E M U L A T E N A T U R E I N Y OUR B A C K Y A R D W I T H
TECHNIQUES LEARNED AT THE NDAL CONFERENCE
O n T h u r s d ay, M a r ch 1 5 a t Rick Darke (author and consultant)
NATIVE Westchester Community College, The
NPC will co-sponsor The Layered
a n d L a r r y We a n e r ( L a r r y We a n e r
Landscape Design Associates).
PLANT Landscape: Creating Natural Gardens While garden plans are often static
From the Ground Up with New t wo - d i m e n s i o n a l d o c u m e n t s, o u r
Directions in the American Landscape native landscapes consist of
(NDAL), an org anization focused on i n t e r wov e n and mu l t i - l a ye r e d
AT WESTCHESTER educating professionals about native/ tapestries that transform dramatically
N EWSLETTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE natural landscape design. Although ov e r t i m e. I n t h i s c o n f e re n c e w e
N UMBER 18 p l a n n e d f o r l a n d s c a p e a r ch i t e c t s, will illustrate how plants g row and
designers, planners and other prolifer ate in their nat ive ha bitats,
FIRST N ATIONAL A FFILIATE professionals, it will be of interest to a n d h o w t h a t i n fo r m a t i o n c a n b e
O F THE
L A D Y B IRD J OHNSON W ILDFLOWER C ENTER a n yo n e i n t e r e s t e d i n e c o l o g i c a l u s e d t o c r e a t e m o r e dy n a m i c
landscaping and native plants. landscape gardens.
T h i s y e a r ' s c o n fe r e n c e w i l l b e Re g i s t r at i o n f o r m a n d f u r t h e r
U PCOMING EVENTS p r e s e n t e d by n a t i o n a l l y r e n ow n e d conference details available on the web
February 3 - Carolyn Summers speakers: William Cullina (New at www.nativeplantcenter.org , or on
Pre-Sale Plant Selection Workshop E n g l a n d Wi l d F l ow e r S o c i e t y ) , the 2007 Lecture insert in this newsletter.
March 1 I NVENTORY I NCREASES F OR THE 2007 N ATIVE P LANT SALE !
Plant Pre-Sale Order Deadline by Carolyn Summers, Plant Sale Chair
Now that winter is finally here, it Nursery in Connecticut (see related
March 3 - A. Megaro & B. Fischer
must be time to order new plants for article on page 2) and another local
Sow & Grow Natives Workshop
spring from The Native Plant Center ! source, Pinelands Nursery in New
M a rc h 1 5 - Wi l l i a m C u l l i n a , Members should have received a copy Jersey. We continue to expand our
Rick Darke & Larry Weaner of the Plant Pre-Sale list. By ordering offering of affordable groundcovers,
NDAL: The Layered Landscape early you will have the best chance of grasses, annuals and short-lived
getting some truly extraordinary plants perennials sold as economical,
April 28 - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. this year. The 8th Annual Wildflower easy-to-plant “plugs.” Finally, this
2007 Wildflower & Native Plant Sale & Native Plant Sale will be held on year we’re going for the butterflies,
Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. - noon offering even more plants than usual
May 7-12 - National Wildflower Week
at Westchester Community Colleg e. that butterflies find irresistible,
Visit www.nativeplantcenter.org for
Once again, we have some hard-to- including, by special request, limited
events around Westchester County
f i n d n a t iv e p l a n t s f ro m t h e N e w quantities of the monarch’s favorite:
May 7 - Carolyn Summers E n gl a n d Wild Fl o we r Society common milkweed, Ascle pias syriaca,
Gardening with Nature (NEWFS), the venerable institution as well as the usual butterf lyweed,
based in Massachusetts that runs Asclepias tuberosa, and the rare
May 8 - Brooke Beebe Garden in the Woods. These plants are nodding milkweed, Asclepias exaltata.
Tour of the NPC Demonstration Gardens rarely available in the commercial Vi s i t T h e C e n t e r ' s we b s i t e at
nursery trade, but be aware that www.native plantcenter.org for Pre-
May 10 - Carol Gracie
quantities may be limited, so order Sale Plant Photo Gallery. For design
A Closer Look at Spring Wildflowers
earl y! All plants from NEWFS ar e suggestions to stimulate your creative
May 17 ethically propagated and true to name. vision, we have indicated which plants
NPC Members' Spring Field Trip In addition, we are fortunate to be might be appropriate for “Butterfly
Teatown's Wildflower Island able to again offer plants from McCue’s Border” and “Shady Grove” designs.
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MCCUE'S NATIVES NESTLED IN FOR THE WINTER
by Carolyn Summers behind the present-day McCue’s McCue about some of his failed attempts
Nursery). Success with pansies has to prevent stands of precious wildflowers
Tucked away on a quaint residential expanded to success with a vast inventory from being mowed down and bulldozed
street in Connecticut, McCue’s Nursery of perennials, including some of the more all around him in suburban Connecticut
is easy to miss. But if you drive slowly difficult to propagate native wildflowers, gave me a slightly different perspective.
down the street, a few telltale signs - a such as Painted Trillium. Bruce’s evident love of his wildflowers
glimpse of some tarps and equipment in Although not strictly a native plant clearl y outweighs any business motive
back of a modest home – provide clues nur ser y, McCue’s specializes in nat ive t h at wo u l d b r i n g h a r m t o w i l d
confirmed by a small sign hanging from wildflowers. Tucked away in the back of populations.
the house. A walk around back reveals the nursery are permanent beds holding As it is the policy of The NPC to offer
the amazingly compact nursery that thousands of stock plants of trilliums, only nurser y-propag ated native plants,
p ro d u c e s 4 0 0 , 0 0 0 p e r e n n i a l s o n l e s s orchids and other wildf lowe rs. Most n o n e o f t h e r e c e n t l y r e s c u e d y e l l ow
than three acres. propagation is by division. This rich store ladyslippers will be offered at our sale.
I interviewed owner Bruce McCue as of plants was built up over the years by We are pleased, however, to be able to
h e wa s i n t h e p r o c e s s o f p u t t i n g t h e careful, licensed collecting. Bruce o f f e r m a ny of M c C u e ’s ow n nu rs e r y -
nursery to bed for the winter. Most of the maintains contact with a network of plant p r o p ag at e d w i l d f l o we r s, i n c l u d i n g
tightly packed rows were already covered people, including one 80-year-old man ladyslippers from McCue’s own stock.
by wh i t e p o l y e s t e r “ b l a n ke t s ” p u l l e d who runs salvage operations “in front of ” We are interested in the opinions of
tight over homemade hoops that keep the the bulldozers. Bruce showed me a small our members on the subject of plant
snow from cr ushing the plants. T his section of bed just planted with over 400 r e s c u e / c o l l e c t i o n . We we l c o m e yo u r
coming season marks the 40 t h year of yellow ladyslippers salvaged from a site thoughts on whether you feel our policy
o p e r a t i o n f o r M c C u e ’s N u r s e r y. T h e for a new Walmart. is too protective, or not protective enough.
teenage Bruce McCue started propagating N ow a d ay s, m o s t n at i ve p l a n t A n d , r e g a r d l e s s, we h o p e t o s e e yo u
plants on a bet with the original enthusiasts consider any type of salvage voting with your pocketbook at our 2007
Comstock and Fer re Company (located collecting suspect. Speaking with Bruce Native Plant Sale on Saturday, April 28.
A W ILDLIFE M INI -M EADOW G ROWS U NDER Editor's Choice
M Y K I T C H E N W I N D OW - - - L I M I T E D S PAC E ?
NO PROBLEM - LET WILDFLOWERS & NATIVES WORK FOR YOU!
by Sandy Morrissey Natives:
1. * Monarda (beebalm). To p
A fritillar y butterfl y f loats by. T he perf or ming variety is ‘R aspber r y Wine.’
ruby-throated hummingbird helicopters in 2 . L o n i c e r a s e m p e r v i r e n s ‘ M a g n i f i c a .’ A
for a sip of salvia. The bees are busy on native trumpet honeysuckle.
the black-eyed Susan. I enjoy this whirl of 3. Echinacea purpurea (purple
activity outside my kitchen window as I c o n e f l o we r ) . B i r d s, especially
M e a d ow A n e m o n e - A n e m o n e c a n a d e n s e
pour my own nectar – a glass of diet Coke. g oldfinches, love its seeds # 53 in the 2007 Pre-Sale
Two summers ago I removed a bed of 4. Phlox paniculata (g arden phlox).
overgrown evergreens and replaced them F ra g r a n t . ‘ R o b e r t Po o r e ’ a n d ‘ B r i g h t
Ey es’ g rea t choices. Hummingbirds also nectar at my
with plants that I knew – after years of
5 . * R u d b e c k i a n i t i d a ‘ H e r b s t s o n n e.’ native Heuchera and Lobelia cardinalis,
wildlife gardening - would attract birds
Attracts butterflies, bees and other also hosta, lantana, zinnia, and impatiens.
and butterflies. My new garden outside
flying insects. Birds like its seeds. Butterflies visit my *Asclepias tuberosa
my kitchen has been such a delight. In a
6. * Liatris (gay feather). A native that ( bu t t e r f l y we e d ) , * a s t e r s, *E u p a t o r i u m
space that is only 15 feet by 6 feet, I
attracts the most different species of p u r p u r e u m ( Jo e - p y e we e d ) a n d S e d u m
created a meadow. butterflies. ‘Autumn Joy’– all important late-summer
I have listed the top ten best plants in Non-Natives: and fall-blooming perennials.
my g a r d e n i n H a r t s d a l e f o r l u r i n g 7. Buddleia davidii (butterfly bush). Fo r m o r e i n fo r m a t i o n o n p l a n t
wildlife of the winged variety. All these Butterfly nectar plant. culture or questions, please e-mail
p l a n t s d o we l l i n my “ p a r t - s h a d e ” 8 . Salvia g uaranitica . My #1 humming- Sandy at email@example.com.
property. Plan to add these plants to your bird plant. Visit www.nativeplantcenter.org for the
g arden in the spring and you, too, can 9 . Ve r b e n a b o n a r i e n s i s . G r e a t f o r b o t h
complete version of this article.
enjoy this gorgeous fauna flitting amongst hummingbirds and butterflies. Sandy Morrissey is a Bronx River-Sound Shore
your beautiful flora. Similar species offered 10. Nepeta faassenii (catmint). Both Audubon board member and an avid birder,
in our 2007 Plant Sale are marked with *. butterflies and hummingbirds visit often. b u t t e r f l ye r a n d ga r d e n e r .
ANDREW SPANO R ECEIVES NPC' S E NVIRONMENTAL AWARD WELCOME M EMBERS
County Executive Andrew J. Spano is the first recipient of the Lady Bird Johnson
Our deepest thanks go to our members who
Environmental Award, which recognizes an individual or group for environmental support us, and we encourage you to join them.
advocacy and/or leadership, particularly involving native plants. He received the
award from Brooke Beebe, director of The Native Plant Center, at the Art Show Gala C ONSERVATORS
Betsy Ster n* Lucille Werlinich*
on October 14, 2006 at Westchester Community College. Mr. Spano was honored
primarily for his 2001 Executive Order, which mandates the planting of wildflowers S USTAINING MEMBERS
and native plants on Westchester County properties.
S UPPORTING M EMBERS
Phyllis Harris-Clements* Laura B. Blau*
NATIVE N EWS Brooke M. Beebe
G IFT M EMBERSHIPS
Mrs. William Gaylin* Bill Hawkey Patricia Young
On January 9, The Native Plant Center Roxana Robinson shared a fine essay
w a s p ro u d t o a c c e p t t h e M i l l e n n i u m with us called The Monarch and the Jane Bloomer Julie Bouchet-Horwitz
Trophy award given by the Westchester Milkweed which begins, “Near my back John Whitton Bria Kay L. Buhler Nancy A. Dexter
Jean Fitzpatrick Mrs. Vivian S. Frommer
Fa i r f i e l d H o r t i c u l t u r a l S o c i e t y. T h i s door is a tall straggly plant, with an Maryann Gallagher
award has been presented annually awkward shape, nearly colorless flowers. Joann L. Pasquale Marceil Tooley
since 2000 to a g roup or an individual If you saw it you’d think it was a weed, R ETURNING M EMBERS
w h o h ave c o n t r i bu t e d t o h o r t i c u l t u re and you’d be right. I planted it.” Turns Ms. Helen Stier Kathleen Strader
in the local community. out she planted the common milkweed U PGRADED R ENEWALS
(A s c l e p i a s s y r i a c a ) , t h e b e s t n a t i v e Christine Detmer* Sandra Morrissey*
milkweed for Monarch butterflies' eg gs. Clare M. Pierson* Peg gy S. Rice*
S ave t h e d a t e , Jul y 2 5 – 2 7, f o r (We’re selling that plant, along with two
T h e N a t i v e P l a n t C e n t e r ’s t r i p t o R ENEWALS
other milkweeds, in our Wildflower and Ms. Lynne Arnold K atherine Barnard
Connecticut and Massachusetts! We have Native Plant Pre- Sale this year.) For the Jeri D. Barrett Brooke Beebe* Ms. Libby Brennesholtz
an exclusive invitation to a private 450 full essay, visit our website.
Margot Burgheimer Philippa S. Cacciato*
Linda H. Champanier* Susan Colombaris*
acre estate in the northwest cor ner of Claire Christ Crasto Toby Cr ystal Lydia Dallis
C o n n e c t i c u t . A t o u r o f t h e n at i ve ********************* Frances Dearing Harriet Delihas
m e a d ows, l a rg e a r e a s o f p l a n t e d a n d On Garden Conservancy Open Day on Gracemarie Dell’Angelo* Marie DeNoris
Barbara M. Dille Lisa L. Dorfman*
managed woodlands, a formal reflecting Jul y 1 5 , we a r e d e l i g h t e d t h a t N a n c y Janet M. Dunckley June Farnham Micki Gilbert*
pool, and a highly refined cutting garden H o u g h w i l l b e b a ck a t WC C t o Kathy Golden Ken & Jean Halajian
will be lead by the designer of the natural demonstrate how she raises monarchs Mary Hinrichs Eleanor Hoffman Lauretta Jones
Maxine Jewel K aplan* Esther Kates Ellen Klein
plantings, Larry Weaner, who will discuss from egg to butterfly. Also, she will hold Hugh Knowlton Sally A. Krefting
the design, planting and management a butterfly-rearing workshop here on July Charles J. Lercara Marybeth Weston Lobdell*
Pat Macgregor Patricia MacNaughton Bea Maguire*
techniques behind this unique landscape. 28 at 10 a.m. Sign up for the workshop on Vera Matic K athleen McArdle Michelle McNally
From there we will proceed to historic the Lecture Registration Form. Rosalind B. Mendell Leonard Miller
Pru and Clark Montgomery Sandra Carr Motland
D e e r f i e l d . V i s i t s t o g a r d e n s, h i s t o r i c M o n a rc h b u t t e r f l i e s we re ve r y Mrs. Stanley Newhouse Sophia Perry Karen Ragins
homes and native nursery Nasami plentiful in the Northeast this year, and Nancy Rice* Elizabeth Roach Kaaren B. Rousseve
Farms will follow. we’re hoping for a repeat performance this Trish Schroer Arthur Lott Scinta Elsie Smith*
Jean Sparacin Jack Stadler* Penny Ste ppacher
ye a r. T h e N P C b e c a m e a c e r t i fi e d Grace M. Stuart, MD Theresa Mae Tori
********************* Monarch Waystation in October. We are Rober t L. Tranzillo Justine Troia
Helen Weber John & Phyllis Zekauskas*
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Parks to celebrate Westchester Wildflower The Garden Club of Yorktown
about tapping into the talents of our
We e k M a y 7 – 1 3 . T h e s e t h r e e D ONATIONS
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organizations will co-sponsor the Jane Beers Gracemarie Dell’Angelo
wo u l d n’t h a ve f ab u l o u s f l o we r
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THE NATIVE PLANT CENTER’S 2007 SPRING LECTURE SERIES
PRE-SALE PLANT SELECTION WORKSHOP S OW & G ROW N ATIVES W ORKSHOP
WITH P ERSONAL S HOPPERS - MEMBERS ONLY SPACE LIMITED - R EGISTER EARLY
Carolyn Summers Anne Megaro and Barbara Fischer
Saturday, Febr uar y 3 Saturday, March 3
10 – 12 noon at WCC 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at WCC
Plant Sale Chair Carolyn Summers will begin by Have you tried to grow your own meadow (or just
showing slides of many of the plants listed in the some impatiens) from seed and failed? Take this
2007 Pre-Sale List growing in her own garden. course and learn from the mistakes of your teachers!
Then, NPC members can consult with our own Class covers the basic techniques and pitfalls of seed
“Personal Shoppers.” They’ll help you choose the sowing as well as the more advanced requirements
best plants for your garden from our better-than- of many native perennials. This hands-on program
ever Pre-Sale List. NPC members: your list will supplies you with soil, packs, seeds and bags for
arrive in late January. Bring your copy and we can seeded packs. You will sow and take home packs of
help you fill out the Order Form. Enjoy a morning Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine) and Asclepias
with our volunteer experts and learn more about tuberosa (butterfly weed). Proper transplanting and
our wonderful natives. Join as a member to attend. aftercare will also be demonstrated.
Carolyn Summers w orked for New York City’s De par tment Anne Megaro has been teaching planting techniques for 20 years at
of Environmental Pr otection as the Director of Natural Resources W ildclif f Greenhouse in New Rochelle. As Field Coordinator for
for seven years, and implemented a new native plants policy Groundwork Yonkers, Inc., she works on envir onmental projects.
for all agency construction projects. She currently works as a
Barbara Fischer, a Master Gardener, runs the after-school greenhouse
self-employed consultant on a variety of environmental issues
program for The Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry. She is the
and is the Chair of the NPC’s Wildflower and Native Plant Sale.
Co-Chair of the NPC’s Steering Committee.
C ELEBRATE W ILDFLOWER WEEK AT
THE NATIVE PLANT CENTER IN MAY
G ARDENING WITH N ATURE A CLOSER LOOK AT SPRING WILDFLOWERS
Carolyn Summers Carol Gracie
Monday, May 7 Thursday, May 10
5 - 7 p.m. at WCC 5 - 7 p.m. at WCC
Integrating native plants with your garden design The wildflowers that brighten the Northeastern
is fun and easy and this program will stimulate woodlands in spring are more than just a delight
your creativity. This speaker will use examples for the eye and a lift for the winter-weary spirit.
from her own g a rdens in Westchester and the Come learn about the interesting life histories of
Catskills, and will cover plants for beauty and some of your favorite spring wildflowers. Topics
wildlife in shade, sun, wet and dry conditions. w i l l i n cl u d e a d a p t a t i o n s fo r e a r l y b l o o m i n g,
S h e w i l l s h ow h ow t o u s e n o n - n at iv e p l a n t s medicinal and other uses, the origin of wildflower
responsibly by explaining some basic plant names, and pollination and seed dispersal.
re productive strate gies, with the emphasis on
gardening with nature rather than against
Carol Gracie is the co-author of Wildflowers in the Field and
nature for much better results. Forest: A Field Guide to the Northeaster n United States published
in 2006. She is also a co-author and photographer for a two
Car olyn Summers worked for New York City’s Depar tment volume work on the plants of central French Guiana. Since 1983
of Environmental Protection as the Dir ector of Natural Resources Carol has organized and led natural history tours for The New
for seven years, and implemented a new native plants policy York Botanical Garden. Destinations include the Amazon, the
for all agency construction projects. She currently works as a Galapagos, and European sites known for their scenic beauty and
self-employed consultant on a variety of environmental issues profusion of wildflowers. Carol lectures on wildflowers, both local
and is the Chair of the NPC’s Wildflower and Native Plant Sale. and from afar, and on some of her travel destinations.
T HE LAYERED L ANDSCAPE - NDAL S PEAKER BIOGRAPHIES
William Cullina is the Nursery Director at Nasami Far m and Head Propagator at the Garden in the Woods,
both of which are owned and operated by the New England Wild Flower Society. He is also the author of
Nati ve Trees, Shr ubs and Vines and Gr owing and Pr opagating W ildflowers. His newest book, Nati ve Fer ns, Moss
and Grasses will be published in the fall of 2007.
Rick Darke heads a Pennsylvania-based consulting firm focused on landscape ethics, photography, and contextual
design. He has been photographing and studying North American plant communities for over 30 years. His
work has been featured on National Public Radio and is ref lected in his many books including The American
Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Fo r est and his la test, The Enc yclopedia of Grasses for
Li vable Landscapes. For further infor mation see: www.rickdarke.com
Larr y Weaner is president of Larr y Weaner Landscape Design Associates, a natural landscape design/build
fir m that he founded in 1982. He has lectured throughout the U.S. and his projects have been featured in
numerous publications. He is a past board member and environmental committee chair of the Association of
Professional Landscape Designers, and developed the New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL)
educational series in 1990.
N ATIVE PLANT CENTER 2007 L ECTURE REGISTRATION FORM
SAVE P OSTAGE & P APER - I NCLUDE Y OUR E-M AIL A DDRESS TO R ECEIVE Y OUR C ONFIRMATION
R EGISTER A FRIEND AT REGULAR PRICE AND SAVE $2 ON YOUR REGISTRATION
REGISTER FOR 3 OR M ORE L ECTURES AND S AVE $5 ON THE T OTAL R EGISTRATION F EE
Pre-Sale Plant Selection Workshop
(FREE - OPEN TO MEMBERS ONLY ) N/A Street
Sow & Grow Natives Workshop City
(Fee: $25 non-member, $22 member)
NDAL: The Layered Landscape
(Fee: $118 non-member, $110 member) Day Phone:
(Fee includes lunch and breaks)
( Le c t u r e c o n f i r m a t i o n & directions will be e-mailed to you.)
Gardening with Nature
Please make checks payable to WCC Foundation
(Fee: $20 non-member, $18 member)
I wish to pay by credit card (Visa/MC)
A Closer Look at Spring Wildf lowers
(Fee: $20 non-member, $18 member)
Raise Butterflies at Home (See Native News)
(Fee: $20 non-member, $18 member)
Card Holder’s Name
Lectures Sub-Total $
Card Holder’s Signature
Subtract Applicable Discount $
Total Amount Enclosed $
Send or fax registration to: Additional
The Native Plant Center Registrants’
Westchester Community College Foundation
Hartford Hall Name(s)
75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY 10595 Address(s)
Fax: (914) 606-6143 Phone: (914) 606-7870
Special discounts on lecture fees for senior citizens and WCC staff members/students. Phone for details.