Swallowtail is Open — A Native Wildflower and Natural Landscaping Demonstration Site in Louisville, Ohio (Akron /Canton Area)

Seeing is Believing.


Demonstration Site for Native Plants and Natural Landscaping

100+ Species of Ohio Region/Eastern U.S. native plants. 

Swallowtail Native Plants of Ohio is an enterprise focusing on helping others discover the marvels of native plants and wildlife. This will inspire them to plant natives in their own yards–residential, commercial and industrial. Our motto is “Restoration through Education”. Our Ohio certified native plant landscapes and wildlife habitat is located near Louisville, Ohio in the Akron / Canton area. Phase I of this ongoing development is now completed.



Sunny Meadows (below) is just one of many views on the Swallowtail project.

Sunny Meadow @Swallowtail Native Plants. This was planted in 2015 with a mix of Ohio-grown native seeds. This picture is year three when the meadow was being fully established. With a little attention, this can last for decades, even in perpetuity.

Our grand opening is in June 2020. This is a new venture by Dave (that’s me) and Ann Augenstein. We have lived in our home built in 1854, outside Louisville, Ohio, since 2007. (I am a 40-year veteran environmental engineering specialist and consultant who has lived in all four corners and the center of Ohio). Our place is small enough (2.5 acres) where visitors can see all types of micro-ecosystems with over 100 Ohio native plant species (and probably as many critters) in less than an hour while hiking only 1000 feet. This makes it ideal for children of all ages, seniors, and the disabled to have a pleasurable and fascinating visit.


There is more to be written later, of course, about what you will see and the fun things to do. In the meantime, pencil us in on our calendar in the spring, summer, and fall to visit us at Swallowtail! 

[Of course, you will be left out of getting monthly updates unless you subscribe.] — Dave and Ann.


Tiger Swallowtail on Bull Thistle Click to enlarge.

Each time you share this news on Facebook could show a family all about backyard native gardens and wildlife habitat. Since we are an upstart, want more subscribers, especially in Ohio, and maybe you can help. As your FB friends join, you can see their happy faces (again), right here on our site as well as our Facebook page.

Another cool feature of our website: when you hover over the blue italics, additional information about the plants is given by Wikipedia. Check it out: Fritillary butterfly Speyeria atlantison a Butterfly Weed and White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima)

Western Slope. Click to enlarge.

We have an active Ohio Facebook page you can join to keep updated.

We also have a Facebook group for Stark/Summit County, Ohio (Akron / Canton area). 

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Louisville Ohio Garden Club was one of the first group tours when the development began in 2015.


Dave with a high school worker planting what was supposed to be a nursery for small plants and trees. It has been overtaken by a red osier, cup plants, milkweeds, and a viburnum bush.



Here are two photo shots (click to see full detail): On the left is a fritillary butterfly Speyeria atlantis on a Butterfly Weed and on the right White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima) under an 80-foot high spruce tree.

Unusual looking plants spring up all the time. Let them grow out and bloom. It might be treasured like our White Snakeroot under an 80-yr spruce tree. This is free entertainment


This is a fritillary butterfly on a butterfly milkweed weed. This 2-yr old “weed” is now 3-feet high and wide and needs no attention or watering. Milkweeds are the only plant that monarchs will lay their eggs upon.


Our place shows off its ever-changing beauty throughout each month and even throughout the day. It is really neat to see more butterflies, friendly bees of all types, skippers, dragonflies, and moths increase each year. Swallowtail by Season: Photo Gallery.

See it. Believe it. Share it. 

Swallowtail Native Plants of Ohio is a project of the Foundations for Health Education


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A Nifty Flyer: Invitations to Swallowtail of Louisville, Ohio

Great reactions and a way to make acquaintances! They may want a couple to give out.

Click & Print: Swallowtail Flyer

The new flyer desc ribes the Swallowtail project and is designed to hand out to invite others. It is a good way to invite friends, family, co-workers; and church, scout, independent living, homeschool, and school groups, group homes for the disabled.

Our experience has been fun to give out and a good way to meet people; they may want a few also. What’s cool is the quiz at the bottom. What’s also neat is they will want to know where it is at and who operates Swallowtail. You can tell them “Nobody knows yet, it’s being kept very quiet”. I promise they will be stunned. But they’ll find out in March if they subscribe to our website, read it in the Louisville Herald or Canton Rep sometime in April. (The next flyer will have the location and introduce the owners!)

I give them out to local merchants around Louisville and Canton because they will usually want to give them out to customers. (Local merchants, school teachers, pastors, dentists, etc.). I am also posting some at library billboards and wherever they are found.

Click & Print: Swallowtail Flyer

It prints two per page, either in color or B/W. You can also share this link on Facebook etc.