Orders are being accepted now through May 1 for the Nature Center of Cape May’s annual “Native Plant Sale.
Plants are selected specifically for traits including drought tolerance and their benefit to wildlife such as butterflies, songbirds, and hummingbirds, along with their ability to beautify the landscape.
Highlights include the Beach plum shrub, which produces tartly delicious fruit in addition to beautifying the landscape, and the Cardinal flower, with bright red flowers that attract hummingbirds and last well into fall.
A few nonnative (and noninvasive) butterfly-attracting species are offered as well, such as the showy Butterfly Bush, loved by Monarch butterflies.
This spring, the nature center is offering a special “Plant Sale Gift Certificate.” Gardeners will also be especially interested in the special meadow, seaside, butterfly, and hummingbird plant packages available at greatly discounted prices.
The new meadow collection has been added to correspond with the publication of NJ Audubon’s new guide, Meadows on the Menu; Recipes for Creating a New Jersey Native Wildflower Meadow. The Nature Center’s perennials, trees, and shrubs are large and well developed. The minimum two-quart size allows the plants’ beauty to be enjoyed almost immediately. And, the more plants ordered, the cheaper the price!
Call 609-898-8848 for a catalog and order form, or visit our Web site at njaudubon.org/centers/nccm, and click on the Annual Plant Sale link.
Plants may be picked up at the nature center, 1600 Delaware Ave., between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on May 16-17.
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