Gardening and Landscaping

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There is plenty that homeowners can do in their own backyards to help the environment and to live healthier lives. Do you enjoy birdwatching? Plant a native habitat in your backyard. Do you love fresh vegetables and flowers? Try your hand at organic gardening. The links below on native habitat and will help you get started and will keep you going. Native plants are best bought from nurseries to ensure that they are propagated rather than picked from the wild. Many native plant associations also sell seeds or host native plant sales in the spring.

Interested in composting? Don't forget that Lower Merion township provides free compost to residents willing to shovel and transport it. Check out this site for all the information you need to get started and to keep going.

Vendors selling Native Plants

Brandywine Conservancy at Brandywine River Museum — 610-388-7601
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve in Bucks County — 215-862-2924
Delaware Nature Society at Ashland Nature Center — 302-239-2334

Mail Order

Appalachian Wildflower Nursery
723 Honey Creed Rd., Reedsville, PA 17084

Fairweather Gardens
Box 330, Greenwich, NJ 08323

Wild Earth Native Plant Nursery
Box 7258, Freehold, NJ 07728

Niche Gardens
1111 Dawson Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Roslyn Nursery
211 Burrs Lane, Dix Hills, NY 11746

Website links to other resources about native plant landscaping and organic gardening

Native Habitat Creation Resources

Backyard Wildlife Habitat
This National Wildlife Federation sponsored site provides excellent information on creating backyard wildlife habitat and certifying your backyard wildlife habitat through their certification program.

Bowman's Hill Wildlife Preserve
Link to information on Native Plants.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
This site is sponsored by the non-profit organization LadyBird Johnson Wildflower Center. The purpose of the center is to educate people about native plants. It is a very comprehensive site that includes general information as well as more specific information through various links.

Eastern Montgomery County Waste System Authority
Learn about hazardous waste collection and where to dispose of it in Montgomery County.

Maryland Native Plants
Although this site is specific to Maryland, its proximity to Pennsylvania makes this site a good resource for Pennsylvanians interested in creating native habitats.

Pennsylvania Flora Project
The Pennsylvania Flora Project is a project undertaken by the Morris Arboretum. This site provides information about native flora throughout the region.

Pennsylvania Native Plant Society
Link to information specifically dealing with native plants in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Southeast Regional Office
Learn about how to be involved in local environmental affairs in Southeastern Pennsylvania, report environmental complaints and learn about sustainable techniques to manage stormwater.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service – a federal agency -- provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment. Technical resources reports include Soils Mapping, etc.

USA Environmental Protection Agency: Sustainable Landscape Page
USA Environmental Protection Agency – a federal agency – provides information here for the homeowner interested in native landscaping. Additional information on the benefits and techniques of natural landscaping.