Eco-conscious gardeners know that planting native species provides essential food for local wildlife, in both migration and in breeding seasons. Along with exciting native wildflowers such as cinnamon fern, milkweed, echinacea, foam flower, cardinal flower, wild columbine and jack in-the-pulpit, the nursery offers native shrubs, trees, and grasses. D&R Greenway Land Trust’s plants are grown from locally sourced starter plants and are free of harmful nicotinoid insecticides. A full catalog is available online at www.drgreenway.org.
D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Native Plant Sales will be held Friday, May 31, 3 – 6 p.m.; Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. – 12 noon; Friday, June 7, 3 – 5:00 pm and Saturday, June 8, 9 am – 12:00 noon at D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery. This is adjacent to the Johnson Education Center. One Preservation Place, Princeton, 08540. Sales will be held on Friday afternoons, 3 – 5:00 pm throughout the summer with the exception of the 4th of July and Labor Day weekend. Free event; no need to register. www.drgreenway.org.
“We are excited to invite the public for the seasonal opening of our Native Plant Nursery and offer plants that sustain our local ecosystem,” said D&R Greenway’s new Director of Land Stewardship, Tina Notas.
Home native habitats contribute to a healthy, biodiverse ecosystem. Of prime importance is the relationship of native pollinators with New Jersey’s native plants. Turning the home garden into natural habitat fosters crucial partnerships, such as monarch and milkweed. Native plants, belonging here, require less in terms of irrigation and fertilizer.
D&R Greenway Land Trust has preserved more than 20,000 acres of land in central New Jersey, fulfilling its mission to preserve a network of natural lands and open space accessible to the public. The land trust is committed to inspiring a conservation ethic through all its programs, including increasing awareness of the benefits of native species. Habitat restoration projects began on D&R Greenway lands. Native plants’ usefulness extends even beyond home gardens to local schools, municipalities and other non-profits.
This press release was provided by D&R Greenway Land Trust.