1. Where can I buy native plants?
One of the handouts in the resource packet you'll receive when we visit your yard is a list of native plant sellers, both in central Arkansas and beyond. As native plants are becoming more popular, native plant sellers are increasing in number.
2. I'd like to learn more about why native plants are so important. Where should I look?
We recommend Nature's Best Hope by Douglas Tallamy, published in 2020. He has also made numerous video presentations that are on Youtube. Go to Tallamy's Hub for some recent presentations, https://homegrownnationalpark.org/tallamys-hub-1
3. Will you design a landscape for me?
No. We provide education about why native plants are so important, identify non-native plants to remove, and recommend native plants, based on what you tell us and what we see when we visit your yard. We will recommend plants for certain spots to maximize habitat (food and shelter) but how you arrange them is up to you.
4. How does certification work?
Our habitat advisors will explain certification during the first yard visit. There are three levels and the certification standards (See AWS Certification Standards). Once you think you have met the Silver level, contact us and we'll visit your yard for no charge and assess whether you've met the standards. If so, your yard will be a certified Arkansas Wild Space and you'll be eligible to purchase a sign, at cost, to display.
5. How is your program different from Audubon and National Wildlife Federation certification programs?
We will visit your yard and give you specific recommendations, as well as answer your questions.
6. I live in a neighborhood with restrictive covenants. Can I plant natives?
Most likely yes. Most covenants restrict grass height but don't prevent you from planting flowering plants, shrubs, and trees. Also, most don't restrict what you plant in your back yard. Our habitat advisors can recommend "well behaved" native plants that will give your front yard a more formal look.