Hudson County Chapter of Native Plant Society to hold fall plant sale

The sale will run this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nature’s Park Café and Eatery in Braddock Park in North Bergen

The Hudson County Chapter of The Native Plant Society of New Jersey (NPSNJ) will hold their fall plant sale on October 1. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nature’s Park Café and Eatery in James J. Braddock Park at 5 Lakeside Drive South in North Bergen.

The local branch of the non-profit organization is dedicated to the appreciation, protection, and study of the native flora of New Jersey. This plant sale is their most important event of the year because October is the best time to establish new plants in gardens.

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Two highly regarded native plant nurseries, Toadshade Wildflower Farm and Pinelands Direct, will each offer a diverse selection of native plants for sale. Check their websites and for information about arranging a pre-order.

The Hudson County Chapter of NPSNJ mission is to make native plants more accessible. In addition, the non-profit aims to educate the public about their critical role in the ecosystem.

“The nearest access that Hudson County residents have to native plants is at least forty-five minutes away by car,” said Dawn Giambalvo, one of the three co-leaders of the chapter. “Our chapter doesn’t profit from these events, it’s about providing access and information to people who otherwise wouldn’t have it. It’s also about introducing the plants to the general public, so they can become familiar.”

The importance of native plants

Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, wintering birds, and other animals.

“Fall is the best time of year to plant,” said co-leader Lorraine Freeney, “The air is cooling but the soil is still warm and plants can establish strong root systems before winter sets in and without having to deal with the stress of summer heat.”

From 2 to 3 p.m., the public will have an opportunity to attend the first live recording of the popular podcast Native Plants Healthy Planet with hosts Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick. They will talk with Dr. Randi Eckel, President of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey, about her favorite native plants.

The recording will take place inside the Nature’s Park Café & Eatery. Tickets are free but seating is limited so registration is encouraged in advance at:

Other highlights of the fall sale include a demonstration from the Community Compost Company, a Spear Head Spade shovel giveaway, and a live Latin jazz performance.

Volunteer opportunities available and poetry series continues

To learn about the volunteer opportunities in Lincoln Park West in Jersey City and Imagine Garden in Secaucus, follow the Hudson County Chapter on Instagram at @npsnjhudsoncounty. There, people can also watch the thought-provoking Instagram Live series Saturday Morning Poetry with Ann Wallace, launched this summer.

Upcoming guests include religious scholar and poet Thomas E. Frank on October 2, bestselling author and poet Barbara Kingsolver on October 5, and award-winning actress and bird ambassador Lili Taylor on October 13. Past interviews with guests such as Ross Gay, Maggie Smith, Julie Zickefoose, Rachel Mackow, and Theta Pavis, are available for viewing on Instagram.

Jersey City poet Ann Wallace, the series’ host, explained the mission of Saturday Morning Poetry: “In our weekly conversations with poets who are inspired by nature, we invite people to slow down, observe the world around them more closely, sink into its rhythms and mysteries, and reflect on what role we wish to play in the environment.” Saturday Morning Poetry is produced by poet Ann Wallace (@annwallace409 on Instagram) and NPSNJ Hudson County Chapter co-leader Kim Correro (@KimCorrero on Instagram).

Become a member of the NPSNJ Hudson County Chapter for $20 per year. For more information, visit or email

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