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ReImagine Native Urban Garden Stewardship Program

 Garden Stewardship Program

Native Urban Garden Stewardship Program is a local initiative that proves materials, resources, and education with the hope to create a biodiverse network of backyard habitats to benefit humans, wildlife, and help heal the local ecosystem, provide food and habitat to species on the brink of extinction like the Monarch butterfly, Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee, and the Sedge Wren.

 

By creating a network of habitats for these and other species in need, native plant gardening becomes a life-supporting activity in urban and suburban areas where food and shelter are otherwise becoming scarce.

 

Adding native plants into your yard can create an oasis/sanctuary for these pollinators by providing backyard habitat with food and shelter for butterflies, bees, lizards, frogs, and birds.

 

What are the benefits of a native garden?

 

  • Low maintenance

  • Saves water

  • Beautiful flowers and interesting foliage

  • Can improve urban landscaping 

    • Reduce water runoff, help clean and store water underground

    • Appropriate for all PA land types, including clay

    • Appropriate for all PA weather, including wet areas, dry areas, and everything in between

  • No fertilizer, no pesticides

  • Sustainable solution over burdensome lawns

  • Preserve biodiversity, native plants produce beautiful flowers

  • Restore natural habitats that support local pollinating wildlife

 

NUGS focuses on promoting a more sustainable and viable future for communities by providing native plant gardens that can benefit human health, the community, and the ecosystem. 

Are you interested in receiving a FREE Native Pollinator Garden?

Photo by Kelly Strope via Acadia Natives

Photo by Kelly Strope via Acadia Natives

Photo by Kelly Strope via Acadia Natives

Native Urban Garden Stewardship program provides:

  • One or two 4’x6’ perennial flower bed(s) with organic compost

  • Native plants and seeds appropriate for your site, tailored to your soil type, sun, and moisture conditions

  • Basic gardening tool kit 

  • Hands-on education and printed resources

  • Follow-up visits to answer questions and guide gardeners

  • A contact to answer questions during business hours

 

 

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS October 3rd, 2022.

 

If you are interested in volunteering or joining our planning committee, let us know! Please contact us at reimaginenugs@gmail.com with any questions.

How we are doing it:

 

Our program works with participants and spans 2 years. Each year, NUGS provides resources and plenty of hands-on education for planting, watering, sustainable land management, and more. Each visit is tailored to each household’s specific needs.

To get started, first-year gardeners participate in (1) a site assessment where we assess the outdoor area, collect soil samples, and go over details about how our program works, (2) physical installation of the garden beds. Don’t worry, we have volunteers to help with the heavy stuff!  (3) Planting seeds and plants. Don’t fret, we have Master Gardeners and friendly volunteers to guide you! (4) We also provide check-ins throughout the seasons to help our gardeners stay focused and learning at each stage.

Second year gardeners receive focused education with our Master Gardeners and volunteers to get the most out of their native habitat garden. Site visits may be less frequent as gardeners become more confident and demonstrate good gardening practices.

Photo by Kelly Strope via Acadia Natives

Photo by Kelly Strope via Acadia Natives

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Photo by Kelly Strope via Acadia Natives

Photo by Kelly Strope via Acadia Natives

Photo by Kelly Strope via Acadia Natives

Learn more about the Reimagine TCWAC effort by visiting the Reimagine TCWAC page on Facebook or emailing reimaginetcwac@gmail.com

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