Native Landscape Project

Help Turn Salem's Gardens into a Sacred Ground!

The Property Team needs your help to update and naturalize Salem’s outdoor space! We hope to raise enough funds to completely redo the plantings in front of our building, add native plants to the side gardens and use native plants to enhance the Memorial Garden space. Please consider a one time Special Donation designated for “Salem’s Gardens” and/or committing your time later this spring to plant and fortify our soil.

Help us showcase our Environmental Stewardship!

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Why Go Native?

       Native plants are healthier and stronger. Plants native to an area are more likely to establish quickly and will naturally be hardy and healthy. Native plants have evolved over thousands of years, learning to thrive in particular areas—they grow in harmony with the environment, the soil, the water supply, the varying weather throughout all the seasons. They don’t require pesticides.

       Native plants require less water and help prevent erosion.

The deep root systems of many native Midwestern plants increase the soil's capacity to store water. Native plants can significantly reduce water runoff and, consequently, flooding.

       Native plants help reduce air pollution.

Native plants sequester, or remove, carbon from the air.

       Native plants create wildlife habitat. When native plants thrive in their original environment, they create a natural habitat for wildlife that is both beneficial to the environment and adds life to your outdoor space. We think of the obvious pollinators, like bees, birds, and butterflies, but these plants can also help create homes for small animals, warm and cold-blooded, and microscopic organisms in the soil. All these living things have jobs to do; the natural environment promotes a symbiotic relationship.

       Native plants promote biodiversity and stewardship of our natural heritage​.

       Native plants are beautiful and increase scenic values!


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