National Wildlife Federation interviews Dave Whitinger: So glad you are talking about Native plants and Pollinators!

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
May 26, 2017 2:50 PM CST
I have felt many times that the emphasis on this site has been toward exotic plants.
There is nothing wrong with exotics, unless they end up replacing our native plants which our wildlife need for survival.
We need to remember that we are loosing our natural areas to construction and cultivation, so it is very important that we try to make up for the loss of habitat in the wild.
You and your family and many others are doing a great job of conservation but we need more people to join us in this effort. Smiling
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
May 26, 2017 3:41 PM CST

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Josephine, have you seen the National Pollinator Garden Network? NGA co-founded that in 2015 along with about 8 other organizations.

In June we will be hosting the national pollinator week and NGA is going to explode with pollinator activity. We're preparing a special area of the site for the celebration, and we'll be encouraging all visitors and members to plant for pollinators, and to register their pollinator gardens on a special map that counts all pollinator gardens in north america.

Our goal is to get 1 million gardens registered as pollinator gardens. We call it the Million Pollinator Gardens Challenge.
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
May 26, 2017 4:23 PM CST
Yesterday I saw a couple Monarchs flittering around on the Greggs Mistflower that Josephine gave me several years ago. I have her to thank for teaching me about native perennials. Of course I still have a lot to learn, but it's nice to see the fruits of what she's taught me. (No, not growing any fruit trees. Just bushes with berries for the birds.)

I've also seen a lot of bees in my perennial bed but haven't learned to identify them yet.
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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nativeplantlover
May 26, 2017 6:28 PM CST
I'm really excited to know about the week in June dedicated to pollinators!! I always loved to garden, but didn't know how much I didn't know.
A couple years ago by chance, I found a small place to buy flowers, herbs, etc. It's typical here in Lancaster County to see many of them usually run out of a Mennonite or Amish farm. I was really happy to find something more unusual like: Culver's root, Golden Alexanders, and Nodding Onion. I knew about Joe Pye weed, and Swamp Milkweed and had several planted but didn't know these were "Native" plants.
Once I got on the internet I discovered a universe of information! I registered my gardens with the National Wildlife Federation after a 20 year absence, and found the Xerces Society, Pollinator.org, Beyond Pesticides.org, the Million Pollinator Garden site, and a book that really opened my eyes the rest of the way--"Bringing Nature Home"
Like Dave, I grew up on Ranger Rick. My family always had Rodale's Organic Gardening magazine in the bathroom to read Whistling In 3 summers, I've kinda taken all this info and ran with it and planted gardens in places that were previously chemically treated turf grass for several neighbors. My own gardens and that of my fiancee several doors away have exploded; we're a bit obsessed now, but it's a good thing!

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"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Birds Cat Lover
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frostweed
May 26, 2017 8:37 PM CST
Keep on and be obsessed it is a good thing. Hurray!

@Dave, I am so excited about he good things happening here, thank you for all the good work you do. Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.

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