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“Fridley will look like its own city vs. Anywhere USA,” Qualley said. “When you have a population of native plants, you look like your own unique region.”
And natives are not as fussy as people think, she said.
“There is a mystique about native plants that they will be touchy and expensive. Instead they are well suited to the area and available in sizes that are surprisingly affordable,” Qualley said. “It’s not just homeowners who can do this. Churches and businesses can, too.”
Sometimes people associate native planting with a more messy look. Landscape design can create a wide continuum of styles from wild flower garden to a more polished look.
“The design of these native gardens can meet the maintenance and aesthetics requirements of the homeowner. They can look manicured. They can look really beautiful, “ said Jessica Bromelkamp, Rice Creek Watershed education outreach and communication coordinator. “They can be really low maintenance.”
Shannon Prather • 612-673-4804