Native Vegetation

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Native wildflowers, photo by Karen Eckman.

Ellen Brenna,
Natural Resources Coordinator



Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur. Native plants are advantageous because they require less maintenance than horticultural plants. They also provide nectar, pollen and seeds that serve as food for butterflies, birds and other animals. Native grasses and wildflowers can provide a beautiful, low maintenance garden or lawn.

Many native grasses and wildflowers protect soil with their deep, spreading root systems, which helps to prevent erosion. Areas with diverse perennial native plantings have less water runoff than areas composed of non-native species such as typical turf grass, and usually do not require the use of pesticides. 

What Can I Do?

The City encourages residents to utilize technical services offered by the Ramsey County Conservation District for native planting, rain gardens, and shoreland restoration projects.  Staff can visit your property to discuss your site and possibilities for infiltrating more water. The City also encourages residents to choose native trees when reforesting, and to avoid the use of pesticides and herbicides on managed lawns.

To find additional resources, check out Blue Thumb. The City is a member and partner of this organization. Blue Thumb’s mission is “planting for clean water” and their website contains a plant selector tool and additional information on construction, design, and maintenance of various planting projects. 

The City hosts and helps sponsor the Landscape Revival Native Plant Expo and Market annually. The 2019 sale will take place on June 1st at Shepherd of the Hills Church. For more information, please visit the event website.

Preservation and Vegetation Management Ordinance 

The City of Shoreview has a vegetation management ordinance that seeks to preserve landmark trees and protect vegetation in sensitive areas such as wetlands and shorelines. To review this information, see Section 209.050 within Shoreview's Municipal Code.