Wildflowers for Wildlife (Off-site at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge)

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Learn how to create a beautiful garden with colorful flowers that attract butterflies, birds and pollinating insects, and find the plants to use. Horicon National Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Center is the location for the 2023 Wildflowers for Wildlife event Saturday, May 20 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The refuge visitor center is located off County Road Z about 3.5 miles south of State Highway 49.

The 10th annual “Wildflowers for Wildlife: enhancing your own backyard” is sponsored by the Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center and Friends of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. They have partnered with Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries and RES for a native plant sale that will help enhance your backyard, schoolyard, park or natural area and in turn, benefit wildlife.

Why native plants? Native landscaping restores ecosystems that once covered the Midwestern landscape but are now reduced to small parcels. Once native plants are restored, the birds, mammals, reptiles and beneficial insects return too. Native plants also enrich the soil, decrease run-off and filter pollution. In the long run, native landscaping can save money annually in maintenance costs. Native plants have evolved to thrive in a local environment, which means less watering, fertilizer and time. Experts will be on hand to answer all of your questions!

Native landscapes offer hands-on opportunities for people of all ages to learn about habitats and ecosystems. A native landscape also provides the ideal setting for bird and butterfly watching, photography and nature walks.

Native plants are available for pre-order until March 31, 2023. The form is at: 2023 Wildflowers for Wildlife pre-order form

Information on native plants can be found here.  Native Plant Info

Individual plants will be $3 and mix and match flats $72 the day of the sale. For more information about plants, terlf9@gmail.com or by phone at (920) 923-6891 and 920-387-7893 for the event.

The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located between Horicon and Mayville on Highway 28. For a detailed list of all Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center special events, please visit the Friends of Horicon Marsh website at www.horiconmarsh.org [EXIT DNR].

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