Plant Native Programs

Join us to learn more about native plants, from what we're doing here to what you can do in your own space!

Native Plant Club

Meetings are the first Thursday of every month (except December and July), 7–8:30 pm

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Are you passionate or simply curious about native plants? If so, join us as we set the foundation for sharing knowledge, supporting one another’s efforts, and helping get more native plants into the community. Whether your interests lie in native landscaping, ecosystem restoration or keeping the wild...wild, this group is for you!

All clubs require preregistration. Members free; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission). 

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Bright yellow flowers.

Native Plants 101 (Online, Self-Paced) 

Registration now open for the March 18–April 29 course!

Bring life into your outdoor space while helping the natural world! In this practical, self-paced, online course, you’ll discover the human and ecological benefits of planting native, learn about powerhouse native plants, and create a garden plan that fits your outdoor space (and personality!). From site assessment to plant choice and maintenance, this course will give you the tools you need to get started with native gardening in your backyard or community.  

Preregistration required by March 11. Member adult $40; nonmember adult $45.

Purple clover

Learn the Basics of Plant Identification  

In our zeal to create a native garden, sometimes we can do more harm than good if we start aggressively “weeding” without knowing what plants we already have. On this brief walk, we’ll help you to “see like a naturalist” and touch on strategies and tools to help identify the plants in your yard. Preregistration required. Member adult $5; nonmember adult $5 (includes daily admission). 

Small native garden.

Getting the Most Out of Your Small Native Garden   

With careful planning, you can create a small, aesthetically pleasing native garden that has great value for wildlife. Anne Cooper and Carrie Resnick of Nature’s Haven Nursery will provide their top tips for native garden planning that maximize diversity and host plants. Preregistration required. Member adult $13; nonmember adult $13 (includes daily admission). 

Mulberry berries.

Native Edible Trees and Shrubs in Your Yard 

Blending aesthetics, value for wildlife, and human food in the home landscape is entirely possible. In this class, we’ll touch on a range of edible trees and shrubs that are “good for you, good for wildlife,” as well as some “from the forest” planning and management approaches that help us work with nature. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $10 (includes daily admission). 

Backyard native garden

Using Native Plants in Your Landscape  

Using real world stories from local naturalist Carol Mundy’s native plant nursery and the work she’s done in the variety of tiny habitats in her half-acre suburban yard, Carol will highlight how she embraces the wild spirit of plants and the wildlife that use them. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $10 (includes daily admission). 

Monarch butterfly on purple aster flowers.

How to Plant a Pocket Prairie 

Saturday, April 27, 1:30–2:30 pm 

(Rescheduled from Sunday, April 21, 1–2 pm, as noted in Newsleaf)

If you’re interested in creating your own native wildflower-filled, pollinator-friendly, pocket-sized prairie in your own yard, this class is the first step. Join us as we dive into the many ways to prepare your site and plant for success. Come prepared for open discussion and a short hike. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $20 (includes daily admission). 

Lesser celandine

Battling Problem Plants  

Creating wildlife-friendly yards entails making space for native species and that means removing introduced plants. Using examples from the Nature Center’s gardens and grounds, Natural Areas Project Coordinator Carolyn Ramseur will provide tips and tricks for battling aggressive plants. Preregistration required. Member adult $10; nonmember adult $10 (includes daily admission). 

Cone flowers in garden

2024 Garden Tour: Noteworthy Natives

SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, June 22, 9 am–5 pm

Join us for Cincinnati’s premier garden tour, presented by Wimberg Landscaping Company, featuring 10 magnificent gardens that incorporate native plants in unique and creative ways.  Locations include North Avondale, Blue Ash, Loveland, and Indian Hill. Tickets go on sale March 1, 2024.