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Native Plant Resources


Douglas Tallamy’s resources for beginners


Doug Tallamy video: Bringing Nature Home: The Importance of Native Plants


National Wildlife Federation Native Plant Finder


The Midwest Native Plant Society holds a popular annual Native Plant Conference with a corresponding Native Plant & Artisan Sale.


Native Plant Yard Signs available here. offers Steps to planting a Native Pollinator Garden and more.


Biota of North America Program (BONAP)’s North America Plant Atlas


Two articles about the 13 species of Milkweed native to Ohio:


Easy to read article with nice photos (contains ads)


Scientific article with lots of data and range maps

  Other Native Plant Nurseries


  We carry hundreds of species of native trees, shrubs, and      perennials native to Central Ohio, but there are so many        natives that we can’t carry them all.  We invite you to also      consider these other native plant nurseries:


  Natives in Harmony in Marengo, Ohio

  Riverside Native Trees and Nursery in Delaware, Ohio

  Scioto Gardens in Delaware, Ohio


  More native plant nurseries in Ohio can be found at:



  Next Door community Native Plant Movement (local)


  Contact for volunteer groups removing invasives from            Metzger Park in Westerville, Marty Freado:


  Wild Ones Columbus Chapter


  Facebook community Native Trees, Shrubs & Vines of Ohio


  Westerville Parks and Rec coordinates various types of          volunteer opportunities, including spring tree planting at        several Westerville Parks. Adam Williams is the                      contact:

  The Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW)       also does coordinated planting and invasive removals. 

Educational Resources 


Project Learning Tree offers “Activities and resources to engage children in learning about the environment through the lens of trees and forests”


Project WILD's mission is to provide wildlife-based conservation and environmental education that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources.


More Wonderful Resources


Invasive Plants List and other resources available at Ohio Invasive Plant Council


USDA NRCS Resources

How Farmers Can Help Pollinators


How Gardeners Can Help Pollinators


Monarch Butterfly Resources for Landowners

Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District

Do-It-Yourself Garden Designs


Creating a Pollinator Garden for Specialist Bees


Wild Ones has free native garden designs available for specific geographic areas across the country, including Toledo.  


The Wild Ones Oak Openings Region Chapter in Northwest Ohio and Southeastern Michigan also offers a Free Native Garden Design.  These designs can be adapted for other areas.


Note that many “butterfly garden” and “pollinator garden” designs online do not feature native plants.  Native plants are essential for attracting and supporting native species.


Here’s another free garden design, integrating native plantings among mature native and non-native trees right here at Leaves for Wildlife.  For details, click on this image.  






Landscaping & Design Services


Chris Anderson has been helping us create roadside plantings and a new plant display area at the nursery.  This long-time gardener and Permaculture Designer offers:


  • Site consultations

  • Native and edible landscape design (see image) 

  • Chris’s Garden Buddy System supports homeowners who like to garden, like to learn, want a helping hand, and / or appreciate company while working outdoors

  • Rain gardens, rain tanks and storm water management

  • Other services include vegetable production, soil improvement, fruit tree services and mushroom inoculation


Chris Anderson's website:

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