OUR HABITAT RESTORATION                                                          

Eastern Columbine

CONSTRUCTION SITE RESCUES After over 25 years, we have rescued thousands of plants from the blade of the bulldozer. From Native Azaleas to Trilliums, to Violets, and Fern. Milkweed and Joe Pye Weed, Monarda and so many many more. What was once barren, is restored. Songbirds now nest in the Oaks and Maples, feed in the Wildflowers and and scratch on the forest floor. Frogs, Turtles, Salamanders, Newts, and Snakes find refuge and food along the side of a pond, under a rotting log. The soil is alive with centipedes, worms, and grubs. Pollinators of all types visit the natives in bloom throughout the year. Butterflies, Bees, Wasps, and Beetles. We continue to rescue and propagate, increasing the diversity of our little wild place. Learn More........

BUTTERFLY GARDENING                                                                  

Male Black Swallowtail on Garden Phlox

POLLINATORS NEED US, WE NEED THEM I have been raising butterflies and releasing them for over 50 years and from coast to coast. In these 5 decades we have seen tremendous habitat loss, and increase in chemical and insecticide use in the outdoors. Houses without pets or kids maintain lawns that have monthly applications of fertilizers and pesticides, killing our Butterflies and other pollinators. And running into our storm drains and into our waterways.  Landscaping design is easy to maintain, with little or no thought to pollinators who help produce the very food we depend on.  We have turned our yards into a green desert. We have forgot what the outdoors was meant to be. Year to year we add to our habitat, to ensure that our little wild place is a happy place. Learn more...........

JERSEY'S PLANT PICK : PURPLE MILKWEED

  Purple Milkweed -Asclepias purpurascens. Has a similar appearance to Common Milkweed. However, the plants are smaller and the flowers are a darker color than the lighter colored Common Milkweed. This can also be a finicky species. While we have nearly a hundred plants in one garden, it does not produce a lot of pods and therefore seed collecting is minimal.What was three seedlings, matured and spread by roots, however they are no aggressive like Common Milkweed.

 Our plants grow mixed in a very thick perennial bed created for Butterflies. Sprouting among Iris, Salvia, Rudbeckia, Coneflowers, Monarda and others. As noted, it gets sun until early afternoon and then shade in the heat of the day. This seems to make them happy as they have reproduced rapidly over the last three years. We have added zero amendments to the soil. However, the bed is on a slope so there is no standing water at any time.

If you can get this to grow in your garden, it is an amazing milkweed species!

THE NATIVES ENJOY COMPANY                                  

It's a great big world out there. While we love to save and grow natives, we also include any plants that benefit our wild friends. And there is so much to collect. Salvias from South America, Primroses from Europe, Impatiens from Tibet, and on and on.

While we want everyone to enjoy the world of plants, one needs to keep in mind that there are plants out there that can escape the garden. Invasives wreak havoc upon our woodlands, meadows and waterways. Plant wisely.

Our gardens abound with natives and non natives alike. We constantly search the internet and local nurseries for new plants to add to the gardens that can be host plants or pollinator friendly. Like we said it is a great big world out there, bring a little home. Learn more............


Tiger Lily - Lilium tigrinum