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Purpose of the Native Plant Beds:
The purpose of the Native Plant Beds is to educate the community about the importance of native plant species to the health and diversity of our ecosystems and to demonstrate how they can be successfully utilized in our home landscapes. Only species native to Indiana or their cultivars are planted in these beds!
History of Committee
1985 – The ﬁrst native beds were established in front of the Purdue Extension oﬃce building!
2009 – These beds were redesigned exclusively with species native to Indiana or their
2010 – The beds surrounding the Centennial Pavilion were added and redesigned with Indiana
natives. Four large Oakleaf Hydrangeas, which are not native to Indiana, remain in the corners!
2015 – The original beds were expanded to wrap around the sides of the extension oﬃce!
2019 – New plant labels were added to all beds and a donated bench was installed in the bed
in front of the extension oﬃce!
2020 – A natural rock edging was installed in the beds in front of the extension oﬃce.
Native Bed Brochure