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Videos Offer Local Advice on Native Plants and Earth-friendly Gardening

Monday, March 29, 2021
Piedmont Barbara’s buttons (white), purple small’s beardtongue and golden Alexanders are native plants that thrive in sunny areas.

Thinking of digging into a new gardening project this spring? Consider watching three new local videos before you get started.  

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Program has collaborated with the Hillsborough Public Space Division to create instructional videos on native plants, edible landscaping and rain gardens. In about 12 minutes, each video covers the benefits of the project, how to get started and annual maintenance.

“The videos produced by Master Gardener volunteers are an incredible resource for the community to learn more about sustainable landscape practices,” Public Space Manager Stephanie Trueblood said. “The videos show that making small changes at home can make a big difference to native pollinators and wildlife.”

Two of the videos note that the Town of Hillsborough has an ordinance specifically allowing managed natural landscaping. The ordinance is intended to encourage Hillsborough residents to convert lawns to managed landscape areas, which provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing mowing. Read more about the ordinance on the town’s Environmental Initiatives page.

Visit the town’s YouTube channel to view the instructional videos. See the Environmental Initiatives playlist.

Related documents

Document Edible landscaping fact sheet  

Document Native plants fact sheet  

Document Rain gardens fact sheet  

Document Managed natural landscapes ordinance