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Environmental Commission

Borough Owned Land - Native Plant Project

Hawthorne Retail Businesses - Native Plant Project

Hawthorne Native Plants

Passaic County Native Plants

Bergen County Native Plants

* Native Plant Website-Resources*

Rutgers New Jersey Agriculture Experimental Station
Incorporating Native Plants in Your Residential Landscape

The Native Plant Society of New Jersey

What's Native - Popular Native and Native Cultivars for Your Landscape

Pollinator Partnership
Reference NJ Eastern Broadleaf Forest

Gardens with Wings:  Create a Garden Habitat for Butterflies

Recommended Books:

New York and New Jersey Getting Started Garden Guide
by Vincent A. Simeone

Pollinator Friendly Gardening
by Rhonda Fleming Hayes







Why Native Plants?

Low Maintenance - Once established native plants are hardy and adapted to normal weather extremes. They have also developed natural-defenses against pests and diseases reducing the need for applying pesticides.

Wildlife - Native plants provide food and shelter for 10 to 15 times as many species of native wildlife as non-native plants.

Wild Pollinators - Native plants support native pollinators. Native pollinators and native plants have co-evolved to reach an intricate balance. Many wild pollinators can not survive without the plants they have evolved with. (ie. Monarch Butterflies)

Save Water - Native plants are adapted to moisture from rain and only need watering in severe conditions. One thousand square feet of lawn can use up to 10,000 gallons of water per summer.

Air Quality- Native plants do not require motorized equipment, lawn mowers, string trimmers and leaf blowers can emit more hydrocarbons than a typical car.

Beauty - Native plants can help blend our lands and building into the surrounding environment and create landscapes that are regional, unique, and beautiful.

Biodiversity - Native Plants serve as an important genetic resource for future food crops or other plant-derived products.