Free Native Plants!

4 05 2011

Please read the following message:

We have been given permission from the owner of Wild Earth Native plant nursery, which closed 10 years ago, to remove plants from the nursery property in Jackson, NJ in exchange for helping to clean up the property.

Join us on Memorial Day weekend
Friday – Monday May 27-30 from 8:00 -4:00 each day

Time worked will get you a fair exchange of native plants. (Bring your family, friends and neighbors to help work so you can get more plants — but don’t forget to leave room in the vehicle for plants!)


Some plants are still living in trays, small pots, quarts or gallons.  Others have rooted through their pots and will have to be transplanted. Many have escaped and are growing and reproducing around the property and will have to be dug and potted.  I have not listed the larger woody species, but if you want to dig you are welcome to them as well. There are plenty of pots at the site so no need to bring any, but you will need to bring shovels.  Plenty of potting soil is available in old pots.  However, there is NO WATER at the site and no restrooms.  In a few areas you will be going through the weeds to get to plants so wear protective clothing (against bugs, thorns, poison ivy).
[Restrooms and food available at fast food places near I-195]

Below is a partial list of recoverable plants I saw when we surveyed the property Sunday.  There are multiples of all of these. I’m sure there are many others I overlooked.

Fern/ fern allies, etc.:
ostrich fern
cinnamon fern
Christmas fern
royal fern
scouring rush
pots of just moss (great for shade garden)

little bluestem grass
Pennsylvania sedge
soft rush (Juncus effusus)

spring beauty
wild geranium
Spiranthes orchids
Labrador violets
golden groundsel (Senecio aureus / Packera aurea)
wild columbine
blue-flag iris
rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium)
allegheny spurge (Pachysandra procumbens)
mayapple  (Podophyllum peltatum)
rue anemone (Anemonella thalictroides)
round-leaf mountain mint
narrow-leaf mountain mint
yellow star grass
willow-leaf eastern blue-star (Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia)
New England aster
star flower (Trientalis borealis)
may lily (Maianthemum canadense)
shooting star (Dodecatheon sp)
red beardtongue (Penstemon ‘Husker red’)
nodding wild onion (Allium cernuum)

native honeysuckle vine (Lonicera sempervirens)

serviceberry (Amelanchier sp)
native euonymus
steeplebush (Spirea tomentosa)
low-bush blueberry
sweet pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia)
beach plum

Directions:  Take I-195 to Exit 16 / CR-537 towards Freehold. After 1 mile, turn Right on Wright-DeBow Rd.
The nursery will be about 1 mile down the road on your Right just past Down To Earth landscaping company.  There is a small “Wild Earth Nursery” sign at the driveway.

Be aware that this is the same exit as Great Adventure amusement park but that traffic is heading the other direction on CR-537.

For more information, contact Linda Rohleder (
If bad weather is predicted, request my cell phone number so you can call ahead – especially if you are coming a long distance.




2 responses

15 06 2011
Ralph Loeffler

I just noticed this message. Was the cleanup completed? Any chance of getting any remaining native plants? Thanks

15 06 2011

Hi Ralph – I know that there were some plants remaining after the initial clean-up, however I’m not sure how many are still available. I would contact Linda at the email address listed above to find out more information.

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