Native Landscape Project

Help Turn Salem's Gardens into a Sacred Ground!


Salem is blessed with so many generous members and friends! Over the past several months we have achieved our goal to recreate our sacred outdoor space and turn it into a Sacred Ground. If you walk by our flowerbeds you will see many healthy native plants growing and creating solid root systems so they can flourish for many years to come! Some are already blooming. Both the Memorial Garden and the side gardens are planted. In August we will be planting the front of the building. What a transformation that will be!  We will be adding a birdbath and additional plants in the fall and next spring to complete our new creation! Lady bugs, bees, and butterflies have been spotted on our plants letting us know that they too are grateful for this gift of native nourishment.

Thank you for your generous support of this environmental mission project that benefits us with its beauty and creatures with its sustenance. With each new season we hope to expand our outdoor space into an ever growing natural space for all God’s creatures to enjoy! 

The Native Plant Team

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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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