The Power of Native Plant Communities

Happy Spring from the Linden Hills Environment & Sustainability Committee! We are excited to announce the approval of a new project that will soon begin along the Trolley Path Naturescape. Two residents of Linden Hills will serve as project leads in coordination with the Environment & Sustainability Committee. The goal behind this project is to increase and protect true Minnesota native trees, shrubs and plants. Native plants promote biodiversity and ecological function in their local environment. 

We invite you to start planning your own native landscaping. A plant is considered native if it has occurred naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without human introduction. Native plant communities control erosion, maintain healthy soil, moderate temperature, buffer waterways and sequester carbon. In Minnesota, native plant communities provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for butterflies, insects, birds and other animals. They also serve as host plants and habitat for many different insect and animal species. 

If you are thinking about going native it is a good idea to place orders now as many retailers will sell out. A list of local retailers offering Minnesota native plants can be found below. Happy Planting!