Resources & Downloads
Michigan Native Plant Garden Guide
Landscaping to Maintain Natural Shorelines
If your property lies along a shoreline, this guide from the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership is an excellent resource for restoring and maintaining native ecology: Natural Shoreline Landscapes on Michigan's Inland Lakes
Alternatives to RoundUp
Now that RoundUp will no longer be availble non commercially beginning 2023, we found this FREE handi-guide (Alternatives to RoundUp) at ConsumersNotice.org. https://www.consumernotice.org/environmental/pesticides/roundup/
More Educational Resources and Advocacy Organizations for Pollinators
and Habitat Restoration
Cohen, Josh, Michael A. Kost, Bradford S. Slaughter and Dennis A. Albert. Field Guide to the Natural Communities of Michigan. East Lansing, MI: MSU Press, 2014.
Dziedzic, Brenda. Raising Butterflies in the Garden. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books, 2019.
Holm, Heather. Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants. Minnetonka, MN: Pollinator Press, 2014. (link includes other publications and resources by Holm)
Steiner, Lynn. Landscaping with Native Plants of Michigan. Voyageur Press, 2006
Steiner, Lynn and Robert W. Domm. Rain Gardens: Sustainable Landscaping for a Beautiful Yard and a Healthy World. Voyageur Press, 2012
Tallamy, Douglas W. Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants. Timber Press, 2009. (link also shows other Tallamy books)
A bunch of great sources for native plants for garden projects!
Why pollinators and the Monarch butterfly need our help; the Rochester Pollinators' mission.
A list of 18 pollinator plants with heights, sun and water needs perfect for your home garden!
A great source for locating plants that are the best for your area on his website.
Original starter pollinator garden layout.
Various garden plans based on your space, sun and soil type.
A list of preferred nectar rich pollinator annuals.
Information about garden essentials to support wildlife, examples of gardens and how to certify your garden as a "certified wildlife habitat"
Presentation: Saving Our Pollinators by Saving Their Natural Resources
by Marilyn Trent and Valerie Malaney at the Southfield Public Library, Garden Guru Series, Spring 2022. Video production by Southfield Cable 15
Part 1: Why We Are Losing Our Pollinators and Birds (18:53)
Part 2: Who Are Our Pollinators? (17:35)
Part 3: How to Plant a Pollinator Garden (22:18)
Presentation: Nature's Best Hope: Conservation Starts in Your Own Backyard
Well worth watching! It's informative, interesting and inspiring. Presented by Doug Tallamy, the founder of the Backyard Pollinator Plant Movement
Links to Other Resources:Creating Pollinator Gardens: Flower Fragrances to Attract Pollinators
This website from a perfume company has a ton of great information and resources on pollinator gardens. Shared with us from a Rochester Pollinator friend: Casey :-)
Explore and share your observation of the natural world.
A great overview of pollinators, including kinds of pollinators, why they are important, the challenges that threaten them, what we can do.
Part of the NWF Schoolyard Habitiat Program: "To help reconnect today's children to the outdoors, the National Wildlife Federation assists schools in developing outdoor classrooms called Schoolyard Habitats®, where educators and students learn how to attract and support local wildlife."
A Comprehensive Guide to Move Beyond Flowers and Create Overwintering Habitat in Your Landscaping
Put your garden on the Map! This is a program led by Doug Tallamy.
Join others across the nation by adding your pollinator garden on the map. They do not ask for personal information—only location and size.
Heather Holm's resource on Creating Soft Landings underneath native trees, especially Oak Trees, which is crucial to so many butterflies, moths and more.
Great Local Pollinator Support Organizations You Can Join:
Have fun and make new friends while learning about Michigan native plants, shrubs and trees.
A local group to join in educating and promoting the benefit and use of Michigan native plants. They have local speakers and organize field trips to nearby locations, including parks and members’ homes.
This is a member-based non-profit organization formed in 1986. In other words, we are a bunch of enthusiastic volunteers! "Our mission is to encourage the preservation and restoration of Michigan's native plants and native plant communities"
This is a wonderfully written and informative blog by Cam Mannino about the beautiful Oakland Townships green spaces that are publicly owned.
Other Important Organizations:
International organization advocating for insects
Extensive Monarch advocacy and education
Their mission is "to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research."
If you know of any great resources that we ought to include here,