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Date: 2009-09-23 09:08
Subject: Garden Photos
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Tags:gardening, michigan, native plants, photography
A stranger sent me email asking for photos of native gardens to show to a boy scout considering planting a native garden as a part of his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. Just in case any of you care about native plants (particularly those native to Michigan), I posted three galleries of photos up on flickr.

Three photos of my wild backyard can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29859429@N07/sets/72157622439101050/

Someone else in my subdivision is interested in native plants, as attested by these three photos of their front yard: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29859429@N07/sets/72157622438823432/

And lastly, a larger gallery containing photos of the Detroit Zoo's Demonstration Suburban Backyard and their Monarch Butterfly Garden: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29859429@N07/sets/72157622314416471/
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User: mbcrui
Date: 2009-09-23 16:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Any recommendations about where to get native plants or what the plants are?
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User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2009-09-24 01:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
For the where, I'm partial to Prairie Nursery and Ion Exchange. American Roots in Ortonville is another great source, but as far as I know they aren't on the web.

As for what to get, well, for Southeast Michigan, there's a fairly comprehensive list here. For other regions, I'd consult with The Wild Ones, The DNR, and The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. I'd also take a look at the 1800 Vegetation Map for my county (http://web4.msue.msu.edu/mnfi/data/veg1800.cfm).

If you're looking for a book, I like the Revised Edition of the Michigan Gardener's Guide.
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Maia C
User: maiac
Date: 2009-09-23 17:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You have a lovely garden!

Whenever I go to the Zoo (which is frequently, being only a mile away), I always walk the "back yard" path. It's sheltered and quiet, and it's always fun to see the chipmunks and birds back there.
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User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2009-09-24 01:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, their backyard is also one of my favorite walks.
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User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2009-09-24 01:26 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Beautiful!
Thank you!
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