SPRING SALE: May 16-17
We thank our 2015 Ernst Conservation Seeds Native Plant Lecture Series Sponsor
Spring Native Plant Sale: May 16-27
Time: 10 AM to 4 PM
Location: Visitor Center Parking Lot
Download the Spring 2015 Native Notes Newsletter
View last year's Plant List to get an idea of our selection
Ernst Conservation Seed Native Plant Sale Lecture Series:
Ann Raver, May 2: My Life in Gardens
Bill Cullina, May 16, 1 pm. Why You Can't Buy a Forest in a Can
Bill Cullina, May 16, 5 pm. Shocking Plant Secrets Caught on Camera
Mark Feily, May 17, 1 pm. Wildlife Friendly Meadows
The Hawk Mountain Native Plant Sale features helpful volunteers, a strong educational component, and an incredible mix of native trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, ferns and flowers. Come browse or buy, and learn more about the importance of natives.
All plants separated by habitat, such as sunny/hot or shady/wet. We make it as easy as possible for you to buy plants that will thrive in your home landscape. The Hawk Mountain sale also features helpful volunteers, tips on attracting wildlife and a strong educational component. AND we help you carry your plants back to your vehicle or we're happy to store them until you're ready to leave. How's THAT for service?!?
About the Native Plant Garden
Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Centrally located between the Visitor Center, parking area and trailhead entrance, the two-acre Native Plant Garden boasts more than 250 species of native flowers, trees, shrubs, grasses and vines which attract more than 40 species of butterflies and countless birds. In the pond can be seen painted turtles, frogs and newst, as well as dragonflies and damselflies. A bird blind overlooks a second, smaller pond, with meadow in rear. Discreet sitting areas encourage lingering.
A dedicated group of garden volunteers led by Caretaker Ryan Beltz helps to tend and improve the garden. A work area that includes composting, storage and potting stations as well as modest greenhouse allows our team to propagate natives for sale, for use in the garden, and also for select native garden projects in the local community.
Much is new and underway, including:
- New timberframe entrance is attractive and functional
- New cedar railings and pathway to better see fern species
- Plant markers and QR codes help to learn more and identify plants
Upcoming plans and Wish list:
- Replace old and damaged deer fencing, and reposition so fencing does not abutt to the Visitor walkway (grant submitted to Pennsylvania DCNR)
- Restore meadow area in rear of the garden and open this area to visitors (now underway!)
- Replace bird blind with a canopy viewing area for a unique birding approach. Area below this 'tree house' viewing spot will provide additional, ground-level viewing.
Support the Native Plant Garden Today
Make a gift online now and in the comments section, note "Native Plant Garden," OR contact Ryan Beltz, Caretaker, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-756-6961.