Your complete local guide to Gardening with Native Plants
A quiet revolution is going on in gardens all across Saskatoon. A renewal. A return to appreciating the beauty and diversity of the plants that have been blooming here for hundreds and thousands of years.
Many of the plants that we find in the garden centers were gathered from the four corners of Earth through centuries of European colonial adventures. Peonies from China and the Mediterranean. Lilacs from eastern Europe. Petunias and marigolds from Central and South America. As lovely and familiar as these plants are, they are misfits here, badly attuned to the needs of our native pollinators and other creatures. Too often, their flowers are mere pompoms, with little to offer but a show of colour. No nectar, no pollen, no food for insects or birds.
Native plants, by contrast, evolved as part of this ecosystem, in concert and collaboration with dozens of different kinds of wild bees and other organisms. As a result, these plants have what it takes to keep the world buzzing. Happily, adding native plants to your flowerbeds or planters is surprisingly easy and a lot of fun.
To learn how you can create a nature refuge in your own backyard, please join us online at 7 PM on Wednesday, May 12 for a NatureCity Conversation with three local experts: Renny Grilz of Blazing Star Wildflower Seed Company, Chet Neufeld of the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan, and Sandra Walker, ethnobotanist and author of The Path to Wild Food. The event will feature a panel discussion, with plenty of time for your questions.