You've been asking for it, so we're giving it a go. We started a bunch of extra seedlings, about 100 varieties, that we will bring to the Wildflower Festival at the Catskill Native Nursery.
This is a wonderful annual event at the nursery on 607 Samsonville Rd, Kerhonkson NY from 10-3:30 and we're excited to take part. Come get your seedlings and seeds as well as native and regionally adapted perennials and landscaping plants at the Nursery.
PLUS come to any of the free workshops including:
11:00 Wild Mushrooms: Foraging and Appreciation
with Maria Redidelbach, President New York Mycological Society
Mushrooms are amazing organisms--neither animal nor plant, the fungi have qualities of both. Although in the past it was thought that most mushrooms were parasitic, now it is known that all life on earth is underlaid by a nurturing fungal mat without which it wouldn't survive. This talk will cover the basics of habitat and safe mushroom identification.
12:30 Biodiversity’s Beauty: Embracing a New Forest Aesthetic
with Ethan Pierce, Conservation Specialist, Mohonk Preserve
We all love the look of a stately forest, but sometimes our desire for the “quintessential sylvan scene” is less than ideal for the plants and wildlife that live there. Many people confuse their forest or natural woodland with an urban park and strive to tidy up what they think nature has neglected. This talk will explain why that might not be the best approach. Ethan will discuss a new forest aesthetic that celebrates biological diversity and reveals the elaborate beauty of a dynamic, flourishing ecosystem.
2:00 Growing Native Azaleas & their Hybrids
with Francis Groeters, PhD.
Deciduous species in the genus Rhododendron are commonly called Azaleas and North America is their center of diversity. They are not as widely planted by homeowners as one would suspect they would be based on their striking colors and fragrance. Perhaps they suffer from being lumped together in homeowner’s minds with overly bred non-native azaleas that dominate suburban landscapes. Native azaleas retain a wild aspect that make them an appropriate choice for natural landscapes. Meet Pinxterbloom, Roseshell Azalea, Swamp Azalea and Rhodora, which grow wild in the Catskills and their North American brethren such as Flame Azalea and Pinkshell Azalea, and learn about breeding efforts in Massachuestts and Minnesota that have led to a number of garden-worthy, yet still largely wild and natural-looking hybrids.
Local seedlings from local seeds!
Here's a general list of the seedlings we're bringing. We'll also bring a selection of seeds that can be direct sown.