Plant Sale to Benefit Long Island Native Plant Initiative

In the last issue of EEE (or ‘triple E’ as Brian likes to call it), I wrote about Stephanie Gaylor of Invincible Summer Farms and her seed-saving mission to generate local varieties of nightshades.

The Long Island Native Plant Initiative  has been doing something similar: providing “bulk seed for grassland restorations, landscaping, roadside plantings, and for nursery stock. These seeds are from plants that have evolved to withstand the particular climate and challenges on Long Island.”

The initiative’s fourth annual native plant sale and benefit will be held on June 1, 2 and 8, 9 (rain or shine) at the Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus greenhouse (121 Speonk-Riverhead Road) in Riverhead. On sale are plants like Long Island’s only native cactus, the eastern prickly pear, New England asters and native grasses such as little bluestem and switchgrass. Long Island native wildflowers, vines, and shrubs are also available. They are all propagated from seed harvested locally, the benefit being these native plants are the most environmentally and ecologically appropriate, require little to no amendments or care.  All proceeds will benefit LINPI’s program to help preserve Long Island’s biodiversity and ensure the commercial availability of ecotypic plants across Long Island.