Essex Chapter

The Essex Chapter began in January 2019. Its mission is to educate the general public about the beauty and ecological value of native plants. To reach the most people, the chapter engages in a wide variety of activities: garden tours, indoor and outdoor lectures, plant sales, “Learn by Doing” workshops, and member gatherings. You can also find us hosting information tables at environmental events throughout Essex County. 

Anyone –whether you are a “newbie” gardener or experienced – is welcome to join our activities! 

Our chapter’s activities are organized by a steering committee of eight native plant enthusiasts. The co-leaders are Deb Ellis and Alice van Straalen. If you have questions or would like to be involved, please email us at 

Speaker’s Bureau: Need a speaker for your community group, Scout troop, or garden club? Members of the Essex Chapter Steering Committee are happy to give talks about native plants at no cost! Potential topics include: 

  • Getting Started with Native Plants;
  • Feeding Butterflies, Not Bambi: Deer Resistant Native Plants;
  • Gardening for the Birds; 
  • Pollinators in Peril and How You can Help 
  • What Trail Plants Tell Us About the Ecosystem
  • Bloodroot, Bluebells, and Butterflies: Spring Beauties for Biodiversity.

Contact  to schedule a presentation.

Upcoming Essex Chapter Events

2020 September Plant Sale and Tabling with Masks 
2020 May Plant Sale and Tabling
March 2019 — our first event. Steering Committee with speaker John Black