The Foundation’s greenhouse facility at Tupancy Links is an important component of many of the Science and Stewardship Department’s research and management projects. Each year, we collect seeds from common native grass, wildflower and shrub species found on our properties. Plants are propagated in our greenhouse and then out-planted along eroded trail and road edges, around the perimeter of newly-established parking areas, and in areas where invasive plant species removal has taken place.
Using seeds of native species harvested from our properties is an important way of maintaining the genetic diversity of local plant populations, which likely have adapted to growing under Nantucket’s unique physical and environmental conditions. Native plant species are well-adapted to Nantucket’s coastal habitats and have formed complex and interdependent relationships with the island’s wildlife.
Native plants are also a great addition to home landscaping projects. For more information about landscaping with native plants on Nantucket and examples of good choices of natives that are suitable for a variety of habitat conditions and uses, click here for information developed by the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative’s Invasive Plant Species Committee.
Planting with native species also benefits monarch butterflies and other species of pollinating insects, whose populations are in decline due to habitat loss, fragmentation, pesticide and herbicide use and introduced diseases.