with Boughs of Holly
During this season holly gets a lot of attention because of it's bright red berries and everygreen leaves. However, before the berries come, there are the flowers that we seldom look at. There are separate male and female flowers occurring on separate trees.
---------- Male holly flower -------------------------------- Female holly flower --------------
Look for them. If you find trees with berries, try to find a male tree in the neighborhood. Plan to look for the flowers in spring. In the meanwhile read more about the American holly by NPSNJ in the December issue of Gardener News. For more photos, see our photo gallery, select holly: spring photo gallery.
The NJ Senate just passed bill S227 which would require the NJ Dept. of Transportation, NJ Turnpike Authority (Parkway too!) and the South Jersey Turnpike Authority to use Native Plants. Native plants help filter nutrients from storm water and are adapted to environmental conditions so they require no additional watering, fertilizers or pesticides. This is a win/win for NJ. It's good for the taxpayer and good for our soils, water and wild life. This bill is one step away from the Governor's desk. A big thanks to Save Barnegat Bay for all their efforts in getting the bill to this point.
Find out everything there is to know about the native flora of New Jersey, learn from the experts on native plants, get the latest on interesting activities near you, or join one of the many opportunities to participate in the growing national native plant movement — right here in the Garden State.
The Native Plant Society of New Jersey is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation, protection, and study of the native flora of New Jersey. Founded in 1985, we have hundreds of members across the state, and are organized into county and regional chapters. Our members include gardeners, horticulturists, naturalists, landscape designers, students, and native plant enthusiasts from all walks of life.
We conduct regular lectures and presentations with featured speakers on topics ranging from introduction to native plants, gardening with natives, identification and appreciation of the beautiful flora and ecosystems of New Jersey, ecological landscaping, and much more. Our annual meeting is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the native plant movement in New Jersey. We organize nature walks and garden tours, dispense advice on design and maintenance of native gardens and landscapes, and have helped establish native plant gardens around the state.
there is a plant in New Jersey that is found nowhere else in the world! Read about it: rare NJ native plant.
New Jersey's diversity of habitat, in concert with four distinct seasons, blesses our state with botanical variety. From the stirrings of spring ephemerals through the forest litter, to the abundance for summer pollinator plants, to the turning of deciduous leaves, and then to the berries of winter, each season adorns Jersey with a wonderful display of flora.
View the galleries of plants from around the year featuring the photography of Native Plant Society members, or watch a slide show of flowering plants and their insect partners, courtesy of Nancy Lee Adamson.
Throughout the year, our chapters sponsor lectures and presentations with featured speakers on topics ranging from introductions to native plants, gardening with natives, identification and appreciation of the beautiful flora and ecosystems of New Jersey, ecological landscaping, and much more.
Find your local chapter and become a part of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey today!
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