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Resource Page for Lost River Cave Earth Day Celebration

Thank you for attending my talk, Creating and Maintaining Your Pollinator Garden, during Lost River Cave’s 2022 Earth Week celebration. Below are the additional resources that I thought you might find useful. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I’m happy to help if I can.

~ Shannon Trimboli

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Other Useful Resources

  • Native Plants for the Small Yard: Easy, Beautiful Home Gardens that Support Local Ecology
    • Free pdf downloadable book that has lots of landscaping layouts for common garden spots (around mailbox, near porch, near drain spout, etc.).
    • Was written for a nature center in Pennsylvania so many, but not all of the species are native to Kentucky. However, we usually have other species in the same genus that can be easily substituted for any Pennsylvania plants that aren’t native to here.
  • 2 Million Blossoms sample with article about goldenrods that are good for garden settings
    • The tall field goldenrod species that most of us think of when we think of goldenrods don’t “play nice” in garden settings. However, there are several goldenrod species which don’t spread as much and will work in garden settings. This article talks about those species.
  • Kentucky Invasive Species List
    • This is the most recent listing of species that are considered invasive in Kentucky. It is ranked by how severe of a threat each species presents.
    • The first two rankings (Severe and Significant) are the ones to pay the most attention to.
      • Personally, I don’t worry too much about the other two categories on my property because I have so many of the first two categories to contend with. I can’t do everything so I focus on the ones causing the most damage.
  • Flora of the Southeastern United States
    • Very detailed dichotomous key with descriptions and range maps for most of plants found in the southeastern U.S.
  • USDA Plants Database
    • Provides basic details plus a map showing the range maps for different plant species across the country.
  • EPA Ecoregions
    • Interactive map with links to detailed information about Level III and Level IV ecoregions by state.