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Sustainable landscaping saves work, resources

• Sustainable landscaping workshops:

— 3 p.m. Saturday in the Red Room at the Fort Wayne Home Garden Show at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Show admission is $10, adults; $6, ages 62 and older; and free, ages 14 and younger.

— 6:30 p.m. April 6, Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. Free.

— 1 p.m. April 18, Allen County office of Purdue Cooperative Extension, 4001 Crescent Ave. Free.

• Landscaping with native plants: This page on the Indiana Native Plant Wildflower Society website has a wheelbarrow load of tips for landscaping with native plants, including what plants to use and where where you can buy them in the Fort Wayne area.

• Rain gardens: The City of Fort Wayne’s website offers all of the information you need to plan, plant and maintain a rain garden, which helps collect rain and prevents it from rushing into storm sewers. The city plans to hold a series of workshops on how to plan, install and maintain a rain garden. The first workshop is 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 7 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 W. Berry St.

• Plant help and information:, or 481-6826. The Allen County office of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service has a wide array of information and a plant Help Line staffed by local Master Gardeners. The Display Gardens around the office, 4001 Crescent Ave. on the IPFW campus, also showcase various plants and types of gardens. The extension office also has started a Sustainable Green Home or Neighborhood program to help people develop sustainable landscapes and to recognize those efforts.

Picking plants

You can choose from a wide variety of native plants when transforming your yard into a sustainable landscape. They include:

• Perennials: Nodding onion, blue star willow, columbine, marsh milkweed, butterfly weed, false blue indigo, shooting star, purple coneflower, joe-pye weed, wild geranium, swamp rose mallow, prairie blazing star, sundrops, garden phlox, aromatic aster and zigzag goldenrod.

• Grasses: Sideoats gramma, riverbank tussock sedge, blue-eyed grass and prairie dropseed.

• Trees and shrubs: Serviceberry, redbud, hawthorn, smooth hydrangea, winterberry holly, grape honeysuckle, ninebark, fragrant sumac and elderberry.

Where available

The Indiana Native Plant Wildflower Society lists these businesses as selling native plants in the Fort Wayne area:

• Earth Source/Heartland Restoration Services, 14921 Hand Road, Fort Wayne, 489-8511,

• Riverview Nursery, 5635 DeKalb County Road 72, Spencerville, 704-5092, The nursery normally sells by appointment; at the Riverside Gardens Farmers Market 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays May through September; and at local events, such as the Earth Day celebration April 26 at Eagle Marsh, 6801 Engle Road in southwest Fort Wayne. For a list of events, go to the nursery’s website and click the link for “Plant Sales.”

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