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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!

Spring is Here & our Plants are Ready to Ship!

Shipping season is upon us! Our shipping season begins April 1 and runs through November 30th, starting with our most southern friends; plants at Toadshade are produced outside, so they are already acclimated to sunlight, wind, rain, and even frost when you get them, but they establish best when shipped to warmer locations first. We ship plants according to local conditions at your location, so we will let you know when to expect your plants--and the good news is that the wait is almost over!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 9th, 12:00 until 2:00 pm. Randi will be speaking to the Garden club of Princeton at the Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton. “The Role of Native Plants in Landscape Design: Landscaping with a Purpose”.

Wednesday, April 10th, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Randi will be at the The Wildstory podcast event ‘A Celebration of Poetry and Native Plants’ with Tess Taylor in Madison, NJ at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (9 Main St, Madison, NJ 07940). She’ll be answering ‘ask Randi’ podcast questions for the first 20 minutes to kick off the evening. The event is free, but pre-registration is required due to limited seating. To register, visit

Wednesday, April 17th, 7-8:30 pm. Randi will be presenting a webinar “Who’s in your Garden? The Life and Times of Insects all around us!” as part of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey’s April Wednesday Webinar series. Free. To register, visit

Sunday, April 21st, 11 am - 4 pm. Toadshade will be at the Burlington County Earth Fair at the Historic Smithville Park, 803 Smithville Rd, Eastampton Township, NJ 08060. Find us in the ‘sustainable living’ tent – we’ll have lots of native plants and seeds for sale. You can also place preorders online for pick up. Event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 27th, 9 am -2 pm. Toadshade will be at Madison’s Clean and Green Town Fair at Hartley Dodge Memorial (50 Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940) with lots of native plants and seeds for sale. You can also place preorders online for pick up. Event is free and open to the public. For more information visit

Saturday, April 28th, 11 am -5 pm. We’ll be at the Trailside Nature & Science Center’s Twelfth Wild Earth Fest (452 New Providence Rd, Mountainside, NJ 07092) again, with lots of native plants and seeds for sale. You can also place preorders online for pick up. $5 admission fee for this event (children 6 & under are free). For more information visit

Saturday, May 4, 10am to 3 pm. Toadshade will be returning once again to the Manada Conservancy Native Plant Sale at East Hanover Township Nature Park (328 N Crawford Rd, Grantville, PA 17028) with lots of native plants and seeds for sale. You can also place preorders online for pick up. For more information visit This event is free and open to the public. (rain date May 11th)

Don't see what you're looking for on our online catalogue? Check back soon! We frequently make changes over the course of the season as more species become available. And if in doubt, ask! We'd love to hear from you!

Toadshade is primarily a mail order nursery, and the farm itself is not open to the public. We have, however, partnered with our wonderful local hardware store (Frenchtown Home & Hardware), which is a ‘pick-up’ point for orders, allowing order pickup 7 days a week in beautiful downtown Frenchtown . Any pickup order costing more than $50 must be pre-paid, but pickup is always free! 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.

Check out our Educational Resources

Listen to her discuss native plants, how she got into growing them, some of her favorite parts of being a naturalist, and ways to make an ecological difference in an episode of Backyard Ecology with host Shannon Trimboli

Listen to her speak about Native Plant Societies with Jeff Nelson from the Kentucky Native Plant Society, Ellen Honeycutt from the Georgia Native Plant Society and of course, host Shannon Trimboli in another episode of Backyard Ecology

Or tune in to the Native Plant Society of New Jersey’s new podcast, The WildStory: A Podcast of Poetry and Plants (Randi’s not featured in this one, but she does speak in the central blurb, discussing the Native Plant Society of New Jersey!).

Randi was also interviewed for the Washington Post this year, talking about how to best help your local wildlife in your garden outside of the growing season.

And, for those of you who have always wanted to attend one of Randi’s lectures but haven’t been able to make it, you can now view a recorded version of her presentation Native Groundcovers: Sustainable, Living Mulch” on YouTube, courtesy of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey.

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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


All artwork on the Toadshade Wildflower Farm web site, including drawings and photographs is original © 1996-2024 Randi Eckel. To obtain permission to reproduce this artwork, contact Randi.

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