The Mason-Lake Conservation District has many resources to help you with your needs.

 Saturday, June 17th, 10am-noon                                               Mason-Lake Conservation District Office

Get some amazing plants for your butterfly garden, rain garden or front yard landscaping! All plants are provided by Vern Stephens of Designs by Nature. Any garden flat that you purchase will come with a planting plan and design for your new garden!

Below are links to our 2017 Order Form Plant List and descriptions on most of the native plants.

2017 Native Plants Order Form & Plant List

Grasses Descriptions

Wildflower Descriptions

Woodland Flowers & Ferns

Stock is limited, so we are only taking wish-lists this year (we may not be able to supply what you are looking for, so not an official order). Wishlists will be accepted through June 12th, and otherwise, we’ll have lots of great options for you to choose from on the day of the sale. You may call or e-mail in your wishlist to Dani at (231) 757-3707 ext. 5 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Payment can be made when you pick up your plants. We will have Vern Stephens, owner of Designs by Nature, and our staff on hand to answer any questions you may have about the plants and gardening with natives.

Bring in your mystery plants! – If you have an oddball plant that has recently shown up in your yard or garden, bring it in to the native plant sale on June 17th and we will help identify it for you. This way, you can decide if it gets to stick around in your garden this year, or if you want to replace it with something new.

Why go native?

Native plants are great for any landscape and are highly tolerant to our year-round weather conditions. Native plants can adapt to poor quality soils because of their extensive root systems.  They are drought tolerant and require less maintenance.  With proper installation practices, establishment may be less than 2 years.

Native grasses and wildflowers provide wildlife benefits also as they attract insects that are food sources for game and song birds. They provied nesting and resting areas as will as cover from predators.  Some serve as areas of thermal protection during the winter months and the grasses are high in nutrients as forage for grazers.  The seed heads of the flowers are also a good food source for many species of wildlife.