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Native Plant Resources


10 Steps for Starting a New Habitat + Other Resources:

Container planting with keystones, Tallamy's newsletter archive, FAQ videos, and register your habitat on the HNP map!


Catchfly Commons

Free tours of a 1.3 acre native garden that contains over 275 species of plants located in Delaware, Ohio


Find Plants Native to your Zipcode + Other Resources:

Ranger Rick Kids’ Nature Magazine, Educator Tools for Connecting Kids and Nature, or Put Your School on the EcoSchools Map!

Other Native Plant Nurseries

We carry hundreds of species of trees, shrubs, and perennials native to Central Ohio, but there are so many Ohio natives that we can’t carry them all. For more native plant nurseries in Ohio, check out the Ohio Native Growers website.

Native Plant Communities

Discover Ohio's diverse native plant communities, no matter where you are in the state. Explore available resources, connect with local organizations and volunteer leaders and actively engage in your community's environmental initiatives.


Wild Ones — Columbus Chapter

Free educational events, plant sales, and native plant garden grants


Westerville Department of Parks and Recreation

Click below to email Adam for more info on planting and invasive removal from parks in  Westerville, OH


Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed

Volunteer planting and invasive removal along the Olentangy watershed

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Arc of

Volunteer planting & invasive removal in some of the most intact wilderness of Appalachian Ohio

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Native Plant Movement

A NextDoor group in central Ohio concerned with the health of our local ecosystems

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Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines of Ohio

Sponsored by Arc of Appalachia. Admins dedicated to native woody plant education and ID.

Nature's Best Hope

Douglas Tallamy is an entomologist and wildlife researcher whose book Bringing Nature Home was the inspiration for our nursery, Leaves for Wildlife. His lectures are humorous and loaded with beautiful nature photography, and they’re great for sharing with others to help them understand the importance of planting natives.

DIY Garden Planning

Many “butterfly garden” and “pollinator garden” designs and seed blends don’t feature native plants. This can be confusing to folks who are just getting started. We want to help take the guesswork out by connecting you to resources centered around the use of native plants.

Click the button to the right to see a design by Chris Anderson of Catch the Water that integrates native plantings among mature native and non-native trees right here at Leaves for Wildlife


Wild Ones — Columbus

Free, native garden designs specific to your area


Prairie Moon Nursery

Over 700 species of native seeds with native range, growth habits and germination codes.


Ohio Prairie Nursery Seed

Local Ohio genotype seeds and seed blends at reasonable prices


The Biota of North America Program

Native ranges/distribution of plants in North America


Trees from Seed

Info on identifying native trees, collecting seeds, and propagation


Ohio Invasive Plants Council

A list of invasive plants banned for sale in Ohio (sadly, most are common)

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The Buckeye Botanist

A Guide to the
Milkweeds of Ohio

Landscaping & Garden Design Services

Educational Resources


Project Learning Tree

Environmental education activities and resources for children


Project WILD

Wildlife-based conservation and environmental education

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Ohio DNR

Extensive information on Ohio-native species of plants and wildlife

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USDA NRCS Resources

Looking for information on how you can help pollinators directly? The USDA provides helpful resources to a wide variety of groups on a wide variety of topics. Click below to explore!


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