LABELLE -- When it comes to living in South Florida, there are numerous advantages to planting native plants. From attracting and feeding wildlife and helping to conserve water, to having fewer pest issues, native plants are prefect for areas with poor soils found in this area. They also often require less fertilizer and pesticides, and sometimes none at all. A wide range of native plants can be utilized, from vines and groundcovers to shrubs, trees, and palms.
The Hendry-Glades Audubon Society recently held their monthly chapter presentation for members to learn about the many benefits of having native plants in their yards and gardens.
During the presentation, Kavin Carter, lead ranger for the US Army Corps of Engineers at the South Florida Operations Office, discussed a variety of plants that are native to our unique south Florida environment and their benefits to the environment, plants, and insects.
Some of the most common native plants found in the area include beautyberry, muhly grass, coontie, and Southern magnolia. Gardeners can find these native plants, and more, at local nurseries. Be sure to ask what native plants would do well in the conditions that exist in your landscape. The plants you choose will thrive when they're planted in the right place.
“It was our first time attending a Hendry-Glades Audubon event, and it was wonderful,” said Sue Wetzel, a long time bird watching enthusiast and new LaBelle resident. “We learned so much. Our garden is getting a facelift, as we add native plants and shrubs. We hope to attract lots of birds and butterflies when we are done.”
Margaret England, Vice President of Hendry-Glades Audubon, encouraged those interested to register for upcoming Project WILD virtual workshops. Visit the calendar to see dates and times.
For more information about the Hendry-Glades Audubon Society visit their website: http://www.hendrygladesaudubon.org/