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California-based Theodore Payne Foundation is a model for greening the world around us, as the organization provides plants and the necessary education to make them thrive and attract native birds and butterflies, according to its Director of Outreach and K-12 Education, Lisa Novick. Her message is clear: Plants are not interchangeable when it comes to habitats. “In any part of the world, a native plant will support nature 10 times better than a non-native,” Novick explains. “For example, in Los Angeles, we don’t see many butterflies anymore. We have landscaped with plants from every other part of the world, and our butterflies and birds have lost their sources of food.” Visit the Theodore Payne Foundation website. Lisa Novick originally appeared on Green is Good on May 13, 2013.

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