Project NATIvE is dedicated to preventing the spread of invasive species and promoting the use of native plants in gardens and landscaping.

Native plant species play an important role in sustaining wildlife and shaping the natural beauty of Northern Michigan. They thrive in the region’s climate and soil, requiring less water and upkeep. They provide habitat and nutrients for wildlife like the birds that forage from plants like the black chokecherry (Aronia melanocarpa) that produce fruit through the winter months. While native plants support the local ecosystem, invasive plants pose a major threat by crowding out the plants that animals and insects rely on for food and shelter throughout the year. Invasive plants can also spread quickly, altering valued landscapes and ecosystems.

Find Native Plants Near You

These nurseries are committed Project NATIvE members that provide a wide variety of native plants to meet your gardening and landscaping needs. Other organizations listed are committed Project NATIvE members who are using native plants in their landscaping projects.

Click on the map to find the one closest to you.

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Become a Member

Join Project NATIvE and become a leader in the fight against invasive species. This program is free and voluntary for nurseries, landscapers, groups and individuals.

As a Project NATIvE member, we ask that you commit to one of the following:

For individuals or groups:

  • Reduce the use of invasive species in your garden or landscaping
  • Discontinue the purchase of high priority invasive plants
  • Increase the use of native plants in your group or individual garden or landscape
For nurseries and landscapers:

  • Discontinue the sale of high priority invasive plants
  • Increase the availability of native plants in your group or individual garden or landscape

As a Project NATIvE member, you will receive the following benefits:

For individuals or groups:

  • Promotion of your effort on Huron Pines’ social media and outreach materials
  • Educational materials such as Plan Before You Plant booklets
  • Promotional materials such as decals, yard signs or door signs
  • Tailored presentations and training for your members
For nurseries and landscapers:

  • Promotion of your business on Huron Pines’ social media and outreach materials
  • Educational materials for your customers and employees such as Plan Before You Plant booklets
  • Promotional materials such as decals, yard signs or door signs
  • Tailored presentations and training for your employees

To become a Project NATIvE member, please contact us at invasives@huronpines.org or (989) 448-2293.

Project NATIvE is a program of Huron Pines and the Northeast Michigan Cooperative Weed Management Area and its partners. This project was funded in part by the U.S. Forest Service and the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program through the Departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development.


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For a list of native plant nurseries in Northwest Michigan, visit our partners at Go Beyond Beauty.

Learn More

Example Planting Alternatives: The native plant alternatives were chosen based on similar color, size, moisture needs and ability to provide a food source for wildlife.

Plant This
Ninebark

Bonset

Indiangrass

Trumpet Honeysuckle

Sugar Maple
Not That
Japanese Barberry

Baby’s Breath

Japanese Ribbon grass

Oriental Bittersweet

Norway Maple


Photo credits:
Photo:”Ninebark” by Lenora Enking Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo: “Japanese Barberry” by Kristine Paulus Liscenced by CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo: “ Bonset” by Nonenmac Licensed by CC-BY-SA 4.0
Photo: “ Indiangrass” by Friends of prairie Learning Center and Neil Smith NWR Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo: “ Japanese ribbon grass” by Miya.m Licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0
Photo: “ Trumpet Honeysuckle” by Sanjay Archarya Licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0
Photo: “Oriental Bittersweet” by Soap Licensed by CC By-SA 4.0
Photo: “ Sugar Maple” by James st. john Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo: “ Norway Maple” by Jonathan Billinger Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0