(PRINCETON, NJ) -- D&R Greenway has announced that its over sixty species of healthy local plants are ready for their annual Native Plant Sale. Purchases may now be arranged on-line, through April 28. Pre-order as soon as possible to secure preferred selections. Safe and easy pick-ups, on May 6, 7 and 8. Planting natives enhances regional gardens in beauty as well as in usefulness to native creatures, especially pollinators.
The Nursery is on the grounds of D&R Greenway’s Conservation Campus at the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, [off Rosedale Road] Princeton, NJ 08540. The land trust requests that purchasers arriving for pick-up be masked. Its 44 miles of preserve trails are open for memorable hikes, following COVID-19 guidelines. Native Plant Sale proceeds support D&R Greenway’s preservation and stewardship mission.
The Johnson Education Center’s ca. 1900 barn is not currently open to the public. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, 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 made significant changes with regard to Native Plant sales, to safeguard purchasers and staff, meanwhile enabling gardeners to enjoy their vital spring planting tradition.
Tina Notas declares, “We are pleased that our proven on-line purchasing process allows regional gardeners to select vibrant native flora, transforming home landscapes into bountiful habitat for all seasons. Our broad array of plants has been selected to benefit wild species specific to New Jersey’s unique ecosystem. Turning home gardens into habitat benefits locally evolved species, in both critical breeding and migratory seasons.”
D&R Greenway’s comprehensive online catalog provides images of in-stock plants, thorough plant descriptions, and pro-tips from D&R Greenway’s experienced Stewardship team. The catalog clearly addresses specific home garden conditions, such as filtered sun and varying soil conditions. Possibilities include “Herbaceous Shrubs, Plants and Trees.” Purchasers’ have their questions answered through catalog information.
D&R Greenway’s native trees, shrubs, perennial wildflowers, grasses, sedges and ferns are grown either on-site or purchased from reputable local native-plant growers. Native Plant Nursery specimens are grown from locally sourced starter plants, and are free of harmful nicotinoid insecticides. Planting natives that evolved locally requires less maintenance, in terms of fertilizer, water and pesticides.
D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST is in its 32nd 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 over 21,000 acres, including over 44 miles of trails open to the public.
Photos by Tina Notas