about Pine Jog's Demonstration Garden, contact Kristi Moyer, Pine Jog’s Facility and Land Manager, at email@example.com or 561-686-6600.