We’ll be ordering and picking native wildflowers and ferns from the nursery in time for pick up during the Bluebells Festival on Sunday, May 1 at 1 pm. Over 100 species available for order. The plant sale will continue with additional species offered when they are ready to go.
You can view and print the order form. Mail the complete form with your check made payable to “EMNC”, to:
Endless Mountains Nature Center
Attn: plant sale
1309 Vosburg Road
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Why Native Plants?
Because native plants are adapted to the growing conditions where you live, they are often easier to grow, and less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten out our native plant species.
There is also a strong, ecological connection between native plants and the insect and animal world, especially the bird population. These populations have evolved with the native plant population and have become dependent upon certain plants. For example, an oak tree can support over 500 species of moths and butterflies, amongst other insects, while a Bradford Pear (a common ornamental non-native) won’t. The more insects, the more bird food available. Most terrestrial birds feed their young insects. So although you might be providing food for the adult birds with ornamental non-native plants, you won’t be providing food for their babies, which will ultimately impact their population.
As with any plant that you want to grow, however, the right plant must be matched with the right spot. There are a myriad of native plants that thrive in every type of habitat imaginable. It’s your job to do some research to find the best species for your hot, dry slope, that wet swale in the back, or the dry shade under your oak tree.
What are native plants?
Native plants occurred in the region before settlement by Europeans, are uniquely adapted to the soil and climate of the area, and play an important role in plant and animal communities.
If you would like to attract birds, butterflies, hummingbirds, or pollinators to your landscape, native plants are the way to go. These plants evolved with birds, butterflies, hummingbirds and pollinators and provide the habitat and food they need in your own backyard.
Why should I plant native plants?
Because they are fun, beautiful and easy! And they were living here long before we arrived with our fertilizers and pruners. Once established, they provide 4 seasons of carefree beauty if they are properly sited. They play an important role in the environment and support beneficial insects, butterflies, birds and wildlife.
How do native plants support pollinators and why is that important?
Many beneficial insects require native plants for their habitat – whether it be food or shelter. Some insects require the nectar or pollen, others eat the leaves, still others may live in the hollow stems of dormant native perennials. Pollinating insects are essential to our own survival. One-third of all the food we eat has been created with the help of a pollinator. Insects themselves are essential to the ecosystem for all the services they provide, from decomposition services to being food for predators. Native plant gardens are most fun when we share them with insects!
Will native plants grow in my garden?
There are native plants adapted to thrive in any condition from wet, soggy clay to dry, gravelly soil, and from hot sun to full shade. When well placed, they do not require watering, fertilizer or pesticides. Native plants provide four seasons of pleasure, with flowers in the spring, berries in the summer, brilliant colors in the fall and interesting bark and twig patterns in the winter.
What difference does it make if I plant a native or non-native?
The seed from non-native plants can travel a distance from your garden, via birds and animals. Invasive plants have been known to take over waysides, waterways and roadsides – – Miscanthus grass, purple loosestrife and bamboo are a few examples. Once they are on the “highway system” its a short trip to natural and naturalized areas. We all need to garden as if we lived on the edge of the woods.
Do native plants have ornamental value?
Yes! You will find striking blossoms, beautiful fall color and winter architecture. And they also attract fascinating butterflies, birds and beneficial insects, adding an entirely new dimension of delight to your garden.
What about all the great non-native plants?
Non-native plants can spread so vigorously that they displace natives, as well as the insects, birds, and animals that feed on them. Invasive plants can push rare – and not-so-rare – species to the brink of extinction. Over the past 200 years, several thousand foreign plant and animal species have become established in the United States, and about one in seven has become invasive. Controlling just a single invasive can carry a price tag in the millions.
No one can predict when, or whether, an exotic plant will become invasive. Rather than using non-natives in your garden that could someday be a problem, plant natives — they belong there. When well placed, they require very little maintenance. They also provide pollen for our bees, berries for our birds, and food and habitat for our wildlife.