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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!

Coronavirus Update

Hello Friends,

Toadshade Wildflower Farm is committed to keeping both our employees and our customers safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to see the steps that we will be taking at the Hunterdon Land Trust's Farmer's Market this Sunday. We have the remarkable fortune, as an online business run and owned by family, to be able to continue our growing and shipping operations as normal while still following CDC guidelines on social distancing and staying in place. So, yes, Toadshade is still very much open for business!

Our shipping season is entirely on-schedule, and our local pickup location at Frenchtown Home and Hardware is also still running (as a hardware store, they are an essential business). As part of our commitment to everyone’s safety during this time, any pickup orders will be required to pay online (or by phone) ahead of time rather than at pickup, to minimize the use of physical currency.

Toadshade’s in-person events will be altered on a case-by-case basis, but we will be doing as much online education as possible this year to continue our mission to educate about native wildflowers without compromising public health in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank you for your understanding regarding these changes, and wish you and your loved ones both safety and sanity during this challenging time.

Happy Gardening,

Your Friends from Toadshade


Skylands Magazine

Here's Randi's article called "If You Plant It, Will They Come?" that is coming out in the Spring 2020 edition of Skylands Magazine.

One of Randi's photos was used for the cover.

Upcoming Events

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, 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.

POSTPONED until Sept. 15, 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.

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.