Native Plant Societies
For people who are interested in native plants and how to grow them, some of the best sources of information are the native plant societies in individual states. These groups provide a good source of information about suitable plants for a relatively localized area, as well as opportunities to meet other gardeners and be active in preservation. An easy way to find the native plant society for your state is to go to the association list on the North American Native Plant Society Web site. The list includes addresses and Web links.
Clever Gardening Technique
Mail It In
If you have a large garden or just get weary of running to and fro from where your tools and supplies are stored, consider placing mailboxes around the garden at strategic locations and filling them with those items you use most or wish you had at hand. You can place the traditional long, round-topped box on a short 4x4 set into the ground, or attach the flat, porch-type box to a fence or wall. Keeping a trowel, notebook and pen, or other paraphernalia handy can be a real time and energy saver, plus you'll be more likely to keep the garden in tip-top shape.