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Nature Center of Cape May plant sale

By On Deck Staff

Make your gardening easier this spring with the Nature Center of Cape May’s annual “Native Plant Sale.” Orders are being accepted now through May 1.
The nature center’s ninth annual sale includes fifty-two species of native perennial flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees. 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,” just in time for Mother’s Day or any special gardening enthusiast in your life.
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. Garden packages include design plans that eliminate worrying about what to put where.
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 the Nature Center of Cape May at 609-898-8848 for a catalog and order form, or visit njaudubon.org/centers/nccm, and click on the Annual Plant Sale link.
Plants may be picked up at the nature center between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on May 16 and 17. The Nature Center of Cape May is located on the shores of Cape May Harbor, 1600 Delaware Ave., in Cape May.

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