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These leaflets offer practical advice and information to help you with a variety of activities ranging from the use of native plants in gardening to the conservation of biodiversity.

  • Surveying Your Garden
    Practical advice for identifying the conditions in your garden before you get started in native plant gardening, whether you're starting from scratch or converting an existing garden.
  • Getting Started in Native Plant Gardening
    Practical tips for the beginner native-plant gardener.
  • Natives at Our Nurseries
    Advice on what to ask at your garden centre or nursery when buying native plants, with a view to minimizing environmental harm and protecting your investment.
  • Creating a Safe Garden for Birds
    Easy-to-implement pointers about what birds need and how you can provide it in your garden through thoughtful plotting and appropriate plant selection.

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What you design in a garden will be shaped by weather, by the processes of life, death and decay -- things that you don't have control over. Gardens are expressions of nature and culture, and they also represent what we think nature is. We have conventional ways of thinking about gardens; we tend to assume that gardens are green and the sky is blue.

- Susan Herrington

White trillium, Trillium grandiflorum S84-4772.
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The spring-blooming flowers of white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) start out white and fade to pink as the flowers age. A plant can live for at least 26 years (the age can be measured by rings on the rhizome, but rings older than 26 years are typically lost or obscured by rot). Trilliums will not flower until they are 15 years old. Population survival can be jeopardized in areas where they are heavily browsed by deer because the plants will die out after about 12 years of repeated browsing.


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