AFFEW Online Native Plant Sale 2024

All orders are accepted online for Garden & Single Species flats plus individual Quart & Gallon plants.

Help protect our species by gardening with native plants! These important plants provide nectar, pollen, and seeds for many insects, birds and animals. They are also hosts for many insects all year long. Native plants also require minimal maintenance and their deep root system absorb more water than a traditional lawn. With the continuous decline of the Monarch butterfly population, you can make a difference by creating a habitat for these beautiful and important butterflies! Last year, our sale introduced over 1880 new native plants to our community! New in 2024, we have highlighted plants that are native to our section of the state on the order forms.

Having problems with deer eating your plants? View the list of deer resistant native plants from the Lansing chapter of Wild Ones.

AFFEW MEMBERS who ORDER Garden or Single Species Flats will receive a discount of $10 off Garden & Shrub Flats | $7 off Single Species Wildflowers, Grass & Sedge Flats!

Here’s how it works: Place your order with the online forms below. All orders will be confirmed with the nursery before the order is accepted. An email with a summary of your order and payment options will be sent after the order has been confirmed. Orders are available for pick up on June 8 at U Dig It Community Garden unless other arrangements have been made. Thank you for gardening with native plants and supporting AFFEW!

Garden and Single Species Flats

Each Garden Flat comes with 38 native plant plugs and a design plan for a 4’x10’ garden. Learn more about available Garden Flats 2024.

Single Species Flats also come with 38 plant plugs unless specified. Because our sale is later in the season the plants are often larger in size. These one year plants are grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides and are Michigan genotype.

Garden Flats: $100 | Wildflower & Grass Single Species Flats: $74 unless specified | Shrub Single Species Flats: $105 (Tax included)

Butterfly GardenGrassland GardenPollinator Garden
Rain GardenSemi Shade GardenMonarch Garden
Shoreline GardenTall Prairie Garden 
PLEASE NOTE: Plant substitution may take place due to availability for Garden Flats.

Quarts & Gallon Plants

This year we’ll offer a variety of individual quart  wildflower, grass, sedge and gallon shrub plants. All plants must be ordered in advance!

Wildflower, Grass, Sedge Quarts: $7 unless specified | Shrub Gallons: $15 (Tax Included)

 

Have more questions? Contact Sara Bolan at 815-592-9032 or by email.

From Prairie Plants to Prairie Critters: a Macro Journey

Tuesday, March 19 | 6:30-8 pm | Lakeshore Resource Center

Join AFFEW for this presentation where you’ll learn about introducing native plants into your landscape and the beauty of photography. Professional photographer, Dave Jagodzinski, will talk about how and why he photographs native plant species along with a stunning slideshow of his photography. He’ll outline how he fell in love with Illinois prairies and decided to photograph them. Dave will also discuss the importance of critters – bugs and insects – that are an important part of the native plant community and how you can’t have one without the other.

Dave’s photography will inspire others to launch their own journey and develop their style by adding perseverance and following their passion, not the crowd.

More about the speaker…

Dave Jagodzinski grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago where he spent much of his time in woodlands and acquired a deep interest in the natural world. His love for photography began at age 12 when his parents bought him a small camera. In his mid twenties he bought himself a 35 mm Nikkormat camera and started his journey learning the art of photography.

As a commercial photographer for 43 years, Dave’s experience includes industrial, fashion, portraiture, table top, room scene and food photography. He is also well versed in Photoshop. Dave now focuses on nature photography, where he specializes in native species.

I spend much of my life watching light dance around different objects. Morning light, afternoon light, twilight, sun or shade all fascinate me. Puffy cloud days where sunbeams and shadows mingle, I find it mesmerizing. Colorful sunsets are never ignored. And sometimes I remember to take a picture.” – Dave Jagodzinski

AFFEW Members FREE | Non-members $5
Payment is accepted the day of the event.
Limited to 30 participants!

U Dig It Community Garden!

U Dig It Community Garden is a membership based organic garden that was established in 2010. We’re located behind the United Methodist Church of Ludington. Garden boxes are provided for personal use in a organic and sustainable environment. We depend on our members to volunteer by maintaining the garden boxes, grounds and equipment. Our journey with AFFEW began in January 2022 when our organizations merged!

In the fall of 2021 we began our expansion of the garden. By the fall of 2023 eighteen additional block beds were installed with the generous support of SRM Concrete  through their Giving Back program. We also received support from Lowe’s of Ludington and T & M Landscaping and Tree Removal as in-kind sponsors who provided equipment and labor to complete the project. After a busy spring and with the help of our volunteers, UDICG now has 65 beds!

In addition to personal boxes, we work directly with our local food pantry Lakeshore Food Club. We provide healthy produce in support of food security for our community. Many of the seeds grown for this program are donated by our partner Baker Creek Seed Company. Since 2021 our members and volunteers donated more than twenty-five percent of all produce grown!

In 2022 with the help of Michigan State University Extension, we introduced the U Dig It! Gardening Series. This educational series is for our members and the community.

In 2024 we’ll partner with AFFEW to host Dig It! Youth Summer Program for 9-11 year olds. This is an interactive program that grows, tastes and donates produce to our community. They also learn and experience a variety of aspects about nature, birds and our environment. Learn more about Dig It! Youth Summer Program!.

 

Garden Bed Availability
Existing members are given the opportunity to retain their beds before it is opened up to the public. We are currently full, but if you’re interested in being placed on the list for next years consideration, contact Sara Bolan, UDICG Director.

UDICG Mission
To educate its members and the general public in healthy eating by promoting sustainable gardening, organic practices, composting and environmental education for children and adults. Through volunteerism and donations from our gardeners, more than twenty-five percent of the produce is provided to support food security for our community.

When should I start my seeds?
It’s always a challenge to decide when it’s the right time to start seeds. Here’s a handy seed starting calculator that helps take the mystery out of when to plant! Download the Spring Seed Starting Calendar for Ludington.

Help support AFFEW and UDICG by becoming a member or making a tax deductible donation!

Microplastics in the Great Lakes

Below is a rebroadcast of a video presentation given last year by Art Hirsch on microplastics in the Great Lakes.

Microplastics in the Great Lakes 

Art Hirsch will discuss the sources, impacts, legislation and mitigation actions to address microplastics. Microplastics in the Great Lakes is an emerging water quality issue that has the potential of impacting human health and the aquatic environment. It has been estimated that microplastics are consumed by the US population at a rate of 5 grams per week; this is weight of a credit card. Microplastics are found in our food, water and even beer along the Great Lakes. Fish are ingesting microplastics that causes them to starve. Over 22 million pounds of plastic enter the Great Lakes every year and Lake Michigan is the #1 source.

Art Hirsch is a former environmental consultant with over 30 years of experience. He lives in Boulder Colorado and spends his summers in Pentwater, Michigan. He is originally from North Muskegon, Michigan and he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Colorado. His expertise is in the areas of water quality, stormwater management, sustainability and environmental impact assessments. He is a member of the Climate Reality Project founded by former Vice President Gore and the For the Love of Water organization located in Traverse City and the Great Lakes Plastic Pollution Solutions Coalition. He is currently working on the Enbridge Line 5 Shutdown, GHG reductions associated with transportation, oil and gas operations and microplastics.

Recorded Presentations

AFFEW Earth Day Celebration April 22, 2023

Keynote Speaker Dave Dempsey being interviewed by AFFEW Board Member Sharon Edger.
Jim McGrath presents different species of snakes native to Michigan.
Information on invasive species featuring Vicki Sawicki of NCCISMA and Bri Jasinski of Mason-Lake Conservation District.

AFFEW Annual Meeting November 21, 2021

AFFEW Earth Day Celebration April 22, 2021