Sunday, September 20, 2020

Fall Native Plant Bulk Purchase - orders due Sept 23

The spring bulk purchase went very well. We had 38 people participate in the purchasing, distribution, and planting of over 3000 native plants and cultivars!  And there is still one more delivery of Aster Heath 'Snow Flurry' expected to arrive in late September.  All-in-all, the plugs we received were high-quality some of which are already blooming, including the first year Butterfly Milkweeds!

During the numerous pickups and pleasant interactions, many of the spring participants expressed interest in purchasing additional plugs for the fall season. Here's the short list of hardy northeast perennials wanted so for this fall:

Latin Name

Common Name 'Requested Cultivar'


Achillea millefolium

Common Yarrow

Adiantum pedatum

Maindenhair Fern

Allium cernuum

Nodding onion

Anaphalis margaritacea 

Pearly Everlasting

Anemone virginiana

Tall thimbleweed

Asclepias incarnata

Rose milkweed

Aureolaria virginica 

Downy Yellow False Foxglove

Echinacea purpurea

Purple Conflower 'White Swan'

Eurybia divaricata 

White Wood Aster

Heurechera Americana

American alumroot

Hydrastis canadensis


Liatris spicata

Dense blazing star

Lobelia siphilitica

Blue cardinal flower

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Hairawn Muhly

Pycnanthemum muticum

Blunt Mountainmint

Scutellaria incana 

Hoary Skullcap

Solidago caesia 

Blue-stemmed Goldenrod

Symphyotrichum cordifolium 

Blue Wood Asters

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 

Aromatic Aster


Any Native

If you are interested, email me which variety of native plants you want, regardless whether it's on the list above or not, and how many plugs you want.  I need to hear from you before September 23!  If so, I will do my best to fulfill all requests where we have a critical mass. Though we try to source regionally, we are able to use a few mid-western nurseries to get those out-of-stock and hard-to-find plugs when needed. The average purchase cost per plug was around $2, which included initial purchase, shipping, supplies, fees, and NYS taxes.



Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Local Food Insecurity Conversation on May 18

What a powerful conversation! 

Guest speakers from Roots & Wings Kitchen Garden and CSA, the Dobbs Ferry Food Pantry, Spring Community Partners and Sustainable Dobbs shared their work as we looked ways to collaborate for a common goal. 

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Native Perennials Conversation with Peter Strom

Get a little guidance on figuring out what native perennials are right for you!

Below is a Zoom chat with horticulturist Peter Strom, owner of Strom Horticulture LLC and known for his work at the O'Hara Nature Center in Irvington. He spoke about the plants on native plant plugs bulk buy that is being organized (see list below - more info in blog), what experience he has had growing them and answered specific questions.

I'll purchase a flat of 50 or more plugs once there's a critical mass of committed gardeners for each variety.  In a few cases, potted plant purchases may become a smarter choice for specific varieties, TBD. Shipments will most likely occur between early-May and mid-July to coincide with plant maturity and availability from the wholesaler. For preliminary cost references, Asclepias Tuberosa (Butterfly Milkweed) is around ~$1.40/plug where as Mertensia Virginica (Virginia bluebells) is around $4.40/plug, not including shipping.

With respect to logistics and social distancing: if we do place an order, I strongly prefer repayment through PAYPAL or VEMNO with cash/check only as a last resort. Plug pickups will be left on our walkway within a prearranged 30-minute window with 30-minute buffers between each pickup, no exceptions. Thank you for your understanding.

What's next?  Email me your variety and quantity commitments as well as any questions you have. Hurry though, I would like to place our first order May 5th!  I will follow up with additional communications with order, shipment, and repayment details as folks sign-up.

(518) 209-5541