Plant It Wild: How to Bring Native Plants to Your Yard

One Northern Michigan organization is educating people about a critical source of nutrition for native species like caterpillars and insects.

Plant it Wild is a group based in Benzie and Manistee Counties, and its working to encourage people to bring native species back into their yards.

The group held a field trip to educate the public on why it’s important to plant native species.

Environmental Author and Filmmaker Catherine Zimmerman says it’s easy to not think of the ecological impact.

“A lot of people don’t understand the difference between a native plant between a non-native plant, and why that’s important,” she says. “When we fill our yard with non-native plants, we really impact the ecosystem, and as a result we’re losing many insect species.”

That’s why Plant it Wild, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Four Seasons Nursery and Watervale Inn came together with the event to encourage people to bring native species back into their yards.

Plant it Wild President Cheryl Gross says native plants can be both beautiful and beneficial. They hope to help restore Michigan’s native-plant’s habitat for the animals, bids and insects that need it to survive.

“You can have these beautiful, beneficial landscapes right outside your door,” she says.

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