There are 4 bills in the package. Please read more about the bills: Use of Native Plants & Seeds. The bill package now goes to the Assembly Speaker for further consideration.

Highway Beautification Not Just About Aesthetics

Driving through a garden usually isn't a commuter experience, but drivers on the Atlantic City Expressway will see colorful patches of native flowers along the sides of the highway.

Read more: click here: Michele Byers on Highway Beautification

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Finally, we found it: Turkeybeard

Turkeybeard, Xerophyllum asphodeloides

Turkeybeard: Xerophyllum asphodeloides

Turkeybeard is not rare but certainly uncommon. It is difficult to be at the right place at the right time to see them. 

When they are in bloom you can't miss them.

Read more about them:  Read More

They bloom late spring so I put them in our spring collection  Spring Photo Gallery.

A close up look: What is this?

What is this This is part of a plant viewed through a microscope. What is it? Find out and more photos

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Effects of overabundant deer and other factors in northern New Jersey

This is a scholarly article documenting the regional changes to forest understories since the mid-twentieth century by Jay F. Kelly Ph.D., Raritan Valley Community College

He looks at changes in species and size of woody plants and the impact of deer on them. Other factors are studied also, however, deer is the overwhelming factor. He compares old data, current data and data from deer exclosures.

From the abstract: "Because deer strongly reduce tree recruitment, shift species composition, and reduce understory cover across large spatial scales, they represent a significant concern for forest managers and an issue that should be effectively addressed."

Average deer population in NJ in 1998 was 38 deer per sq. mi. When deer population is higher than 10 deer per sq. mi. then deer impact becomes evident. The highest regional densities of 75 per sq. mi. occurred in northern-central New Jersey

We see the deer impact where ever the land is not covered with buildings, asphalt or grass!

Please read: Effects of overabundant deer and other factors in northern New Jersey

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It was Blooming Now

Here they are:

NOT IMPRESSED? -- We traveled all the way down to the Pine Barrens to see them. They are endangered in NJ.

Read more about them:Read More

Also visit our Spring Photo Gallery.

2019 Plant of the Year: Hirst's panic grass

Hirst's Panic Grass

A grass was chosen this year because grasses don't get enough love and they are vitally important to our ecosystems and our environment.

Dichanthelium hirstii is a species of grass that is known from three sites in New Jersey, one site in Delaware, two sites in North Carolina and one site in Georgia.

Read more: click here: Hirst's panic grass

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Find out everything there is to know about the native flora of New Jersey, learn from the experts on native plants, get the latest on interesting activities near you, or join one of the many opportunities to participate in the growing national native plant movement — right here in the Garden State.

The Native Plant Society of New Jersey is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation, protection, and study of the native flora of New Jersey. Founded in 1985, we have hundreds of members across the state, and are organized into county and regional chapters. Our members include gardeners, horticulturists, naturalists, landscape designers, students, and native plant enthusiasts from all walks of life.

We conduct regular lectures and presentations with featured speakers on topics ranging from introduction to native plants, gardening with natives, identification and appreciation of the beautiful flora and ecosystems of New Jersey, ecological landscaping, and much more. Our annual meeting is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the native plant movement in New Jersey. We organize nature walks and garden tours, dispense advice on design and maintenance of native gardens and landscapes, and have helped establish native plant gardens around the state.