Native Plant Nursery
Buying Native Plants
Join us for the opening of the Native Plant Nursery on April 14, 2018, during the Preserve's Spring Celebration Weekend! Learn more about this exciting event.
The Preserve is the premier place in the Delaware Valley to both see and buy plants native to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the Delaware Valley. Come and explore the more than 700 native plant species growing in their natural habitats throughout the Preserve. Then, before you leave, stop at our nursery.
More than 200 species of high-quality native plants—including perennial wildflowers, vines, ferns, shrubs, and trees—are offered for sale throughout the growing season. Most perennial species we sell are propagated in our nursery from our plant collections by our nursery manager and a dedicated team of volunteers.
Look for our quality seal to know that you are buying a piece of the Preserve. The plants you buy represent local germplasm grown without harsh chemicals such as neonicotinoids. Buying Preserve-grown plants will allow you to create a more natural, sustainable and care-free garden. It is a great way to enhance your local environment, attract more native pollinating insects and birds and beautify your landscape.
The proceeds of our plant sales are cycled back into our propagation program. This enables us to both fund our informative educational programs and support one of our primary missions—enhancing the biodiversity of our local ecosystem by placing more native plants in gardens like yours.
Our knowledgeable team of gardeners and naturalists are on hand to answer your questions and help you choose the native plants that will grow best in your gardens. Free resource material is also available, including native plant recommendations for your specific growing conditions.
Our plant sales area also features suggested native plant combinations and demonstration gardens.
Please plan on visiting us and begin creating your own native plant garden today.
The greenhouse was built in 2014 and provides more than 1,600 square feet of all-season growing space. The temperature-controlled environment allows us to grow plants both for our spring opening and late into the year.
The greenhouse’s construction was made possible by the financial support of: the Bucks County Foundation; The McLean Contributionship; the Norman Raab Foundation; the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program; the Stanley Smith Horticulture Trust; and individuals who made private donations.
Three centrally located hoop house enable us to shelter additional plants all year long. Each one is fitted with an irrigation system, shade cloths and anti-weed mat linings on the ground. During the colder months, plastic insulates the hoop houses to protect the plants from extreme weather and pests.
The propagation house serves many purposes, including seed storage and refrigeration, and storage for signs, soil, soil amendments, fertilizer, pots, trays and tools. It is also our primary hub for seed cleaning and processing. The eaves overhanging the front of the building allow propagation volunteers to pot plants even during inclement weather.