On Sept. 6 and 7, Rosedale Nurseries in Hawthorne is again hosting a Native Plant Appreciation Weekend as a benefit for the nonprofit Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College in Valhalla.
Volunteer personal shoppers and nursery staff will be on hand to offer advice about native plants and which ones might do well in your particular setting. There will also be free talks about native plants both days at 11 a.m. A percentage of all sales for the weekend will be donated to the Native Plant Center.
Late summer and early fall is a great time of year to plant new shrubs, trees and perennials because the weather is cooler and there is still plenty of time to get them established before winter.
Rosedale carries the area’s largest selection of hardy trees, shrubs and perennials, and many of them are naive — and home grown.
“Our Nursery Department produces a wide variety of field-grown, tree and shrub species on approximately 500 acres of our farms in Westchester, Orange and Ulster counties,” says Rosedale owner Dan Taylor. “As the farms are in our hardiness zones and on native soils, our trees and shrubs are well adapted to the Hudson Valley region.”
IF YOU GO
What: Native Plant Appreciation Weekend
When: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7
Free 30-minute talks: “Native Substitutes for Overused Exotic Species” by Carolyn Summers at 11 a.m. Saturday; “Host Plants that Support Butterflies and Other Pollinators” by Kim Eierman
Where: Rosedale Nurseries, 51 Saw Mill River Road, (Route 9A), Hawthorne
Information: rosedalenurseries.com, 914-769-1300
C. Powers Taylor and his son Dan, the owners of Rosedale Nurseries.