Do you like birds? Then you’ll want a host of caterpillars hanging around your house. Do you like to grow veggies? Then you’ll need a few bees in your neighborhood.
Here in the U.S., we have a long history of importing plants from distant lands. Some to eat. Some for their looks. The problem is that these exotic plants and our vast expanses of lawn don’t support our bees, birds, butterflies or other wildlife.
Learn about "going native" from the experts at Hill House Farm & Nursery who will be joining us at the festival. Buy plants and chat with the Hill House folks all day, but don't miss their talk at 4:30 if you want to learn how to get started on your own native plant garden. (You might even go home with a free plant from our raffle at the talk!)
"Our gardens, like our lives, are on a journey—they evolve, change and grow just as we do," says Hill House owner Janet Davis. "Before, we were satisfied to fill our gardens with any plant that had a certain aesthetic quality, keeping our landscape tidy and overly maintained."
"Somewhere along the way, we discovered a connection between the native plants in our gardens and an increasing abundance of life—more butterflies, hummingbirds and other delightful critters," she explains. "Now, we know that native plants offer more than just a 'pretty face'; they support a whole ecosystem around us—a habitat diversity unmatched by the exotic plants that previously filled our gardens."
Hill House Farm & Nursery invites you to join them on the journey toward creating more ecological and sustainable landscapes.
Round Hill AT: Join us in bringing together local friends and family to get outside. Let’s discover our amazing backyards — from national treasures like the Appalachian Trail to new local and regional parks.