Thursday, September 25, 2014

Local businesses worth supporting: Sylvania Natives

Autumn is a great time to plant perennials. A former neighbor of mine, Kathy McGregor, has a native plant business right here in Squirrel Hill called Sylvania Natives. She has wildcrafted everything -- meaning that she has gone out and collected seeds of native plants, which she then propagates. Kathy got her start with natives by working as a volunteer for Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve (an Audubon facility in the North Hills). Sylvania Natives -- now in its 14th year and offering more than 120 species of locally native perennials, shrubs and trees -- is on Ira Way, a little alley off of Shady near Monitor; Google Maps knows about it, too.