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Old 06-18-2009, 10:28 PM   #1
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CLUB NEWS | portclintonnewsherald.com | Port Clinton News Herald
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May 1, nine members attended the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, Region 6, Spring Meeting at Hayes United Memorial Methodist Church in Fremont.
The afternoon program was presented by Jan Hunter of Naturally Native Nursery of Bowling Green. Her topic was "Landscaping with Native Plants". Native plants are those grasses, trees, shrubs and flowering plants that have evolved in an area over long periods of time, or "indigenous" plants. When planting, it is a good idea to determine the objective for the planting -- wildlife habitat, color, erosion control, difficult areas, less lawn etc. Consider the maintenance, the design of the garden at the chosen site and selecting the species. Some of the native woody plants for butterfly and moth species listed by the number of each species are oak 517, willow 456, cherry and plum 448, birch 413, poplar 368, crabapple 311 and blue/cranberry 288.

Two often seen in area gardens are the "burning bush" and viburnum. Native plants support 35 times more caterpillar species than exotic species. Hunter says the praying pantis keep the bugs in check. Phragmites aka common reed, an invasive exotic plant along open wetlands, lake shores or ditches is familiar to many.

There are 170 species of it in Europe, five in North America. One should be careful when planting seed mixes; non-native invasive species may be in the mix.

Hunter spoke of the loss of habitat, i.e., 70 percent of the Eastern U.S. forests are logged, 99.9 percent of the black oak savannas have been developed or destroyed in other ways and 99 per cent of the prairies have been destroyed. Just a couple of native plants in our back yards will help promote conservation.
The Catawba Island Garden Club is evidently from Ohio. Does anyone have contact information for this group?
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