A white trillium blooming on an Ontario forest floor.
Photo by Rotary Club of North Muskoka

Native plants are making a comeback in Muskoka and for good reason, says Huntsville Horticultural Society president Debora Marshall.

"It's probably because people are recognizing that native plants are beautiful, and also because people are increasingly interested in making their gardens more ecologically sustainable," Debora told our club as a guest speaker in April. 

She offered an in-depth presentation that shared a history of recent trends toward native plants as well as some examples of plants native to Muskoka and best planting practices. 

And she urged everyone to consult a reputable source on native plants and practices when planning and planting a garden.

Native plants, she said, supported wildlife as habitat and food, and were adapted to area environmental conditions, requiring less water and maintenance over time. 

"Even if you have a small garden, it means the world," she said. 

She noted things to consider when planning and planting a garden included your area's hardiness zone, soil type and condition, sun conditions and plant tolerance levels, elevation, water availability, budget, style of garden, and personal goals, among others. 

And, as part of her presentation, she offered several information resources, including the following:

Our club thanks Debora and the Huntsville Horticultural Society for the important and enlightening presentation, especially with native plant garden projects under consideration.