Plant Native - Native Plant: Restoring Creation


Native Planting is a Sacrament

To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of creation. The point is, when we do this knowingly, lovingly, skillfully, reverently, it is a sacrament; when we do it ignorantly, greedily, clumsily, destructively, it is a desecration… in such desecration, we condemn ourselves to spiritual and moral loneliness, and others to want.

Wendell Berry, “The Gift of Good Land.” Pages 296-311 in The Art of Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry (Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2002), p 298.

What’s Native in My Area and Where Can I Find and Purchase Native Plants?

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What creation-care issues are we facing?


Regenerate bio-diversity


Reliable access to clean water


Reverse climate change drivers

Identifying Native Species on Your Campus

  • The Environmental Justice Committee of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church visions the best way to draw attention to native species is to identify them on our own campus.
  • Each native planting on BMPC’s campus will be identified, marked, and the marker will provide a QR code link that offers further information on the native plant, including a photo.
  • Introduction to Native Plant/Plant Native was rolled out in conjunction with BMPC’s Visual Arts Committee’s art show by Diane Burko, April 24, 2022.
  • Following will be a period of congregational education and engagement, explaining why native species are important, and how to proceed to adding native species to existing home plantings.
  • Doug Tallamy will join us on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at 11:15 a.m. and again at 2:00 p.m. to share his expertise with the congregation and with the community about the importance of native species and the role each of us can play in increasing the biodiversity of our yards and the campuses of our faith institutions.

2022 Local Recommendations for Native Plants

Before and After Planting Native Plants