In our society many people are familiar with native plants; unfortunately, those native
plants will be pictured in the context of either being used in native prairies and other wild
restoration projects or simply as out of control weeds. Many of today’s landscapes are highly
manicured and require large amounts of manpower, water, chemicals and fertilizers in order to
maintain them. Through educational presentations to various groups, I want to make people
aware of the possibilities of using native plants in the modern landscape. By being used in this
manner, native plants can offer many benefits to the individual homeowner as well as for the
environment’s stability and the Earth’s sustainability.