Ruth, fellow Minnesotan of Nature Knitter fame, gently asked if I would provide links to the seed catalog companies I listed in my last post. As a blogger, I was terribly negligent in not providing the links in the first place, but when I wrote the post I was feeling lazy and didn't want to look up all the sites. Now, it's fixed - all the links are provided in the post.
Also, Ruth pointed me to another Minnesota provider of native seeds: Prairie Meadows Native Seed. Thanks, Ruth!
Because there are so many good providers of native plant materials here in the state, I will be purchasing the natives for my garden from within a 100 mile radius of home (30-50 miles is even better). I know that some people are very strict about where their seed comes from. I don't feel as strongly about it, but since I'm able to get everything in a fairly small radius, I'll do it.
Here's my short list of Minnesota native plant and seed purveyors, all within 75 miles of my house.
Outback Nursery: This is where I will probably end up buying a lot of stuff. A few years ago I met the owners and I really like what they're doing. Plus, their selection of trees and shrubs is the best I've seen. Nice selection for all habitats. Within a reasonable driving distance for me.
Prairie Restorations: I think they're the oldest, biggest and most well-known here in the state. Everything for prairie, wetland and woodland. Seed mixes available for various ecosystems. Not so many trees and shrubs, though.
Landscape Alternatives: They used to be right in St. Paul, which I thought was cool because they grew a lot of stuff right in the city. I suppose taxes got too high or something, because now they're way out on the Wisconsin border near Taylor's Falls.
Prairie Moon Nursery: A very nice catalog with tons of seeds and a good selection of plants. A little better on the prairie plants, not as much selection with woodland and wetland.
Prairie Meadows Native Seed: Ruth's recommendation. I'll have to check them out.
Minnesota DNR's list of native plant suppliers and landscapers is here.