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Minnesota Property Owners Can Convert Land to Bee-Friendly Native Plant Habitat with Funds from New State Program

Rusty patched bumblebee feeding on flowerThe rusty patched bumblebee, one of the threatened pollinator species targeted for support by a recent Minnesota grant program. As a Minnesota native landscaping company with a passionate commitment to encourage natural habitat for threatened pollinators like bees, we were thrilled to see that the Minnesota legislature has allocated funds to enable those who own property to convert portions of their turf grass to bee-friendly areas. The program – called ‘Lawns to Legumes’ – took effect...

Our Native Landscaping Company Founder Ron Bowen to Speak at Restoration Seminar March 3rd

PRI Founder Ron Bowen As a company who more or less pioneered wide-scale native plant restoration work in Minnesota, we’re really excited to announce that founder Ron Bowen will be one of the speakers at an upcoming live seminar presented by Halfmoon Education. Ron planted his first Minnesota restored prairie in 1970, and it’s still thriving. The Dayton family, who owned the property located near Wayzata at the time, eventually donated it to the Minnesota DNR, and it is now known as the...

Shopping for Natural Gifts This Holiday? Check Out Our Minnesota Native Landscaping Retail Store

As you’re going down your holiday shopping list and planning your trips to the malls and online, have you included our Princeton Native Plant Center’s retail store? It’s the perfect place to find something nature-themed for those on your list who love nature. Whether you’re shopping for gifts for a favorite nephew, your child’s teacher, or even your spouse, we have a wide variety of items that will appeal to just about everyone. You’ll find seasonal items such as candles and holiday decorations as well as books, nature artwork, bird feeders and supplies, and children’s...

Want to Learn More About Landscaping with Native Plants? Check Out Our Online Resource Library

Interested in the concept of landscaping with native plants but wondering just where to begin?  A visit to our Online Resource Library may be the answer.  Packed with pages of useful information, this library can help you get acquainted with all things native. And remember, an on-site consultation with one of our restoration ecologists is only a phone call away! “Get a life in which you are generous.  Look around at the azaleas making fuchsia star bursts in spring; look at a full moon hanging silver in a black sky on a cold night.  And realize that life is glorious, and that...

Prairie Restorations News: Updates and Changes from Ron Bowen

photo courtesy of Mpls St Paul Magazine I have been writing these “words” for some time now – maybe even five years or so.  That would be 20 times. Wow. Although many of them have rambled it has been my privilege to share with you random thoughts, ecological tidbits, quotes, poems and other musings of environmental ethics.  After all, the work...

Minnesota Native Plant Center: Upcoming Free Family Fun Events 2018

If you are looking for some interesting family activities as the summer is winding down, check out our Free Family Fun events at The Native Plant Center in Princeton, Minnesota (located at our company headquarters). FREE FAMILY FUN – AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES Saturday August 11th, 9:00 a.m. to noon Learn about amphibians and reptiles from representatives of the Minnesota Herpetological Society. The presentation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Afterwards you will be able to interact with live animals, and the retail staff will help you create a free kids’ craft to take home!! FREE FAMILY FUN – POLLINATORS Saturday September 15th,...

Come Out to The Native Plant Center in Princeton MN for These Upcoming Spring Public Events

One of the benefits of having our beautiful 380-acre farm as the headquarters for our Minnesota landscape restoration company is being able to host the public for fun and informative events outdoors.  Since we also have one of our retail stores at this location, it really gives us an opportunity to educate people about the need for restoring and preserving our native plant communities. Each year we have quite a full calendar of these free events, but this spring you can participate in either or both of these two just by calling us at 763-631-9458 to register. Native...