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You can reverse the population decline of native bees, butterflies, birds and wildlife – it starts in your own yard!

Wild Ones promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Creating a landscape with beautiful, easy-care native plants is easier than you think. Adding native plants, shrubs, and trees to your garden provides food, shelter, and habitat for birds and beneficial insects. Removing invasive plants, reducing lawn size, and using natural care also helps heal the earth. Even small changes can make a difference. You can do it, and South Bend Wild Ones can help.

What is a Native Plant?

A native plant is a species that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem and/or habitat. Indiana’s gorgeous native species have lived here thousands of years and they are our heritage.

You’ll Love Growing Native Plants!

Not only do native plants contribute to biodiversity, they flourish without fertilizers or pesticides and rarely need watering. Because of their deep roots, they absorb and filter excess rainfall—helping to provide clean water for everyone. Native plants help us celebrate the things that make our region unique, and teach us about the world of nature. Bring the tranquility, peace, curiosity,  and connection you find in nature into your life by means of your immediate environment. I bet you’ll make some friends along the way…