Many garden clubs have visited throughout the years and have taken the tours at Natives Haven Nursery. During the tours, the history of numerous native plants is discussed with explanations provided on how early Native Americans used these plants for food, medicine, shelter, rituals and ceremonies. Tours usually run a little over an hour. Newly erected signs have been posted for those that would prefer a self guided tour. 

An example of what you might experience along Natives Havens' nature trails - Lobelia cardinalis (pictured right) would be pointed out and an explanation would be provided relative to how the Pawnee tribe valued this plant for its mystic powers, utilizing the roots and flowers as a love charm.  During its blooming cycle, its red flowers are spectacular.  Silphium perfoliatum (pictured left) was called "the weed that holds water" by the Winnebago tribe.  It is interesting to watch the birds drink water from the cups that are formed between the leaves.  The roots of this plant were used by the Omaha and Ponca tribes in their smoke ceremonies.


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                Tours are from July - September 

                           Sunday - Thursday

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