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May 10, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
That is the question! Seeders, green behind the ears or well-seasoned, often share the same sentiment, "When plants start coming up, I can't tell what they are. I want to pull weeds so they don't beat out the native stuff." Honorable goal. Here's my advice...chill out just a bit.
If you're not sure what you're looking at, leave it be. Sure, we've all yanked out a good sprout here and...
May 3, 2017
By Barb Holtz
...Especially when they congregate to champion native plants and pollinators! I had the pleasure of spending last Saturday with Twinsburg Garden Club and 70ish folks at the Native Plants: Gardening with a Purpose event. My task? Host an Ohio Prairie Nursery table and offer a presentation on seeding native plant gardens. That sounds typical and mundane. It was neither of those things.
April 27, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
I had the pleasure of getting down and dirty with a Brownie troop this past weekend as part of a Euclid Creek watershed event. There is nothing quite like watching children dig, discover, and make a difference! The project planted Ohio Prairie Nursery Fast Flowering Seed Packet in a Beachwood Park.
Teamwork brought light work for all as we prepped the site for seeding. Everyone shared...
April 21, 2017
By: Barb Holtz
(It's her first blog post! And it's a good one!)
Cleveland is known for many things these days....championship teams, national conventions, a world class arts district, medicine, and a yummy food scene. Not so long ago, it was a river that burned and a lake that was eerie. But through it all, as Clevelanders, we did what we do best....begin again, rise up, and adapt.
That burning...
March 29, 2017
We're excited to be a part of the TGC 2017 Native Plant Program!
Barb Holtz will be presenting "How to Shrink Your Lawn and Make Native Work For You". She'll focus on how to successfully convert an area of turf into a native prairie, She'll also touch on "pocketing gardening" and how to add natives started from seed to small areas and mulch beds.
Registration is required and please call the phone...
March 6, 2017
OPN Seed (Ohio Prairie Nursery) will be on hand at this year's Westlake Rain and Garden Show Saturday, March 25, 2017! Check out the flyer for more details and bring your questions for Barb Holtz, Prairie Expert Extraordinaire!

December 20, 2016
Warmest wishes this holiday season and throughout the coming year! We truly appreciate your business!
November 3, 2016
Ohio Prairie Nursery is taking the show on the road! We'll be presenting at the Ohio State Beekeepers Association Annual Fall Conference and the Cuyahoga County Master Gardeners Fall Seminar, both taking place on November 5, 2016.
Bob Kehres, General Manager, will be on hand to present "Prepping for a 2017 Pollinator Habitat" at the Ohio State Beekeepers Association's Conference. He's scheduled to...
October 5, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
Do you want to create a native pollinator habitat, but aren't sure where to start? The 2016 Cleveland Pollinator Symposium is coming up on October 22nd and will be sure to inspire you to make changes that will support healthy, ecologically diverse ecosystems. OPN Seed (Ohio Prairie Nursery) will be speaking at the event speaking about creating native habitat from seed and will...
September 30, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
This time of year we get many clients asking if they should mow their native plantings to prepare for winter. Traditional gardeners are accustomed to cutting back all their perennial plantings each fall and cleaning up their vegetable beds for early planting in the spring, but with native plantings, that type of maintenance is not usually necessary.
Native wildflower and grass...
September 14, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
As summer begins to wind down, many of us are tired and worn down from taking care of our gardens and landscapes over the summer. As the temperatures cool, we tend to slow down, but it’s essential that new seed installations continue to be managed. This is the time of the year when many of the warm season weeds and undesirables are starting to go to seed. One especially persistent...
August 24, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
Cardinal Flower - A hummingbird magnet!
Outside the Ohio Prairie Nursery offices there is a grouping of Cardinal Flower that has been continuously blooming for the past six weeks. It's a daily magnet for countless hummingbirds. Right now, I'm captivated by three hummingbirds drinking nectar from these red, tubular flowers.
If you are looking to attract hummingbirds to your garden...
August 19, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
National Honeybee Day is this Saturday, August 20, 2016! It's a great day to celebrate honeybees and the hard work they do pollinating so many flowers.
Ohio Prairie Nursery has partnered with several different bee focused organizations, including the Ohio State Beekeepers Association. We worked with them to develop the Pollinator Oasis Seed Packet. This mix is comprised of 100%...
August 4, 2016
At Ohio Prairie Nursery, we strive to make native grasses and wildflowers accessible to all customers in all different types of landscapes. Whether it be a large meadow or a smaller mulch bed, hearing stories about successful seedings makes it all worthwhile for us and supports our mission of creating areas using native wildflowers and native grasses and supporting all types of wildlife.
Case in point,...
July 25, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
The past week in Northeast Ohio was extremely hot and humid, and this balmy weather will continue to linger throughout the next week. The warm temperatures might deter you from getting out and exploring the natural areas in your area, but you might consider venturing out once the sun goes down! Right now, we are celebrating National Moth Week. This event is held annually during...
June 30, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
We are often asked to help identify native seedlings versus weeds in new seed installations. Distinguishing between the species you are trying to grow from the undesirable species is difficult, but there are a few tools that can help. Knowing which species to look for first and having an idea of the weed species found in your area are good starting points.
The first species we...
June 17, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
Throughout the world there are approximately 1000 species of plants grown for human uses, including food, medicine and fibers that rely on pollination to produce the products we use. Pollinators across the globe are suffering from decreasing population numbers caused by threats including loss of habitat, chemical misuse and disease problems. You can learn about this issue in depth...
June 7, 2016
In 2015, the plight of the Monarch Butterfly received national attention and as a result, raised awareness of the importance of planting native milkweed to increase their habitat.
OPN Seed (Ohio Prairie Nursery) responded with the introduction of several new Monarch and pollinator related products. We also kicked off the "You Plant, We Plant" program where we matched the total quantity of milkweed...
May 26, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
What will my native planting look like? This is one of the most common questions we get here at Ohio Prairie Nursery and one of the most difficult to answer! Most people are accustomed to planting plants, not seeds and having control over where each plant grows. When you start a landscape from seed, you are giving control to Mother Nature and letting the plants choose where they...
May 26, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
One of the great benefits of growing native plants is observing the huge diversity of wildlife they support. Last week, I was inventorying the plants on a property that Ohio Prairie Nursery has been managing for bobolink habitat, which is a unique grassland bird whose population numbers have been declining. Since I am relatively new to Northeast Ohio and the Ohio Prairie Nursery...
May 11, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
As the weather begins to warm up and wildflowers start to bloom, it's time to start thinking about all the ways you can support the wildlife that your landscape will attract. Though native seed provided by Ohio Prairie Nursery provides a huge number of resources for native wildlife, some thoughtful additions will enhance your landscape.
Water is essential to all wildlife! Birds,...
April 27, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
Walking through a client's property, I came across several large stands of May apple, Podophyllum peltatum. The glossy green umbrella-like leaves unfurl and span 6-8 inches across and stand just over a foot high. You can spot them from a distance, as there are few other plants with such bright green leaves at this time of year.
May apples, along with a small number of other...
April 20, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
At Ohio Prairie Nursery, we celebrate Earth Day everyday by providing people with native seed that supports a huge diversity of wildlife. It is part of our mission to improve the health of our planet and make a valuable contribution to the Earth's future. We believe that the best way to renew or create sustainable native ecosystems is to provide decision makers with the products,...
April 6, 2016
Back in March, we partnered with the Society for Ecological Restoration-Midwest/Great Lakes Chapter on a webinar on the importance of proper native seed mixes in restoration projects. If you missed this informative presentation, no worries! You can now watch and listen at your convenience. Much appreciation and thanks to our friends at SER Midwest-Great Lakes for the opportunity to bring a webinar...
March 10, 2016
Everyday is Earth Day at Ohio Prairie Nursery and we're thrilled to be a part of this year's celebration hosted by Medina County Park District. Stop by our display to learn about diversity in pollinator gardens or try and guess if it's a BEE or NOT a BEE. Try you luck at helping a bee pollinate a flower and win a prize!
This event has FREE Admission and is family friendly. To learn more about the...
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