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Native Plant Garden at Downtown Library

Native Plant GardenAn Alton Community Service League Beautification Grant was awarded to Hayner Library to plant the flower boxes in front of the Downtown Library. With this generous gift, Hayner Library has planted native wildflowers in the two beds by the Downtown Library entrance.

Native wildflowers that grow well in our area and do well in part sun were selected for the location. You will see various wildflowers that offer different bloom times from April to September. If you are looking for flowers that do well in part sun, you might want to try these native perennials in your garden. Look for the Wild OnesĀ® plant list posted in the garden to learn more about these plants. Also, a plant list is available inside the library along with related books on the subject of native plants.

Why plant native plants? Native plants are adapted to our climate and soils, and once established, they require very little maintenance. They provide caterpillars and other beneficial insects for nesting birds, as well as vital food for butterflies and pollinators. Natives live longer than non-native species and are naturally resistant to drought, pests, and disease.

Hayner Library is doing its part to promote biodiversity by increasing conservation awareness of native plants and their effective use in urban landscapes. So try a few natives in your garden.

The birds will love it, and so will you!

Click here to view photos of our native plant garden on Facebook.