An event every day that begins at 3:00pm, repeating until September 17, 2016
The D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Fall Native Plant Sale will be held Friday, September 16, 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m. to noon, at D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery at the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton. During the Native Plant Sale, D&R Greenway nursery staff and volunteers will be available to advise on the best choice of plants for gardening projects. Free. Additional fall plant sales will be held on Fridays, Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14 and 21, 3 to 5 p.m. 609-924-4646 www.drgreenway.org
“Fall is a great time to plant because there is less chance of drought than in the summer,” said D&R Native Plant Nursery Manager Emily Blackman. “You can plant as late as November, depending on when we get our first real frost.
“Gardeners should leave the vegetation/seed pods standing on their grasses and perennials at least until the seeds have matured and dispersed from the plant, or been eaten by wildlife,” Blackman said. “Seeds are a big part of the food resources available to wildlife, and we want the seeds to spread so that we get more native plants. Ideally, grasses/perennials should be left standing all winter to provide cover. They can be cut down in the spring if gardeners prefer a neater aesthetic. Shrubs, of course, will have their woody vegetation standing all winter.”
D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery is a community resource for regionally native plants. Using native species provides essential food for wildlife and contributes to a healthy and biodiverse ecosystem, all while creating low maintenance plantings.
Native plants are adapted to central New Jersey’s climate, making them more drought-resistant than most exotic plants, and also provide essential food and habitat resources for wildlife. Of particular concern are migratory species that depend on native plants for fuel before and after their long journeys, and for food and nesting materials during breeding season. Current well-known examples include the monarch butterfly and rufa red knot, dependent specifically on the milkweed and the horseshoe crab, respectively, for their survival.