October 02, 2018
Grow Native Kiawah Campaign and Engagement Activities
The Town of Kiawah and Kiawah Conservancy initiates Grow Native Campaign
On October 2, Mayor Craig Weaver signed a proclamation designating the third week of October as, Kiawah Native Plant Week that will coincide with South Carolina Native Plant week. On October 14-20, the Town of Kiawah and the Kiawah Conservancy will officially kickoff the new Grow Native campaign intended to promote the use of native plants on the island and improve the island’s wildlife habitat. Kiawah’s Grow Native initiative is a community-wide effort to increase the use of native plants in landscaping projects across the island with an overall goal of improving wildlife habitat.
Using native plants in landscaping has a direct impact on the ecosystem. Benefits include:
- protection of water resources, allowing gardeners to reduce fertilizers, pesticides, and irrigation practices which otherwise can contribute to stormwater runoff pollution and degradation of downstream water quality.
- sustain pollinators vital for fruit production and provide high-quality food and shelter for 10 to 15 times as many species of wildlife as non-native plants.
- provide essential watershed protection, helping natural aquifers recharge, serving to filter water naturally flowing into rivers and estuaries, lessening erosion and flooding.
- resistance to saltwater intrusion from flooding and storm surge.
Grow Native Engagement Activities
Conservation Matters | Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home with Doug Tallamy
Monday, October 15, 2018 – 3p.m. | The Sandcastle
Register at www.kiawahconservancy.org or by contacting the Kiawah Conservancy at 843-768-2029.
Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home and Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware will explain why relationships between animals and native plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception and how to create a landscape that enhances Kiawah’s ecology! This program is sponsored by the Kiawah Conservancy, Town of Kiawah Island, and Kiawah Island Community Association.
Kiawah Conservancy Garden Keepers Program
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – 9:00am | Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden
The Garden Keepers will gather in the Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden on Tuesday, October 16 at 9 a.m. for a workday and invite you to join them. They’re excited to talk to you about how you can join the Grow Native movement as we celebrate SC Native Plant Week (Oct 14-20). Join them for a morning of garden work and conversation!
Mornings in the Garden: Growing Native with Justin Core
Wednesday, October 17 at 10 a.m. | Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden
Learn how to use Kiawah’s native plants for the benefit of wildlife species and get all of your Kiawah natives questions answered.
Grow Native Plant Database
Coming Soon | www.grownativekiawah.com
The Grow Native database will be an online searchable database of native trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ferns, and grasses and will provide detailed information on growing conditions, size, flowering information, salt tolerance, deer resistance, and the wildlife value for each plant. This database will serve as a resource for residents, landscapers, landscape architects, landscape designers, and other entities. The database is currently in development and is set to be released by the end of November.