Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Regional Relics Post 2: Native Flowers

Flowers that are native to your state (Michigan in our case) can be both beautiful and cost saving when planning for your big event. Some species can be found in your back yard, and others can be acquired through nurseries. Use them in table arrangements (possibly paired with a local piece of pottery), in bouquets, or as favors.

You can educate your guests on the local flora by naming tables after them, or even making a donation towards preserving them!

A few of my favorite native Michigan plants include Black Eyed Susans, Wooded Sunflowers, Asters, Wild Bergamot, Columbine and the Michigan Lily.

Here are a few links to nurseries with species lists, as well as plants for sale in Michigan: Michigan Wildflower Farm, MNPPA, Light of Day Organics.

Flower credits: 1. Aster 2. Wooded Sunflower 3. Wild Bergamot, by John Dykstra 4. Michigan Lily 5. Black Eyed Susans 6. Columbine

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