Michigan Flowers: Incognito On Campus

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British Soldier Flowers, Found Native In Michigan
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“winter | Photo Nature Blog | Page 2.” Photo Nature Blog | Nature and Outdoor Photography by Jeffrey Foltice. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 June 2013.

On a search to answer last week’s question of why there aren’t any native flowers planted on campus, I went on a search to find Ms. Holly, the person in charge with planting flowers at WCC. I was unable to find Holly through out the week, and the question is still running through my mind. Wouldn’t the native flowers be easier to manage on compared to the planted ones, since the environment here is where they naturally thrive? I assume that they would require less maintenance from faculty than the planted flowers on campus. Perennials native to Michigan are of the top 10 easiest flowers to manage in our state.Native plants also require less water use and need for pesticides, a beneficial thing to both the campus and the environment.
For decorative purposes, the bright yellow and red flowers planted around campus definitely are pleasing to the eye. But aren’t there native plants that are just as beautiful? I think a great idea would be to plant these beautiful native plants around campus, especially around the LA building, where science classes are held. It would allow for some in depth observations and studying for students in environmental science classes, and would provide some great contrast to the planted flowers in front of the student center.

Sources;
“Native plants for Michigan landscapes: Part 1 – Trees | MSU Extension.” MSU Extension. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 June 2013. <http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/native_p 

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  1. A few years ago, the college planted a native garden outside of the ML building. For what reason it was mowed down and returned to a monoculture of grass I can’t say. You might contact Emily Thompson or Dale Petty of the Environmental committee on campus to see about a native garden installation. It could even be paired with a “rain garden” which assists in trapping rain water and preventing it from running off into the storm sewers. Native plants also provide habitat and food for various insects, birds, and other wildlife. By the way, about 80% of the flowers in the United States are “non native” and were brought over primarily from England.

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