Saturday, May 28, 2016


Native Plant Opportunity......Absecon City-wide Yardsale 6/4/16

What could be better than shopping for native plants and bargain hunting too? This coming Saturday 6/4, from 8am -4pm, I will have the native plants for sale at the annual city-wide yard sale in Absecon. In the spirit of finding bargains, I will have some special deals. At shows the plants are usually offered in a 5 pack for $18.00. This Saturday they will be 5/$17.00. or 10/$30.00, which is just $3.00 per plant. Single plants are $3.50 each.

The weather is still good for planting. There is shade plants, pollinator favorites, moon garden plant, salt tolerant plants... something for every garden and as always, free advice. The following species will be available:

Aster novae-angliae - New England Aster
Aster nemoralis - Bog Aster
Chrysopsis mariana - Maryland Golden Aster
Aster laevis - Smooth Blue Aster
Aster tenuifolium - Perennial Salt Marsh Aster
Liatris spicata - Blazing Star
Spirea tomentosa - Steeplebush
Solidago sempervirens - Seaside Goldenrod
Solidago erectus - Slender Goldenrod
Echinacea purpurea - Purple Coneflower
Hibiscus palutris - Rose Mallow
Helianthus giganteus - Giant Sunflower
Helainthus angustifolia - Narrow leaf Sunflower
Oenthera fruticosa - Sundrops
Sorghastrum nutans - Indian Grass
Schizachirium scoparium - Little Bluestem
Panicum virgatum - Switchgrass
Panicum amarun - Coastal Panic Grass
Typha angustifolius - Cattails
Penstemion digitalis - Beard Tongue
Kosteletzkya virginiana - Seashore Mallow
Eryngium aquaticum - Marsh Rattlesnake Master
Eupatorium perfoliatum - American Boneset
Eupatorium rotundafolium - Round leaf Boneset
Salvia lyrata - Lyre leaf Sage
Sedum ternatum - Wild Stonecrop
Lysimachia ciliata - Purple Fringed Loosestrife
Lysimachia lanceolata - Lance leaf Loosestrife
Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed
Butterflyweed - Asclepias tuberosa
Prickly Pear Cactus, Opuntia humifusa

The address is 703 Ambassador Drive Absecon, NJ 08201 which is located in Absecon Estates behind the Shoprite and City Hall/Heritage Park.

Organic vegetable plants will also be available for $1.00 each.
There will also be household goods for sale, from 2 -3 families.

The weather looks like its going to be splendid, so come on out and find bargains city-wide.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day 2016

Swamp Milkweed - Asclepias incarnata
Earth Day is truly a time to reflect on our planet and all the gifts we receive from her, our food to eat, our water drink, air to breath and fire to keep warm. Its a day to realize how all things on our planet are connected and interdependent on each other. As a plant person, I think of the symbiotic relationships plants have with soil fungi, insects' relationships with plants, a bird's dependence on both, annual weather patterns which control the cycles of the flora so that the fauna may benefit. Its all tied together. And its beautiful.

For 26 years now the Atlantic County Utilities Authority has been celebrating Earth Day honoring our precious Mother Earth. This year it will be held Sunday, April 24th from 10am-4pm at their facility in Egg Harbor TWP. All the vendors and exhibitors are earth friendly themed. I love this event and have been participating for many years now. This year I will give a talk on my pollinator garden, my own living science lab and share what I have learned from it over the past two years so that others may also learn.

I will also be having my first sale of the year at my table near the food court. Speaking of food, last year there was a vendor there who was selling Chokeberry jam and Beach, made from local native plants. There are also beekeepers who sell local honey. All of these items are made via the labor of our pollinators. As pollinators' numbers have declined in recent years, it is important we do all we can to help the, out, after all we depend on them, the tiny unsung heroes.

Here is a list of some of the pollinator favorite plants I will be offering for sale:

Giant Sunflower - Helianthus giganteus

Giant Sunflower           


Orange Coneflower

Brown Eyed Susan

Purple Coneflower


Seaside Goldenrod                          

Anise Hyssop

Wild Stonecrop

Lyre Leaf Salvia

Bee Balm

Wild Bergamot

Blue Verain

Wild Pinks

In addition to my talk there will be other eco-friendly talks on bees, rain barrels and permaculture as well as live entertainment by Valerie Vaughn who is awesome by the way. Why not come out and spend the day? There is much to do and see, and I do hope to see you there. Be well.

Monday, March 21, 2016

2016 Spring Has Sprung

Yesterday sure didn't feel like spring. Most of winter was warmer then yesterday and last night when it began to snow. But despite last night's snowfall, Spring is officially here as are my backyard visitors. Our mild winter however has brought them here even sooner than usual it seems. The Bluebirds and Mourning Cloaks appeared two weeks ago and I heard Spring Peepers on February 29th, Leap Year Day, no pun intended. The seedings are emerging as are the garden plants. And I have heard the calls of the Pine Warblers. So I believe we are on our way to seeing the beautiful spring green leafbudding soon. This always brings me a happy feeling and I believe I would be correct in saying many would share that sentiment.

My plans for the property this year are to install a native fruit orchard where Blueberries, Blackberries, Chokeberries, Beach Plums, Cranberries and Ostrich Ferns will grow. I will also be expanding the native moon garden and hope to be able to start the rain garden.

Perennial Salt Marsh Aster
I have sown a new species this year to offer in the nursery, Perennial Salt Marsh Aster, Symphyotrichum tenuifolia, which is  great for coastal gardens as it is salt tolerant and blooms along with the Seaside Goldenrods. I am happy that they have germinated well, and hopefully will be ready in late summer. I am interested to see if it will bloom the first year as many fall blooming plants do. I have also geminated some Pink Turtlehead, Chelone lyonii, a more southern species, for the first time.  

I love talking about the plants and once again plan to hold a workshop at the ACUA annual Earth Day fair. I will be talking about how to make a pollinator garden. I created one two years ago here on the new property and it really took off and has been "abuzz" ever since. I will be sharing my tips for helping folks start one.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful year and that I will be seeing you all, my friends and customers at the fairs and festivals. And please feel free to send me a message if you have any questions on native plants. I will be happy to help. Be well and happy Spring!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

First Annual Open House Fall Native Plant Sale


Earth First Native Plant Nursery
4054-A Tremont Ave, Egg Harbor TWP, NJ 08234

No appointment needed - open house

Fall is a great time to plant and benefits plants by allowing them to grow their root systems over the winter and establish themselves by spring.
All plants are of chemical/pesticide-free and benefit local wildlife

Most plants are in 4 inch pots, some are in 1 gallon pots
Many plants are seed propagated from local eco-types.
Cash and local checks accepted.
Species available include:
Blue Eyed Grass - Sisyrinchium atlanticum
Slender Blue Flag - Iris prismatica
Bog Aster  - Oclemena nemoralis
Smooth Blue Aster - Symphyotrichum leave
New England Aster - Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
Giant Sunflower - Helianthus giganteus
Narrow-leaved sunflower - Helianthus  angustifolius
Swamp Milkweed - Asclepias incarnata
Butteflyweed - Asclepias tuberosa
Sneezeweed - Helenium autumnal
American Boneset - Eupatorium perfoliatum
Swamp Rose Mallow - Hibiscus palustris
Seashore Mallow - Kosteletzkya virginica
New York Ironweed - Vernonia noveboracensis
Narrow-leaf Cattail - Typha angustifolia
Little Bluestem - Schizachyrium scoparium
Switch Grass - Panicum virgatum
Prickly Pear - Opuntia humifosa
Coral Honeysuckle - Lonicera sempervirens         
Seaside Goldenrod - Solidago sempervirens
Great Blue Lobelia - Lobelia syphyllitca
Sticky Catchfly - Silene carolinana
Foxglove Beardtongue - Penstemon digitalis
Wild Stonecrop - Sedum ternatum
Brown Eyed Susan - Rudbeckia triloba
Blazing Star - Liatris spicata
Monkey Flower - Mimulus ringens

The weather is great for planting right now. The sunflowers and asters are in bloom or bud and will make great additions to your fall d├ęcor. Get a head start on Spring and come check it out.
New England Aster


Swamp Milkweed
Blue Eyed Grass
Narrow-leaf Sunflower

Friday, September 18, 2015

Native Plant Sales

Don't miss this opportunity to purchase locally grown native shrubs and trees.

When: Saturday Sept 19, 2015 10am - 2 pm

Where: Clemenson Farms Native Nursery,
108 Linwood Ave.      Estell Manor NJ 08319

This nursery is a wholesale nursery, but runs retail days three times a year. This is their fall 2015 sale.

These are the folks I always recommend to my customers looking for native shrubs and trees. Fall is a great time to plant shrubs and trees.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

NJ Native Plant Society Fall Meeting, Nov 7, 2015

This looks to be good. I especially look forward to the discussion on other insects as I have had so many in my new pollinator garden. Also this is a great chance to see Douglas Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home." Join the society and receive a discount on the fee. I have been to several of these meetings. They do not disappoint. I look forward to going as well.

Native Plant Society of New Jersey                

Fall Meeting
Membership Registration
Member Registration for the Fall Meeting of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey is now open.

"Native Plants: The Birds and the Bees"

In partnership with the Raritan Valley Community College Department of Biology and Environmental Science.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
118 Lamington Road 
Branchburg, NJ 08876 

 -  Author and professor Doug Tallamy will be speaking about the connection between native plants and birds.
 -  Toadshade Wildflower Farm owner Randi Eckel will offer up a discussion on other insects worth getting to know and protecting beyond the honeybee and the monarch butterfly. 
 -  Students in the Biology Program at RVCC will discuss results of their research documenting the impact of invasive plants and deer herbivory on bird populations 
 -  Graduate student Sam Nestory from the University of Delaware will share her research results on non-chemical controls for Japanese Stiltgrass.

Of course, fall is the time for planting, and so there will be a native plant sale and a Native Plant Seed Swap 

Fees are: $55 non-members, $35 members (includes admission and lunch)

To register go to  Brown Paper Tickets to the NPSNJ Fall Conference or enter in your browser

Milkweed for Monarchs at September Meeting of NJ Native Plant Society Southeast

Come on out to see Pat Sutton, a great and accomplished expert. There will be a book singing as well. I know Pat and she is very dedicated to helping the Monarchs out. You won't want to miss this.

Native Plants Society 
of New Jersey
Southeast Chapter  
Our September Meeting
The Southeast Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey

Reminder: Our September Meeting
The next meeting of our Southeast Chapter will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Monday, September 21, 2015, in room C-134 at Stockton University.  
"Milkweeds for Monarchs" a program & book signing by Pat Sutton.  Monarch butterflies make the most amazing migration of any insect in the world.  Join Pat to learn all about their life cycle and journey from Mexico to the U.S. and Canada, and back to Mexico for the winter months.  Their future depends on healthy milkweed stands here in the U.S. where their numbers multiply (spring through fall).  There are many different and beautiful native milkweeds that you can plant in your own garden or in community gardens to help create a path of milkweed from Mexico to Canada that will benefit monarchs.  Plant it and they will come!  Don't plant it and someday they may not come.
Pat Sutton  has studied the natural world for over 30 years, as the naturalist at the Cape May Point State Park in the 1970s and 1980s and then for 21 years as the naturalist and program director at the Cape May Bird Observatory.  Today Pat is a free-lance writer, photographer, educator, lecturer, tour leader, and wildlife garden consultant.  For more information go to Pat and Clay's website:
Directions to C-134:
To reach C-134:  Park in Parking Lot #1 or #2 and bear right walking down the hill, following the signs to Alton Auditorium. Enter the A-D Building by the main doors (will be on your left, across from the Arts & Sciences Building). Go upstairs one flight:  C-wing will be on your right, halfway down the hallway.  C-134 is at the far right end of C-wing.  Alternative (slightly longer) Route: Park in Parking Lots #3 or #4 and walk through the Campus Center Building, then bear right as you exit.  Go down the hill and enter the A-D building on your left and turn right as you enter.   Go upstairs one flight:  C-wing will be on your left, halfway down the hallway; C-134 is at the far right end of C-wing. 
If you would like to be updated with details about our future meetings, please contact Jesse Connor at:  (Contacting this site will put you on the list for monthly meeting information, field trip info, and timely updates.)
Jesse Connor, Jack Connor, Barbara Fiedler, and Jean Riling
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