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Helpful Resources

We do love beautiful plants. But most of what is available in the commercial trade is not only of little ecological value, many are invasive and take up important, vanishing space that natives could be using.


What native plants can substitute for some of our favorite ornamentals?

These lists were reproduced by permission of Bill Fontenot from his book, Native Gardening in the South, which we sell in our online store and at our monthly meetings.

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As Dr. Tallamy advises, we "garden as if life depended on it."


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Local Resources

These local providers of plants and services have accepted our invitation to be listed here. Contact us if you would like to post your services here.

Local Services

  • Bill Fontenot (337 852 5576) or is available for design consultation for projects big and small.

  • Jackie Carlisi is available for design and installation. Call (337 277 0027) for a consultation!

  • Steve the Native Ninja can help you if you're interested in environmentally friendly landscaping, pollinator beds, pocket prairies, and butterfly gardens (337-278-9068,

  • Katie Kogler at Let It Bee Landscaping can help with habitat creation and maintenance in yards and small prairies around Baton Rouge and Prairieville. She works closely with local native seed and plant sources to incorporate into designs that work with you and the natural world. Call (225) 284-5167 to schedule a consultation for your property.

  • Contact Steve Nevitt at or visit his website ( to ask questions about establishment or management of prairies to request consultation or to inquire about custom seed mixes.

  • Matthew Boutte is a licensed horticulturalist and native plant specialist offering landscape designs, natural, formal, maintenance, revamp, new installations.

  • RouxGaroux Gardens, contact Ben Besson, 337-280-8157

  • Benton Williams, Willow Grove Landscape, 985-646-9388;

  • Dionne D'Mello

  • Ground Up Landscaping Services, LLC,, 504-327-7341

  • Janine Khoury. Habitat gardening specific, consultants and queries


More Native Plant sources

  • L. J. Delcambre at Cajun Native Plants Nursery in Abbeville is specializing in native plants for sale by appointment. L. J. does offer some non-natives and will help you with your landscaping, butterfly garden, and pollinator bed designs. Call (337) 256-7152 to schedule.

  • Robby Maxwell at Soggy Prairie Stalks and Seeds in Iowa propagates many prairie species. His list is here. Message on facebook or email

  • The Urban Naturalist (open 24/7, 216 Madison Street, Lafayette) for Gulf Coast penstemon (Penstemon tenuis), Tropical sage (Salvia coccinea), Indian blanket (Gaillardia pulchella), rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium) and other natives.

  • Baton Rouge: Clegg's Nursery and Hilltop Arboretum. Greenhand Nursery. Andeab and Mila Berhane are regular vendors at Red Stick Farmer’s Market. Mila: 225 278 1689., Greenhand Nursery on Facebook

  • Almost Eden Plants online carry more native plant species than most traditional nurseries.

  • Betty and L. J. Miley at Maypop Hill Nursery Norwood, Louisiana. Open by appointment only, visit

  • Lastrapes Nursery in Opelousas carries a variety of native trees including cypress, oaks, maples, and magnolias.

  • Eric Scallan of Scallan's Tree Company in Plaucheville has bare root and larger seedlings of native oaks, baldcypress, cedar elm, mayhaw and others. 318 481 1041. 198 Eric's Lane, Plaucheville LA 71362.

  • Some other nurseries carry some popular natives. Ask for them! If you're finding native species in your local garden centers, let us know. If you or someone you know has local ecotypes of native plants available for sale, email Dona Weifenbach at to see if we have space for you at our next plant sale.


Learn more

Books, Blogs, and Organizations

Here are some of our most helpful reads and favorite friends!

Click each image to read more about the resource.

Coastal Prairie Plant Growers Handbook

Coastal Prairie Partnership

Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in our Gardens

Doug Tallamy

All About Louisiana Wildflowers

Jan Midgley

Various Books on Louisiana Native Plants

Charles Allen of Allen Acres

Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard

Doug Tallamy

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing for Resilient Landscapes

Thomas Rainer and Claudia West

Gardening with Native Plants in the South

Sally Wasowski and Andy Wasowski

The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook: For Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands

Stephen Packard and Cornelia Mutel

The Wildlife Garden: Planning Backyard Habitats

Charlotte and Sean Seidenberg

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