Native Plant Nursery Road Trip
So I took a trip last friday down to visit 2 other native plant nurseries in our area. First was the Catskill Native Nursery in Kerhonkson. Francis has been running this nursery for 10 years, and it is fabulous. He is such a wealth of knowledge – I could have stayed there all day! They carry a variety of plants native to the Catskills – and some plants that aren’t native as well – such as herbs.
They have gorgeous display gardens. I caught some flowering northern honeysuckle and northern bayberry covered in berries – both great native shrubs that I have as well – although I sold out of the honeysuckle at the beginning of this year – but I plan to have more next spring. The honeysuckle stays low – only getting about 3 ft high – so it is a great ground cover shrub. And the bayberry berries have the highest fat content of our native berries – so they are great fuel for birds migrating in the fall.
They also sell pitcher plants, cranberries, arrow arum, and other plants that you can use to make your very own ‘bog bowl’. What fun! I brought home a pitcher plant and some ladies tresses and am going to put my own together. I hope to be able to expand these plants as well at some point.
The perennials are just rows and rows of color. You can get lost wandering through them! And behind them is a great shade section. They didn’t have the natural shade like we do from our maple trees – but the shade structure they built is really cool looking – and adds to the feel of the whole place.
Water lilies, shrubs, and trees – they have it all! If you plan a visit – be sure to leave yourself plenty of time. The drive down is gorgeous – you should plan to make a day of it if you can. For more info about the nursery their website is www.catskillnativenursery.com. I’ll write about my visit to Project Native later that day in the next post.