Connie Davidson volunteers at the Wistendahl Native Plant Garden on East State Street on September 5, 2018, in Athens, Ohio. She says she enjoys volunteering there because the garden brings awareness to the importance of supporting native plant life. info

When plants come are imported from other countries, they can be invasive and kill native life. Some insects do not recognize foreign plants, and they cannot adapt quickly enough to live with them. If native plants do not survive, then neither do the insects or other plants and animals that depend on them.


That is why gardens like the Wistendahl are so special. The garden brings awareness to the importance of supporting native plant life, and it an oasis for insects like the Monarch Butterfly who need plants like the milkweed to survive.


Connie Davidson is a volunteer at the Wistendahl Native Plant Garden on East State Street in Athens, Ohio. She was one of the original partners who started the garden, and she has spent many hours ensuring its success—she even has a native plant collection of her own at her house in Millfield, Ohio.


Connie spends hours gardening each week, and her own garden hosts a massive amount of native plants. Once a nurse anesthetist, Connie now enjoys the therapeutic qualities nature has. 

Connie's shoes are covered in seeds after gardening in her backyard on September 8, 2018, in Millfield, Ohio. info
Connie's window sill in her house is littered with dried flowers and feathers. "I love to collect them," she says. "Especially the owl feathers, they're really beautiful." info
Connie and Frank Porter look at the plants in the Wistendahl Garden. Frank Porter provided most of the plants for the garden and oversees the volunteers’ work. "We don't leave until he says we're finished," Connie says with a laugh. info
Connie spreads the seeds of asclepias tuberosa at the Wistendahl Garden; the plant is commonly called butterfly weed. "Scientists are considering putting monarch butterflies on the endangered species list," Connie says. "It is important to plant species t info
"He's such a ham," Connie says, referring to her kitten, Pablo, as she attempts to make her bed. "He loves getting in the way." Mondays are Connie's days for chores, so she often does all of her cooking and laundry for the week then. info
Connie heads back to her house after gardening in her backyard in Millfield, Ohio. "I used to run a bed and breakfast here," she says. "The house it really too big for just me." info
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