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The Gift of Native Plants

Thanks for stopping by for a quick intro on native plants and the benefits they bring to our ecosystems. This holiday season, consider giving the gift of a native plant - a gift that keeps on giving!

Why are native plants important?

Native plants are (you guessed it!) native to a specific region, without being introduced by humans. They offer many benefits to their local habitats, and these benefits only multiply over time!

First off, plants in general suck carbon dioxide out of the air and subsequently store it in the soil. This makes them useful tools in the fight against climate change. According to the BBC's Science Focus Magazine, the longest living plants with the most mass are most adept at capturing carbon. Hardwood trees take the 🎂 when it comes to locking away carbon from the atmosphere, but long-living grasses and other plants are making a difference, too.

If you have a couple hours, grab your favorite snack and watch Kiss the Ground, an incredibly impactful and spine-tingling documentary about "regenerating the world's soils, [so that] we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth's climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies."

Scorpion's Tail
Scorpion's Tail

Who knew that an answer to climate change was right beneath our feet? If we utilize native plants and trees that are exceptionally suited to their region, we can TRANSFORM our landscapes and cityscapes while combating climate change.

That's just the beginning. Here are some other things we love about native plants:
  • They strengthen biodiversity.

  • A lot of them have extensive root systems that are great at filtering pollutants and nutrients from stormwater runoff and groundwater supplies. That means less dirty water going into our waterways! 🥳

  • Their long roots also help reduce erosion caused by runoff on stream banks.

  • Fertilizer, a common ingredient in runoff, is NOT needed when planting native species in their home regions. Native plants are experts at growing in their natural environment.

  • Many are in bloom all year long, adding long-lasting color to gardens and green spaces.

  • Native plant species help their native animal counterparts. When we use native Florida Coontie at our Miami-Dade County projects, we are supporting the endangered native Atala butterfly, whose larvae only feed on this species of plant.

  • It's worth mentioning again that they are good at taking bad stuff out of the air and storing it in the soil, which helps us fight climate change!

Cool, right?!

We make it a priority to design native plant sanctuaries in our Nature Hubs program. Each community green space that we build is an opportunity for community engagement and education regarding the importance of native plants in relation to the whole ecosystem. The impacts of lawns and gardens extend far beyond our backyards!

If you'd like to volunteer in our Nature Hubs program, click here. Read about the benefits to being outside here.

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