The Marshall Native Garden Initiative

SHR donated specimens to help establish an educational native plant garden at the Madison County public library.

Marshall Native Gardens Initiative (MNGI) is a small group of dedicated horticulturists, gardeners and landscape architects in Madison County working as volunteers to create environmentally sustainable gardens and landscaping on the grounds of the Madison County Public Library as a public education opportunity as well as aesthetic and environmental benefits.

The primary objective of the MNGI is to create native gardens in Madison County that have educational, environmental and aesthetic value. Through educational signs and literature, MNGI informs the public about the importance of using native plants and their value in our ecosystems.

The Reserve donates time and plant resources to the project, helping this group of volunteers find local sources of unique native plants, like Gregory Bald azaleas and rhododendron Vaseyis.