Online Native Plant Sale

Help protect our species by gardening with native plants! These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for insects, birds and animals. They also require minimal maintenance and water. AFFEW has been hosted an annual native plant sale since 2019! Learn more and place your order on our Online Native Plant Sale page.

 

From Prairie Plants to Prairie Critters: a Macro Journey

Photo by Dave Jagodzinski

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.

FREE to AFFEW members/$5 non-members. 

Register NOW!

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!

Fall Walking Tour at Cartier Park | 10 am

Learn about both invasive and native plants at Cartier Park with Dave Dister, local botanist and author. Dave will take us on a walking tour of the fall growth in the park. He’ll give information on a variety of invasive species, highlighting the progress that was made last year near the gazebo. He’ll also talk about the native plants that were added last fall. Meet by the Bark Park at the end of Rath Ave. by Lincoln Lake.

This event will be held in fair weather, and sometimes wraps up early, depending on site conditions.

All About Natives! NEW DATE!!

Need help deciding what native plants are best for your property? Then this presentation is for YOU!! Cheryl Gross, President of Plant It Wild, will give information about the benefits of ecological gardening with native plants and how best to incorporate them into your landscape based on your growing conditions. Also, a few ‘experts” will be on hand afterwards. 

Plant it Wild is a small, independent, non-profit centered in Benzie and Manistee Counties founded over 20 years ago. They offer educational Programs annually between May and September and host several field trips. Their mission is to promote the appreciation and protection of native plant communities in our region. Visit their Facebook Page PIW-Plant it Wild and website to learn more information about their organization.

   

To get registered, Email your contact information, including phone number, to makeadifference@affew.org.

NEW DATE! Home Garden Restoration on a Shoestring

Have you ever wanted to transform your personal landscape to a pollinator garden, rain garden, or a meadow area to replace traditional landscapes? In this hands-on workshop, Sarah Pregitzer will demonstrate methods of propagating and planting natives that are cheap, easy and highly successful. She will talk about native seed collection and storage, site preparation, winter sowing and making seedballs. Participants will receive information and materials to begin their own native garden transformation.

   

To get registered, Email your contact information, including phone number, to makeadifference@affew.org.

Payment is accepted the day of the event. (AFFEW Members $5/Non-members $10) Limited to 20 participants!

Invasive Plant Removal

Help treat and remove a variety of invasive plant species at Cartier Park. Depending on turnout, we’ll be splitting into two groups and work on weeding the native plant garden around the gazebo and installing a rock border. In addition, we’ll be pulling the plant mugwort east of the pavilion. Meet at the gazebo parking lot by Lincoln Lake. Bring water, heavy gloves and wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Small shovel or hand tool weeder is also helpful. Event will be held in fair weather, and sometimes wraps up early, depending on site conditions.

Spring Walking Tour at Cartier Park

Learn about both invasive and native plants at Cartier Park with Dave Dister, local botanist and author. Dave will take us on a walking tour of the spring growth in the park. He’ll give information on a variety of invasive species, highlighting the progress that was made last year near the gazebo. He’ll also talk about the native plants that were added last fall. Meet by the Bark Park at the end of Rath Ave. by Lincoln Lake.

This event will be held in fair weather, and sometimes wraps up early, depending on site conditions.

Native Plant Sale

Help protect our species by gardening with native plants! These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for insects, birds and animals. They also require minimal maintenance and water. AFFEW will partner with Birdsfoot Native Nursery to bring these amazing plants to YOU!

 

Native Plant Garden & Single Species Flat Preorders

Help protect our species by gardening with native plants! AFFEW is taking Preorders through May 23 for Garden & Single Species Flats. All preorders can be picked up at our Native Plant Sale sale on June 12. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for insects, birds and animals. They also require minimal maintenance and water. AFFEW will partner with Birdsfoot Native Nursery to bring these amazing plants to YOU!

Learn more about this event on our Native Plant Sale page!