Gardening Resources

Community Gardening

  • Ewing Community Gardens
    See our sister site for information about community gardening in Ewing.
  • American Community Garden Association
    a great resource for establishing and networking of community gardens
  • The Incredible Story of the Incredible, Edible Todmorton in England
    How community gardening revived a town

  • Kitchen Gardeners International
    A nonprofit group which promotes growing your own food.  Their goal is to feed more people healthier food while preserving and enhancing the health of the planet.  Here is a  video called A Subversive Plot: How to Grow a Revolution in Your Own Backyard.  The title says it all.

Native Plants and Wildlife Gardening

  • The World of Backyard Habitats
    From the New Jersey Audubon Society.  Create a wildlife habitat for pollinators (birds, bees, butterflies, etc), and other wildlife in your community or your backyard. Tips for getting started.  Also of great interest is their 10 Tips for Backyard Habitats.
  • Garden for Wildlife
    How to turn your yard into a haven for wildlife.
  • Lady  Bird Johnson National Suppliers Directory
    Check out this database where you can find native-plant vendors by location
  • The Xerces Society
    A nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates, and their habitat, including, but not only, butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, …
  • Native Plant Society of New Jersey
    A statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation, protection, and study of the native flora of New Jersey. Known for their Rain Garden Manual, created in partnership with Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program.  Produces a printable PDF with categorized lists of NJ native plants.
  • US Wildflowers of the United States – NJ
    Very nice resource with photos and clickable links for additional information.  (the only downside of the Native Plant Society of NJ data above – a PDF with no images)
  • Invasive Plants in New Jersey
    The NJ Invasive Species Strike Team has an extremely well thought out definition of invasive plants.  They state:
    An invasive species is a non-native organism which is causing harm to the environment, human health or the economy. They are shown to interrupt the natural functions of an ecosystem by impacting native plants and animals.   [Source]
    So, invasives are non-native plants that do too well in New Jersey.  It is recommended that you don’t plants that have been labeled as invasive by a number of organizations.  For a list of plants that have been labeled as invasive in New Jersey, see:

Local Gardening Resources

  • West Trenton Garden Club
    Helping gardeners to beautify Ewing for 60 years!
  • Master Gardeners of Mercer County
    Their mission is “to excite, inspire and encourage the residents of Mercer County to participate in the rewarding experience of responsible gardening and pest management.”
  • Cooperative Extension of Mercer County
    The Extension Service program is a division of the Rutgers Agriculural and Experiment Station.  It supports local 4H, food and nutrition programs in the county, lawn and garden programs, including the Master Gardening program and the county extension services, agricultural and resource management and more…
  • Toadshade Wildflower Farm
    Resource for NJ Native plants for your backyard habitat. In Frenchtown.
  • Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
    A preserve in New Hope, PA that showcases plants native to Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley region. Native plants sales are run regularly.
  • D&R Greenway Land Trust
    A Princeton non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of our remaining natural areas.  The D&R Greenway holds periodic native plant sales during the growing season.
  • Native Plant Society of New Jersey
    A statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation, protection, and study of the native flora of New Jersey. They have hundreds of members across the state, and are organized into county and regional chapters. Members include gardeners, horticulturists, naturalists, landscape designers, students, and native plant enthusiasts from all walks of life.  The two nearest chapters are the Rancocas and Highland Park chapters.
  • Ginos Nursery
    A small, native plant nursery in Newtown, PA that specializes in growing, sales and installation of native plants.
  • New Jersey Gardens worth a visit
    This site offers a list of NJ Gardens that are open to the public with websites and information about each so you can plan your visit.

Organic Gardening

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