Native Plants and Rain Gardens

People planning flower gardens have good reasons for adding lots of native plants to their beds, borders and rain gardens. Plants that are native to this part of the country are well-suited to the soil types, temperature range, and water table. Natives support important pollinators and thrive through wet and dry conditions.

Learn about native plants, pollinators, and rain gardens through TMACOG’s Clear Choices Clean Water program.

There are many opportunities to acquire seeds or buy plants during May. Here are some of many venues in the TMACOG and Wild Ones Oak Opening Region. https://wildonesoakopenings.org/

Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District Spring Plant Sale
May 3: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., 130 West Dudley St., Maumee (419.893.1966). Native perennial/tree sale at the Backyard Conservation Open House. Visit https://www.lucasswcd.org/tree-shrub-garden-sale.html for information and order forms.

The Toledo Zoo: Wild Toledo: Perrysburg Farmers Market
Thursdays from May 9-October 10: 3-8 p.m.; downtown Perrysburg. ryan.walsh@toledozoo.org.

TPS Natural Resource Technology Center
May 10-12: Fri: 12:30–6 p.m.; Sat: 10 a.m.-4 p.m; Sun: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5561 Elmer Dr., Toledo.Spring plant sale of student-grown natives from local sources. lschette@tps.org

Wood County Parks Friends Plant Sale
May 11: 10 a.m. –2 p.m. at the garage behind Wood County Park District Headquarters, 18729 Mercer Rd., Bowling Green (419-353-1897); office@wcparks.org. Also available at Bowling Green Farmers Market, Wednesdays from May 22-June 12.

Blue Week Native Plant Sale:
May 18-19: 10 a.m. -4 p.m. or while supplies last. Secor Metropark, 10001 W. Central Ave., Berkey. Cash only $5 perennials, $8 shrubs. www.oakopenings.org/blue-week/.

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