Green thumbs learn how to go native


(Posted Aug. 31, 2021)

By Pat Donahue, Staff Photographer

London High School was the place to be on Aug. 28 to get caught up on all you need to know about growing native plants. The Madison County Master Gardeners hosted a seminar during which experts talked about the benefits of growing plant and tree species that are native to Ohio.

Kathy Smith, a forestry program director with the Ohio State Cooperative Extension, speaks about Ohio’s native trees and how to promote beneficial bugs in the home landscape.
Participants in the Grow Native seminar, hosted by the Madison County Masters Gardeners on Aug. 28 at London High School, check out the pollinator-friendly plants for sale.
Jeff Johnson (left), head of Natural Areas & Preserves for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, spoke at the seminar about “GO Native,” Ohio’s new native plant initiative. Gale Martin (right) owner of Natives In Harmony, talked about the importance of protecting pollinators as a way to protect certain food sources. Here, the two take a break between their presentations among the plants Martin had for sale at the event. Martin started giving away native plants in 2008 and has since turned it into a Marengo, Ohio-based business that promotes natural, native landscaping.


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