Where to find native plants in Ontario

Plants and tags
In the Zone plant tags make it easier to find native plants at local nurseries and garden centres.

What you plant matters. Native plants are the gold standard for attracting pollinators, restoring wildlife habitat, and building healthy natural landscapes that are more resilient to climate change.

It can be difficult to tell which plants are truly local and native. That’s why In the Zone has partnered with growers across southern Ontario to label their native plants, making it easier for you to select plants that benefit the environment. When you see the In the Zone tag, you can be assured that the plant is native and grown from seed collected ethically from southern Ontario source populations.

The In the Zone tag indicates that the plants are:

  • Native to the region
  • Sourced from a local, known original wild population
  • Grown from seeds collected ethically (harvested in a way that does not harm wild populations)
  • Genetically diverse (not propagated clones)
  • Wild-type plants (not cultivars/nativars)
  • Grown without neonicotinoids and glyphosate; other pesticide use is limited
Native plant growers

Look for the In the Zone plant tag at select native plant nurseries: 

Alter Eden
37 Albert Street 
Cambridge ON N1R 3M7 

Bee Sweet Nature Co.
4182 Sideroad 20 South
Puslinch, ON N0B 2J0

993 Highway #54
P.O. Box 820
Ohsweken, ON, N0A 1M0

Native Trees and Plants
629 Dalhousie Street
Amherstburg, ON N9V 2M2

More to come…

Native Plants at Loblaw Garden Centres

Loblaw WWF partner badge

WWF-Canada is excited to continue its partnership with Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) to source native plants for 123 of their Garden Centres across southern and eastern Ontario.

During COVID-19, we know that buying plants for your garden works a bit differently: All Loblaw Garden Centres are open and employing social distancing measures. Different regions will have varying guidelines about limits in grocery stores and how often you should visit. However, if you’re heading to one of Loblaw’s Garden Centres this growing season, consider planning ahead and adding native plants to your weekly shopping trip.

The 123 participating Garden Centres will carry a variety of locally grown and ethically sourced native plants, including shade and sun-loving species as well as grasses and sedges, all of which grow easily in local conditions. They’ve been carefully selected and grown by the following Ontario native plant growers and will make excellent habitat for pollinators and other wildlife in your garden:

Look for the special In the Zone plant tag to ensure you are choosing the best plants to help local wildlife thrive.

(c) Michael Lee

ITZ native plants list for Loblaw Garden Centres

Loblaw Garden Centres

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