DC Backyard Habitat-Native plant landscaping workshop
Yesterday I went to a DC Department of Environment workshop on backyard habitats, native plant landscaping. It was very good. A lot of information on why native plants are superior in terms of providing food and cover for native insects and wildlife. We planted some in demonstration plots at the Girard Street Park in Columbia Heights, and even got to take some plants home.
The first year we were here--they don't flower til October--I thought they were weeds, and pulled them. Then we learned while touring the grounds of Winterthur that they were "asters," native plants, which run rampant on the meadows there.