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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 S84-4770.
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Populations of white trilliums (Trillium grandiflorum) do not expand rapidly because the seeds are dispersed over small distances by insects and mammals. When the berry-like capsules are mature, they open and slowly discharge their seeds. Attracted by an oily appendage on the seeds, ants take the seeds to their nests. Mammals such as chipmunks that take the fruit thereby also help disperse the seeds. Common yellow jacket wasps also consume the fruit, so they may be a secondary agent of dispersal.


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