Do not disturb native plant communities.
Obtain native plants from seed, garden or nursery.
Buy only wildflowers and ferns certified by the vendors as
Use plants and seeds which have originated in your immediate
bioregion. Such plants and seeds are best adapted to the local
climate, soil, predators, pollinators and disease.
Give preference to bioregionally native plant species in
your garden, rather than naturalized or exotic species. The latter
group may escape to wild habitats and interfere with the growth and spread
of native flora and fauna.
Promote the cultivation and propagation of bioregionally
native plants as an educational and conservation measure to supplement the
preservation of natural habitat.
Keep accurate records of any bioregionally rare flora which
you are growing to increase our understanding of the biology of the species.
Transplant wild native flora only when the plants of a given
area are officially slated for destruction. For example, road
construction, subdivisions, pipelines, golf courses, etc. Obtain
permission before transplanting.
Collect no more than 10% of a seed crop from the wild.
Leave the rest for natural dispersal and as food for dependent organisms.
Use natural means of fertilizing, weed and predator control
rather than synthetic chemical means.
Consider planting native species attractive to native fauna,
especially birds, butterflies and moths uncommon (yet native) to your
Exercise extreme caution when studying and photographing
wildflowers in order not to damage the surrounding flora and fauna.
Co-operate with institutions like arboreta, botanical
gardens, museums and universities in the propagation and study of rare
Openly share your botanical knowledge with the public but
ensure that native species or plant communities will not be damaged in the