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Wild Ones Plaque

By Lisa Brunette

We received our third conservation award this summer - this time from the organization Wild Ones, which promotes native plant gardening. They've designated our yard a Native Plant Butterfly Garden. We're now part of a network of gardens providing needed habitat for butterflies across the United States. 

We prequalified for this certification because of our status as a Monarch Waystation, and what paved the way for us in both certification processes was the tremendous work we put in to achieve platinum status in the St. Louis Audubon Society's Bring Conservation Home program.

3 Garden Plaques

As a certified Wild Ones butterfly garden, we're also part of the National Pollinator Garden Network, which grew to one million strong by March of 2019. 

We've been members of the St. Louis chapter of Wild Ones for a few years now, and we were excited to see it grow to become the largest chapter in the country this past year, with 300 active members. While the St. Louis Audubon Society set us firmly on the path toward native plant gardening through its wonderful Bring Conservation Home program, Wild Ones has been an inspiration, with its monthly tours of member gardens, as well as a source of seeds and plants, through both sales and generous member donations.

While we certainly have put in years of sweat equity into our pollinator paradise, we simply could not have done it without the support of these organizations and the many volunteers and supporters who make them successful.

Monarch on Sedum