WHEN: Native plants for sale Friday, October 12: from 3 – 6 p.m.; Saturday, October 13: from 9 a.m. – 12 noon
WHERE: D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery adjacent to the Johnson Education Center. One Preservation Place, Princeton
ADMISSION: Free event; no need to register.
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.”
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.
D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 29TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. Through continuous preservation and stewardship—caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity—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 more than 20,000 acres, an area greater than 20 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, including 30 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.