Thank you Robert Pelant and Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship for providing some beautiful examples of native PNW prairie plants!
At Cascadia Heritage Farm we have a mission to educate under our program Cascadia Heritage ARK, biodiversity yard by yard.
The ARK is working to establish an educational prairie garden focused on the importance of native plants. This project was inspired in part by Doug Tallamy, Co-Founder Homegrown National Park. Douglas Tallamy speaks about the important link between native plant species and native wildlife. Native insects cannot, or will not, eat non native plants. When native plants disappear, the insects will also disappear because they lost their food source. This leads to impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals jeopardizing their survival.
The ARK project believes biodiversity can be supported in our backyards and farmyards. We hope our native prairie garden can encourage others to plant similar gardens.
Viggo and I are very thankful and appreciative that Robert provided us with these beauties. The bulbs are like little gems. We prepared our raised beds, planted them and we will see what comes up in Spring. We planted:
Eriophyllum lanatum – woolly sunflower
Erigeron speciosus – showy daisy
Achillea millefolium – yarrow
Armeria maritima – sea thrift
Symphyotrichum chilense – pacific aster
Festuca roemeri- fescue
Solidago missouriensis – missouri goldenrod
Fritillaria affinis – chocolate lily
Camassia quamash – camas
Brodiaea coronaria – harvest brodiaea
Thank you Robert and PRI for the wonderful job of inspiring hope for optimistic problem solving and for your heroic prairie preservation efforts. What you do matters!