There have already been some articles about spring planting in the Herald Times. When shopping for plants, be sure to avoid invasive non-native species, such as Purple Loosestrife, Burning Bush, Bradford Pears, and bush honeysuckles. The MC-IRIS group recommends looking for native plants at local dealers who particpate in the Go Green, Grow Native program. See www.mc-iris.org for details.
For more information about rain gardens, visit How to Make a Green Spot.
How is your lawn connected to clean water? Your fertilizer choices matter. . .
Find out how at www.clearchoicescleanwater.org and take the pledge to go phosphorus free!
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to ??
Location: Monroe County Courthouse
Description: Help install new native plants on the north side of the Courthouse. Bring gloves, shovels, or other tools if you have them. If not, just bring yourself and plenty of water and sunscreen!
Date: December 19, Noon to 4 p.m.
Location: Orchard, 2120 S. Highland Ave.
Description: We will be focusing on providing care to the individual trees that need to be staked, mulched, settled in, etc. If we’re lucky, we might just turn some compost as well. Please join us if you can! Learn more at the community orchard website.
The Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS) will hold its annual conference on Saturday, November 6, at the University of Indianapolis. The theme of this year's conference is "Conserving Biodiversity with Native Plants." Two nationally known speakers, Carole Brown and Carolyn Summers, will present the keynote addresses. Brown will discuss "Ecosystem Gardening: Why Native Plants are Essential to Biodiversity." Summers will discuss "Native Garden Design: How to Use Native Plants to Conserve Biodiversity." Visit the INPAWS website to learn more.
SWEET is the Storm Water Environmental Education Team of Monroe County, Indiana.