The seed mixes on this page are ideal for schools, churches, and other organizations, as well as for landscape architects planning gardens for such buildings. On every scale, a careful consideration of how to enrich the natural environment, reduce water use, and still be beautiful will naturally lead planners to wildflowers.
Using wildflowers to buffer landscape areas or roadsides adds a layer of color but so much more to the health of the landscape. Reduced mowing and maintenance, flowers for birds, insects and animals — these factors are good for the environment and can be cost-cutters. Urban dwellers get a connection with the environment that often only the insight of eco-conscious landscape architects and designers can provide in an urban setting. Butterflies like the city as long as there are accommodations like nectar and cover for sunning or when it’s stormy. The designers of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art used native trees, shrubs and plants that were already being beautifully showcased at the Neil Compton Gardens in downtown Bentonville to attach this natural area-turned-museum to the community.
Outdoor classrooms deserve a chance to teach our students and children science by experience and what better way to engage the natural environment than by using soil and water conservation measures with native plants to create regionally unique flora for the bees, butterflies and birds, not to mention frogs, lizards, and snakes. At the farm we have a snake that suns herself every day on the walking path. We keep telling her she’s going to scare someone or get stepped on, but she still comes out. She lives under a rock beside the wildflower meadow. She is a speckled king snake, a good snake that will eat bad ones. Nature is all around us if we will only accommodate the chaos. Plant wildflowers to start that recognition. Grow wildflowers to allow the community fauna a home.