D&R Greenway announces native plant sale

Photo by Carolyn Foote Edelmann

Beginning May 6, D&R Greenway Land Trust will be selling native, local plants for its annual Native Plant Sale, with pick-up dates on May 15 and 16. Due to the pandemic this year, plants must be pre-ordered. D&R Greenway urges gardeners to order soon to secure first-choice selections. 

A safe and easy pick-up procedure will provide gardeners with plants to beautify local gardens. The Nursery stocks more than 100 species of plants, which can be part of attractive landscapes as well as provide shelter and food for birds, pollinator insects and butterflies. Trees, shrubs, perennial wildflowers, grasses, sedges & ferns are grown either on-site in D&R Greenway’s nursery or purchased from reputable native plant growers for resale to support our environment and D&R Greenway’s mission. Proceeds from sales help D&R Greenway steward its open space and preserves, which are enjoyed by many for their trails and connection to nature. 

D&R Greenway’s comprehensive catalog provides images of in-stock plants, thorough plant descriptions, and pro-tips from D&R Greenway’s experienced stewardship team. The catalog also addresses specific home garden conditions, such as filtered sun or specific soil conditions. Purchasers’ questions may be answered through the catalog information. Native Plant Nursery specimens are grown from locally sourced starter plants and are free of harmful nicotinoid insecticides. The added benefit of planning natives that evolved locally is that they require less in maintenance in terms of fertilizer, water and pesticides. Director of Land Stewardship for D&R Greenway Tina Notas is managing this year’s Native Plant Nursery sale, which, in the past, has been an in-person garden event.

The Johnson Education Center’s ca. 1900 barn is not open to the public at this time, though the land trust’s popular preserves and trails remain open for public enjoyment. In compliance with COVID 19 restrictions, at this time, plant advice cannot be offered at time of sale. Purchasers are requested to wear a mask when they arrive for scheduled pick-up. The land trust has been careful to put practices in place that safeguard purchasers and staff, while still enabling gardeners to enjoy the spring planting tradition.

The Nursery can be found virtually at  https://drgreenway.org/shop/native-plants/.  Physically, the Nursery is located on the grounds of D&R Greenway at the Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540. www.drgreenway.org  609.219.0368. 

Also of note: It is no secret that planting natives is the top choice for ensuring a healthy biodiversity in our local landscape, as described in University of Delaware Entomology Professor Doug Tallamy’s dynamic new book, Nature’s Best Hope, which has already achieved New York Times bestseller status. Tallamy is renowned for expertise on crucial pollinator/plant interactions. Described as “a quiet revolutionary”, Tallamy’s theme is that homeowners must now “take environmental action [literally] into their own hands, one yard at a time.” D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center has hosted Tallamy more than once, speaking to local audiences and garden clubs on his first best-seller, Bringing Nature Home.

Submitted by D&R Greenway Land Trust, which is in its 31st year of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. Through continuous preservation and stewardship, D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved, 21,000 acres, including over 33 miles of trails open to the public.The Johnson Education Center, a circa-1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway’s home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land. 

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