As the only native plant grower in Maryland, 100% of whose inventory is made up of local ecotype native species (LENS), Chesapeake Natives is dedicated to restoring the Chesapeake Bay's biodiversity — critical to a healthy food web. Though LENS are also the best plants to use in native restoration, they are not, however, widely available. By growing and distributing almost 200 LENS, Chesapeake Natives advocates for their importance in our ecosystem. Driven by volunteers, Chesapeake Natives has provided well over 75,000 native ecotypes, transforming home and public landscapes across the region. This grassroots movement has grown to include almost 2,500 gardeners, conservationists, and institutions sharing the native species that fuel life on Earth. Community outreach and education efforts are steadily increasing our knowledge of the native plants on which the health of our planet depends.
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