Why should we include native plants in our landscaping?
How do we replace what’s gone with habitat to support the beautiful web of plants, animals, birds, butterflies, and pollinators that can exist in no other place but Acadiana?
Whether you want to landscape an entire property from scratch, add to an existing garden, or tiptoe into natives by planting a tiny prairie pocket garden, ANPP can help you choose the right native trees, shrubs, and plants, find natives at nurseries, and learn to propagate them yourself.
With his book Bringing Nature Home, writer Douglas Tallamy is often credited with sparking national interest in planting and replanting our cities and suburbs with natives in patterns that mimic natural plant communities to support wildlife, but Louisiana has been home for decades to some of the earliest and most respected voices of the American native plant movement. Those voices include great naturalists like Caroline Dormon and Bill Fontenot, and experts like Charles Allen, Malcolm Vidrine, Larry Allain, and Marc Pastorek who made preservation and restoration of our natural landscapes and native species their life’s work. Their blogs and publications are must-reads, with levels of helpful detail this website can’t approach. We always share notices of their public talks and workshops.