Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dr. Dan Duran Talks About Native Plants for Food 6/15/15

Here is an announcement from the South East Chapter of the Native Plant Society of NJ for the June meeting which will feature Dr. Dan Duran as the Speaker on growing native plants for food.


MONDAY, June 15, 2015, 7:00 PM

We are excited about our local NPSNJ chapter that serves native plant enthusiasts in Atlantic County and Cape County as well as anyone from areas west or north who would like to join us. We hold eight evening meetings a year on the 3rd Monday of the month (September, October, November, February, March, April, May, and June). We are delighted that Stockton College’s Sustainability Program – specifically the Campus Farm Native Plant Project – is sponsoring us and making it possible for us to have meetings in an easily-accessible location and a comfortable setting with the necessary “smart room” equipment.

Our June meeting will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Monday, June 15, 2015, in room B-012 at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Gardening with Native Plants for Food by Daniel Duran

Native plants can be used to improve the ecological value of our landscapes in a variety of ways. One potential benefit that most of us have never considered is the use of our native flora for food.  Dr. Duran will discuss how we can integrate this newly-recognized approach to promoting sustainability into our fruit and vegetable gardens. 

We welcome Dan Duran back to Stockton College where he received a BS in Environmental Sciences. Dan is currently an assistant professor at Drexel University where he teaches a course on Native Plants and Sustainability. He is also adjunct faculty member at the Barnes Foundation Arboretum.

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.)

Directions to B 012:   Easiest:  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 across from the Arts & Sciences Building. B-012 is on the ground floor.   Second-Best 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.  

We look forward to seeing you there

Jesse Connor, Jack Connor, Barbara Fiedler, and Jean Riling

For more information, contact Jesse Connor, Jack Connor, or Barbara Fiedler at email:

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Native Plant Sale at the Absecon City-wide Yard sale event. 6/6/15

I will be selling my organic native plants at the Absecon city-wide yard sale, this coming Saturday 6/6/15. As the weather has been quite cool lately, it looks like its still a good time to plant. In addition to plants there will be yard sale items from my family members and lots of other sales nearby if you like yard-sailing, as I call it. Below is a list of what I plan to bring as well as some pictures of  milkweeds as well as plants I am carrying for the first time, Giant Swamp Sunflower, and Sticky Catchfly. And I will bring plenty of Milkweed.

The sale will be held at 703 Ambassador Dr, Absecon, NJ 08201 from 8-4pm on Saturday, 6/6/15. Raindate is Sunday.

Sticky Catchfly
Giant Swamp Sunflower
Swamp Milkweed

Bee Balm

Aster novae-angliae - New England Aster

Aster laevis - Smooth Blue Aster

Liatris spicata - Blazing Star

Solidago sempervirens - Seaside Goldenrod

Echinacea purpurea - Purple Coneflower

Helianthus giganteus - Giant Sunflower new 2015

Oenthera fruticosa - Sundrops

Panicum virgatum - Switchgrass

Typha angustifolius - Cattails new 2015

Seashore Mallow

Eupatorium perfoliatum - Boneset

Phlox stolonifera - Creeping Phlox

Silene caroliniana - Sticky Catchfly New 2015

Sedum ternatum - Wild Stonecrop

Lysimachia ciliata - Purple Fringed Loosestrife

Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed

Prickly Pear Cactus, Opuntia humifusa

Butterflyweed - Asclepias tuberosa

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. 6 pk for $4.00 each. Jalapenos, Lettuce, Scallions, Cilantro, Beefsteak tomatoes, Basil, these are nice size plants, no chemicals.

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.