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D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Autumn Native Plant Sale
Oct 12, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
One event on Oct 13, 2018 at 9:00 am
D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Autumn Native Plant Sale will be held Friday, October 12 from 3 to 6pm and Saturday, October 13 from 9am to noon, at D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery. This is adjacent to the Johnson Education Center. One Preservation Place, Princeton, 08540. CEO/President, Linda Mead, just finished with planting her home perennials, reminds us, “Autumn is a GREAT time to plant! Getting native perennials in the ground now gives them to settle; for roots really to establish themselves. Winter brings sufficient moisture in several forms. Then spring can arrive with all those bright fresh green shoots.” Free event; no need to register. 609-924-4646 www.drgreenway.org.
Eco-conscious gardeners know that their planting native species provides essential food for local wildlife, in migration and in breeding seasons. Along with exciting native wildflowers, the nursery offers native shrubs, trees, and grasses. D&R Greenway Land Trust’s plants are grown from locally sourced starter plants and seed. A full catalog is available online at www.drgreenway.org/PlantCatalog.html.
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 Staff member, Deb Kilmer, encourages regional gardeners to “plant in the fall, to gain a head start on spring growth. It also promises early nutrition for birds, bees and butterflies.”
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.