Why Native Plants?
Native plants are best adapted to the local climate and soil types. Once native plants are established they generally need very little care. Their deep root structures prevent soil erosion, increase soil fertility and moisture-holding capacity, and filter pollution. Native plants will not threaten to take over our natural communities -- unlike some non-natives such as European
Buckthorn and Purple Loosestrife.
Native plants are used by beautiful native butterflies and insects. They also provide habitat for local wildlife, especially birds. Native plants are
becoming increasingly popular in home landscaping projects, especially in rain gardens and "Planting for Pollinators" gardens.
The Burnsville Native Plant Market
On May 21, 2016, the City will host its Second-Annual Native Plant Market as a way to encourage people to grow native plants in their yards. In addition to beautifying the community, native plants provide food for pollinators, help improve water quality, and require less care than traditional garden plants.
Go to the Native Plant Market page for more details about the event.