Native Plants for Conservation, Restoration, and Landscaping
The Green Up Your Garden workshop was a huge success. Thank you to all of the participants and to those who came to help with the project!
Who’s Hiding in Your Garden? Habitat gardeners know that many, many butterflies, moths, bees, beetles and other beneficial insects overwinter in the leaf mulch, stems, nooks and crannies of our garden flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses. For this reason we wait until spring to “clean up” our landscapes. But what steps should we take to make sure we don’t accidentally send our emerging beneficial insect bounty to the landfill?
In March, Patricia Sutton, Barbara Fiedler and Christine Clemenson conducted an outdoor, hands-on workshop designed to help habitat gardeners conduct mindful spring clean-up without destroying or tossing all of the wonder beneficial insects that have overwintered in our yards. Participants learned which native plants are "GOLD"! - Host native butterflies, moths, bees and other beneficial insects.
January 2019: Chris presented at The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, NJ.
B Mindful Gardening: Sharing Your Garden With Birds, Bees, & Butterflies
Presented by: Christine and Arnold Clemenson, Clemenson Farms Native Nursery
Native shrubs, trees, flowers and grasses fill the garden at our home/the farm/the nursery. Each year the grounds evolve as we add plants and watch others fill in the spaces. Come spring, we dive into the garden to trim and weed the crumbling winter foliage, mindful of the native bees, beetles, and butterflies that have overwintered in leaf foliage, on branches, and inside plant stems. While we hope to enjoy the beauty of these pollinators, we know that most of them will become the vital food source for baby birds. We are blessed that our garden is part of this wonderful creation and we encourage its yearly cycle with mindful stewardship. Join us as we focus on winter planning/practical tips for cleanup of the garden in anticipation of returning and hibernating pollinators.
Celebrating Sale Days!
Many thanks to Pat Sutton who led us through the gardens at Clemenson Farms!
In June, Pat taught us about the amazing web of life teaming in our native plant habitats.
Keep posted on the Retail Sales Event page for upcoming details.
We Love Pat's Garden Tours!
We are thrilled and honored to have so many talented and passionate native plant educators come to our farm to share their knowledge. Here are a few of the highlights from the past years:
Lynn Maun read from The Puddle Garden during our Kids weekend last Fall.
Angela Monaghan shared native plant food uses.
Mary Lenahan led families on tours through the garden to search Pollinators and other critters.
May Retail Sale Day was a blast!
On May 2, 2015, Monarch Watch representative and naturalist, Mary Lenahan, led us on a journey through the life of a Monarch Butterfly.
Jim FIsher ran his live steam trains on his garden track.
Shopping the Sunny Plants House
A full cart!
Live Steam Trains!
May 2014: Get wild in the garden: How to turn your yard into a haven for animals and insects
Press of Atlantic City article describes an adventurous gardener, his Ventnor NJ garden, and our nursery.