Why plant Benthamidia japonica (kousa dogwood), which, according to ecologist Doug Tallamy supports no native insects (and thus feeds no birds), when you could plant a Benthamidia florida (flowering dogwood), and feed 117 species of native insects (and a lot of birds)! Let’s plant for wildlife.
Development — cities, suburbs, highways, strip malls, grazing land, miles of crops, 40 million acres of lawn – have taken over 95 percent of the wilderness that first greeted the Pilgrims. Scientists find a 1 to 1 correspondence between habitat loss and the loss of plant and animal species.
At our sales, choose from plants native to Rhode Island, New England and Eastern North America.
• Plants are organically grown, from seed or cuttings, by knowledgeable local gardeners, so they are sturdy, disease-free specimens with healthy roots.
• Experts will be available to explain the needs of the plants, and their role in sustaining pollinators and birds.
• Native plants for a variety of conditions – sun, shade, wet, dry – are available, and knowledgeable gardeners can suggest plant combinations and tips on how to grow them successfully.
• Both plant sales include Rhody Native™, plants grown from locally collected seed, which means these specimens are genetically more diverse and better adapted to local conditions than those commercially grown, which are often cloned from a small number of plants.
• A collector’s plant table at the June Sale, including the double forms of Trillium grandiflorum (white trillium) and Sanguinaria canadensis (blood-root) and Cypripedium parviflorum (yellow lady’s slipper) awaits the connoisseurs! But come early; these rare beauties are soon snatched up.