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When buying wildflowers, make sure they are propagated, not removed from the wild! If you have any doubt, ask! Some plant species have been driven to extinction in the wild due to the collection of wild plants!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 11th, at 10:30am, Dr. Randi Eckel from Toadshade Wildflower Farm will be presenting Good Bugs-Bad Bugs! Who’s Who? to the Somerset Master Gardeners at the Somerset County Extension Building (310 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater Township, NJ 08807). Determining which insects are beneficial and which are pests can be confusing. Randi will help sort it out and discuss some management strategies to help you strike the right balance in your garden. This event is free and open to the public. After the presentation, Randi will have a wide selection of native plant seeds for sale. Who knows— if this non-winter weather keeps up, she may bring along some plants for sale as well. Email us at toadshade@toadshade.com if you would like to place a pre-order for pickup.

Thursday, March 12th, Dr. Randi Eckel from Toadshade Wildflower Farm will once again be teaching at the National Garden Clubs Landscape Design School at Rutgers (Rutgers Gardens, Holly House, 130 Log Cabin Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816). This year she’ll be presenting Plants in the Landscape and Plant Selection as part of the Landscape Design School Course II Curriculum. Contact https://gardenclubofnewjersey.com/landscape-design-school/ for more information & registration. She’ll have along a wide selection of native plant seeds for sale, as well. Email us at toadshade@toadshade.com if you would like to place a pre-order for pickup.

Sunday, March 15th, from 11am to 1pm, Toadshade Wildflower Farm will be back at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmer's Market (111 Mine St, Flemington, NJ 08822). We’ll have a wide selection of native plant seeds for sale— and weather permitting, we‘ll have some plants for sale as well. Email us at toadshade@toadshade.com if you would like to place a pre-order for pickup.

Tuesday, March 17th, from 1-3pm, Dr. Randi Eckel from Toadshade Wildflower Farm will present If You Plant It, They Will Come to the Master Gardeners of Camden County, at the Camden County Environmental Center (1301 Park Blvd, Haddonfield, NJ 08033). Butterflies, pollinators, birds, and other wildlife rely on native plants to survive. Randi will discuss the importance of supporting native wildlife within our gardens, show examples of some creatures that rely upon specific plants, and discuss the complexities of attracting rare wildlife (rare butterflies, for example) to our gardens. This event is free and open to the public, and Randi will have along a wide selection of native plant seeds for sale. Email us at toadshade@toadshade.com if you would like to place a pre-order for pickup.

Tuesday, March 17th, at 7pm, Dr. Randi Eckel from Toadshade Wildflower Farm will be at the North Branch Library in Clinton NJ (65 Halstead St, Clinton, NJ 08809) to present The Art and Science of Growing Native Plants from Seed: Why, When, and How to the Hunterdon Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey. As we incorporate native plants into our landscapes, there are many good reasons to use plants propagated from seeds. But wild plants have evolved a dizzying array of mechanisms, including chemical-induced dormancy and mandatory cold stratification, to ensure that their seeds disperse, persevere, and germinate at just the right time under natural conditions. These mechanisms are not in place to frustrate would-be plant propagators, but must be understood to successfully grow native plants from seed. A far-reaching discussion of the issues surrounding seed collection, procurement, and propagation, with information that will encourage the novice and challenge the professional alike. This event is free and open to the public, and Randi will have along a wide selection of native plant seeds for sale. Email us at toadshade@toadshade.com if you would like to place a pre-order for pickup.

Sunday, April 5th from 11am to 1pm, Toadshade Wildflower Farm will be at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmer's Market (111 Mine St, Flemington, NJ 08822) with a wide selection of native plants and native plant seeds for sale. Email us at toadshade@toadshade.com if you would like to place a pre-order for pickup.

Sunday, April 19th, from 11am to 1pm, Toadshade Wildflower Farm will be at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmer's Market (111 Mine St, Flemington, NJ 08822) with a wide selection of native plants and native plant seeds for sale. Email us at toadshade@toadshade.com if you would like to place a pre-order for pickup.

Sunday, April 26th, from 11am to 5pm, Toadshade Wildflower Farm will be returning to the Trailside Nature & Science Center’s Wild Earth Fest within the Watchung Reservation (452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, NJ 07092). It’s a great family festival and we’ll be there with a wide selection of native plants and native plant seeds for sale. Stop by and see us! Email us at Toadshade toadshade@toadshade.com if you would like to place a pre-order for pickup.

Tuesday, April 28th, at 7:30pm, Dr. Randi Eckel from Toadshade Wildflower Farm will be speaking to the Master Gardeners of Bergen County on Making More of a Good Thing! Propagation of Native Plants at the Bergen County Administration Building (One Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, NJ 07601). Learn techniques and tricks for growing native perennial plants from seed. Randi will discuss seed dormancy, scarification, stratification, and other special seed treatments sometimes needed to coax native seeds to grow. This event is free and open to the public, and Randi will have along a wide selection of native plants and native plant seeds for sale. Email us at toadshade@toadshade.com if you would like to place a pre-order for pickup.

Saturday, May 2nd, from 8am to 3pm, Toadshade Wildflower Farm will be returning to the Manada Conservancy’s 20th Annual Spring Native Plant Sale in Hummelstown, PA (Herbert A Schaffner Memorial Park, Parkside Ave, Hummelstown, PA 17036). Members-only sale will be from 8am to 10am, with the event free and open to the public after 10am. Rain or Shine! We will have along a wide selection of native plants and native plant seeds for sale. Email us at toadshade@toadshade.com if you would like to place a pre-order for pickup.

Sunday, May 3rd, from 11am to 1pm, Toadshade Wildflower Farm will be at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmer's Market (111 Mine St, Flemington, NJ 08822), with a wide selection of native plants and native plant seeds for sale. Email us at toadshade@toadshade.com if you would like to place a pre-order for pickup.

Wednesday, May 13th, at 7:30pm, Dr. Randi Eckel from Toadshade Wildflower Farm will be at the New York/NJ Trail Conference Headquarters (600 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430-1199) to present The Role of Native Plants in Landscape Design: Landscaping with a Purpose! to the Bergen/Passaic County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey. Randi will discuss some of the many interactions between native plants and wildlife, while emphasizing the importance of diversity and sustainability in landscape design. This event is free and open to the public, and Randi will have along a wide selection of native plants and native plant seeds for sale. Email us at toadshade@toadshade.com if you would like to place a pre-order for pickup.

Sunday, May 17th, from 9am to 1pm, Toadshade Wildflower Farm will be at the kickoff of the Summer Hunterdon Land Trust Farmer's Market (111 Mine St, Flemington, NJ 08822), with a wide selection of native plants and native plant seeds for sale. Toadshade will be at this market every Sunday until the end of June, so stop by and say 'hello,' and email us at toadshade@toadshade.com if you would like to place a pre-order for pickup.

Thursday, June 4th, Dr. Randi Eckel from Toadshade Wildflower Farm will be helping with the Union County “Swap and Shop” from 5:30-8pm at the Trailside Nature & Science Center within the Watchung Reservation (452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, NJ 07092—look for this event down below the field near the Demonstration Garden). We’ll post a link to the event as soon as it’s available, but the gist of it is that Union County residents can stop by with invasive species that they have dug out of their property and swap them for plants supplied by Union County. Folks (including Randi) will be on hand to help you identify your invasive plants and suggest management techniques and alternatives. Toadshade will also have along a wide selection of native plants and seeds for sale. Email us at toadshade@toadshade.com if you would like to place a pre-order for pickup.

Saturday, June 13th, from 10am to 2pm, Toadshade Wildflower Farm will be at Lambertville Goes Wild's Spring Native Plant Sale at Cavello Park (2 Mt Hope St, Lambertville, NJ 08530). This event is free and open to the public, and there will be a wide selection of native plants for sale, along with educational materials provided by the Native Plant Society of NJ and Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. Email us at toadshade@toadshade.com if you would like to place a pre-order for pickup.

Tuesday, June 23rd, from 7-9pm, Dr. Randi Eckel from Toadshade Wildflower Farm will be at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 E Hanover Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960) to present Summer Science; Attracting Birds and Insects . Come learn the importance of supporting native wildlife! Randi will discuss some of the creatures that rely upon specific plants, and showcase the complexities of attracting rare wildlife (rare butterflies, for example) to our gardens. Randi will also have along a wide selection of native plants for sale. Attendance cost: $15 members/ $20 non-members. Register at arboretumfriends.org, and email us at toadshade@toadshade.com if you would like to place a pre-order for pickup.

This is an ideal time for starting seeds and if you are unsure about what to do our blogs make an excellent resource!

Toadshade is primarily a mail order nursery, and the farm itself is not open to the public. We have, however, recently partnered with our wonderful local hardware store (Frenchtown Home & Hardware), which is now a ‘pick-up’ point for orders, allowing order pickup 7 days a week in beautiful downtown Frenchtown . If you would like to pick up your order rather than having it sent by mail, please simply let us know (with 24 hour notice, M-F), and you will be able to pick up your order at the hardware store’s address (Frenchtown Home & Hardware, 11 Kingwood Ave, Frenchtown, NJ 08825) after receiving pickup details and confirmation from us by phone or email.

Has your group considered a Lecture, Seminar, and Workshop? Randi is an accomplished lecturer and popular public speaker. If you would like her to come share her knowledge with your local group, be they a garden club, a university class, master gardeners, etc. let us know.

Part of our mission is Education so we offer a series of articles as blogs

Let us know if you would like a copy of our printed catalogue.

Our plant descriptions let you know how difficult each species is to start and we have a helpful guide that describe the various techniques that you can use to start native perennial seeds.

There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.

Minnie Aumonier


Photography

All artwork on the Toadshade Wildflower Farm web site, including drawings and photographs is original © 1996-2019 Randi Eckel. To obtain permission to reproduce this artwork, contact Randi.