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Spring Native Plant Sales Near Bergen County - Let the Shopping Begin

Native bee on Butterflyweed
Native bee on Butterflyweed Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kim Eierman

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J -- One of the great ironies of native plants is how hard they can be to find. You would think that endemic plants would be sold at most nurseries and garden centers. While it is getting easier to track down regional native plants, it is still a challenge. Fortunately, the spring season brings a number of plant sales that specialize in native species or have a selection of natives.

Check out these regional plant sales – and don’t be afraid to travel, many of the same plants are native to all of these states. Just make sure to choose plants that are appropriate for your area and your landscape conditions.

New York

April 30 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (all natives)

April 30 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (some natives)

May 5 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (some natives)

May 21 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (all natives)

May 21 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (some natives)

June 3 & 4 and June 10 & 11 (time TBD) (all natives)

  • Long Island Native Plant Initiative
  • Suffolk County Community College
  • 121 Speonk Riverhead Rd.
  • Riverhead, NY 11901
  • http://www.linpi.org/

Connecticut

May 7 9 a.m. -4 p.m. (some natives)

May 14 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (some natives)

May 20 TBD (orders due by April 30) (all natives)

New Jersey

April 23 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (all natives)

May 14 & June 11 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (all natives)

May 20 & May 21 (all natives)

May 20 3 pm – 6 pm; May 21 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

May 20 & May 21 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (all natives)

  • New Jersey Audubon Society
  • Nature Center of Cape May
  • 1600 Delaware Ave
  • Cape May, NJ 08204
  • www.njaudubon.org

June 4 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (all natives)

June 4 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (all natives)

These native plant sales will usually have knowledgeable volunteers available to help you select appropriate plants for your landscape. A shopping tip before you go – when buying native perennials, make sure to buy in quantity. You want to create easy targets for pollinators and other wildlife. And don’t forget native trees and shrubs for wildlife habitat and food sources.

Kim Eierman, a resident of Bronxville, is an environmental horticulturist and Founder of EcoBeneficial . When she is not speaking, writing, or consulting about ecological landscapes, she teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center and Rutgers Home Gardeners School.

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