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The Backyard Naturalists podcasts is geared toward nature lovers of all kinds, from beginners to those with more experience. We have a very diverse lineup of topics planned for you, such as  what you can do in your own yard to enhance the habitat for the creatures who live there, participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count as a citizen scientist, using native plants, which snakes live in our area,  how to attract specific birds, common and uncommon raptors in the greater Charlotte region, spring and fall migration season for birds, plants for butterflies and much more!

Mar 26, 2022

Last week, The Backyard Naturalists kicked off a 2-part series on Native Plants with our, “go-to guru”, Lisa Tompkins of Carolina Heritage Nursery. Lisa, along with our hosts Debbie and Laurie, shared with us their thoughts and ideas around the benefits of including native plants in your natural wildlife habitat. They even shared a few of their favorites for both shade and sun.

This week, we receive a wealth of information about various guides, websites, resources and books on native plants. We learn where we can go for information, names, ideas and lists of native plants.

A great place to begin is the NC Cooperative Extension, NC Plant Toolbox. It “contains detailed descriptions and photographs of 4,620 plants that grow in and around North Carolina.” You might also want to check out the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.

During the episode, Lisa mentions the importance of learning the botanical of native plants for your area and the USDA Plants database is a phenomenal resource.

If  you’re interested in a few local native plant sales in the greater Charlotte region, here’s a short list of a few upcoming events:

Several times in this episode, Dr. Larry Mellichamp is mentioned and is credited as being an invaluable resource for native plants, especially in and around North and South Carolina. Please click here to be taken to his bio which offers details on his current position, background and professional experience.

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