Natalie Gertz-Young, the Education/Information Coordinator at Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District, explains what is lost when we use non-native plants in our lawns and gardens. Then she recommends native flowers, ground covers, grasses, sedges, ferns, shrubs, and trees of all sizes that you can plant in your yard to support local wildlife and help with stormwater absorption.

Two more tips for any green thumbs out there:

1. Did you know that you can get free veggie, flower, and herb seeds from our Seed Library? Check out our collection  the next time you visit our Main Branch. Borrow up to 15 packets of seeds per season.

2. You should also check out the special collection from Holden Forests & Gardens’ Corning Library available at our Main Branch. In addition to a gorgeous arboretum in Kirtland, Holden also has a spectacular collection of gardening, horticulture, environmental and botany books at Corning Library within its arboretum.

Dozens of Corning Library’s books are now available to borrow at our Main Branch. Thanks to a partnership between libraries, you can use your cards to check out books from this special collection. Our typical lending rules apply.