Go Beyond Beauty and Barberry Trade-Up Days

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Did you know that many of the plants that are most invasive in local natural areas originally arrived as ornamental garden plants? For many, a garden’s purpose begins and ends with beauty. We believe it is possible to create spaces that transcend beauty alone. You can prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species by purchasing plants at local nurseries and through landscapers/designers that have committed to not selling high-threat invasive ornamental plants in Michigan.

Special thanks to KISMA's Go Beyond Beauty participating nurseries: Flowers by Sleeman (Houghton), Kismet Gardens (Baraga), and Designs by Nature (Marquette).

Learn more about KISMA as a Go Beyond Beauty hub on Go Beyond Beauty

Barberry Trade-Up Days

Why care about barberry?

Japanese barberry is an invasive shrub that harms the environment and human health (not to mention our animal companions). They have escaped our gardens and now outcompete native plants in our forests. They also provide the perfect habitat for black-legged ticks, also known as deer ticks, which carry Lyme disease.

What can you do?

Got barberry? If you have identified a barberry shrub in your yard (barberry identification tips), dig it out, getting as much of the root as possible, and bring it to our Barberry Trade-Up Days for a $10 coupon for a native replacement from one of our Go Beyond Beauty partners.

Pre-register to guarantee your $10 coupon!

When and Where?

  • Sat. Aug. 3 from 10am-2pm at Houghton High School parking lot
  • Thurs. Aug. 8 from 4pm-7pm at L'Anse Department of Public Works
  • Sat. Aug. 10 from 10am-2pm at Eagle Harbor Solid Waste Facility
Person holding uprooted barberry.
Dig up your barberry, roots and all, like in this photo!





Native Alternatives

Planting Guides and Local Sources

Many plants originally introduced for use in ornamental landscapes have since become invasive. To address these challenges, the Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area created a native plant species list specific to the UP and northern MI, MN, and WI. Use this list to determine if the plants you want to buy will support our native insects, birds, and other glorious members of our native food web. 

Native plant lists

Some local and regional nurseries sources for native plants and seeds are listed below

Remember to ask for natives— increased demand will lead to increased supply. 

Local Native Plant/Garden Groups 

Native Planting Guides

Guide to restoring natural areas

Guide to landscaping with natives

native honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis) is an understory shrub

Native honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis) is an understory shrub

Image credit: Sigrid Resh

native bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is a spring ephemeral

Native bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is a spring ephemeral

Image credit: Sigrid Resh