Woodland transition zone

Asked October 1, 2017, 12:42 PM EDT

Live next to a wooded section where Current project is removal of buckthorn bushes. This removal will open up a sunnier Glade area, approx 1/4 acre of our yard butting up to the woods. I would like to introduce hardy mix of wild flowers and bushes. Is there a place to actually see native grasses, bushes and flowers and then buy them?

Hennepin County Minnesota wildflowers and native plants forest restoration forest invasive species buckthorn transitional planting

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Thanks for your question. Please keep in mind that the buckthorn removal will be a multi year, on-going effort as the seed bank and regenerative roots in the soil are slowly depleted. Of course that effort can occur alongside your planned introduction/transition to new native species.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is an excellent place to see native plants in a range of restored/preserved and undisturbed remnant settings - including varyingly shaded forest under-story, partly sunny woodland glade, more open Oak Savannah, upland prairie as well as wetland variations on the same themes.

For help with design, plant selection and planning here are some reading resources:

https://www.greatrivergreening.org/resources/native-plan-communities/

as well as one upcoming event that may interest you next spring:

http://www.designwithnatureconference.org/

There are also many native plant organizations and commercial nurseries specializing exclusively in natives that can help with aquiring plants and seeds by trade or purchase. Here volunteer experts or on staff restorationists and landscape designers/consultants, can take you on guided field trips or tour display restoration gardens.

Here's one list:

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/gardens/nativeplants/suppliers.html