Friday, April 16, 2010



UPDATE . . .

The fence and tent have gone up.

On Monday over 7,500 plants will be delivered.

More and more area residents have discovered the beauty of natives.

You should too!

10 A.M. - 12 NOON
(914) 606-7870

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Native Plant Center Announces the

2010 Perennial Plant of the Year

Dicentra eximia

Common name: Wild Bleeding Heart
Hardiness: Zones 3 - 9
Light: Shade to Part Sun
Soil: Average to Moist
Size: 12"–18" tall x 12"–18" wide
Foliage: Medium green, deeply cut, fern-like foliage
Flowers: Heart shaped pink flowers
Bloom Time: Late spring through fall
Wildlife Value: Long season of nectar for native bees.
Dicentra eximia is one of our longest blooming native wildflowers in the Eastern United States. It is easy to grow, rarely damaged by deer, and will gently re-seed itself.

2010 Woody Plant of the Year

Kalmia latifolia

Common name: Mountain Laurel
Hardiness: Zones 4 - 9
Light: Sun to Light Shade
Soil: Average to Moist; prefers acidic soil with good drainage
Size: 4’ – 10’ tall x 4’– 10’ wide (variable)
Foliage: Evergreen, dark green leaves
Flowers: White to pink (variable)
Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer
Wildlife Value: Good winter cover for wildlife
Kalmia latifolia is one of our most loved native shrubs with 4 season interest highlighted by a beautiful flower show starting in late spring. Happiest with good drainage, good air circulation, and acidic soil.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Not Even Fallen Trees Could Keep Them Away!
7th Annual Landscape Conference Huge Success

Travel to the Conference may have been difficult, but over 120 attendees gathered to learn embrace the message Turning Gray to Green.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Huge Interest Shown in the Annual Landscape Conference

Over 120 have signed up for the full day Conference - Turning Gray to Green on Monday, March 15!

Interested in additional lectures?

Join us at any of our 3 remaining events. The first with Jay Archer on March 26, the second with The National Wildlife Federation on April 10, and the third with Author, Carolyn Summers on April 16. Carolyn's book will be for sale at all these events.
Remember to pre-register.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

2 Days Remaining to Sign Up for
Spring Landscape Conference

Monday, March 15
(Snow Date - March 19)
7th Annual Spring
Landscape Conference

Turning Gray to Green: Developing Urban Natural Spaces and Native Plant Gardens

Carol Franklin, Amy Gavaris, Gretchen Schneider
5 PDHs (Professional Development Hours) from LA CES
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at WCC - All Inclusive

Relentless urban sprawl is stimulating an increasingly critical need for the preservation, restoration and creation of natural spaces and gardens within our towns and cities. Grassroots organizations often spearhead the initiative on projects that fulfill this need. Our presenters, representing the Big Three cities of the Northeast, will offer their insights into the particular challenges, pitfalls and tremendous rewards that are associated with this type of development.

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Working from the Ground Up: Stories from a Grass Roots Organization
Gretchen Schneider - AIA, Boston
Natural Areas Network Boston urban gardeners have long been transforming vacant lots into vibrant gathering spaces, yet there’s something new in their zeitgeist: national economic woes combined with the promotion of local food, environmental awareness, and do-it-yourself chic have spurred an increase in urban garden projects. This presentation features the work of The Boston Natural Areas Network which oversees 150 community gardens.
Greening New York City One Block at a Time: Challenges, Opportunities and Progress
Amy Gavaris - vice-president, New York Restoration Project
The mission of the New York Restoration Project is to carry out Founder Bette Midler’s dream of a cleaner, greener New York City. NYRP restores and revitalizes under-resourced parks and community gardens throughout the city’s five boroughs, working to ensure that every resident, family and neighborhood has access to vibrant, green spaces. This presentation will cover the evolution of the organization and its three main programmatic areas: Parks, Community Gardens and Milliontrees NYC.
Making a Pot from the Shards: What it Really Takes to Restore Native Plant Communities and Habitats
Carol Franklin - ASLA, Andropogon Associates
Landscapes that repair and celebrate each unique landscape are not easy to achieve. Examples of Andropogon Associates work will illustrate conceptual approaches, strategies, and the time, money, effort and sheer numbers of plants needed to actually achieve this ideal. This presentation introduces two new tools for understanding what needs to be done and evaluating the results - the Plant Stewardship Index and the Sustainable Sites Initiative.

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Fax (914) 606-6143


Phone (914) 606-7870

Friday, March 5, 2010

NPC Office Re-Opens After Storm

The office has re-opened and is in full-swing again!

There's still time to register for the Spring Landscape Conference and Lectures. For a complete listing of events click here.

If you have any questions about native plants, please e-mail me at

Friday, February 26, 2010

Picture Speaks a Thousands Words ~~~

Office Closed Today ~
I look forward to re-opening on Monday, March 1. Until then, visit the website for more information

11 p.m last night

9 a.m. this morning

Photos taken less than 2 miles from The NPC Office. It's not hard to see why we're closed!