The beauty of nature - Ice on Mountain Laurel Kalmia latifolia Photos by Karen Smith. See more spectacular photos on our Facebook Page
Welcome to Lehigh Valley and Northwest Chapters!
We are very excited to have two chapters now up and running and offering events in their areas.
We have also had interest expressed in a few other locations, but additional people are needed to help them. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in helping to start up a local chapter. We will connect you with anyone else in your area who has also expressed interest.
What is a Native?
A native plant is one that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without direct or indirect human intervention. We consider the flora present at the time Europeans arrived in North America as the species native to the eastern United States. Native plants include all kinds of plants from mosses and ferns to wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.
Because native plants are adapted to the growing conditions where you live, they are often easier to grow, require less maintenance such as watering, and are less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten to crowd out our native plant species. Incorporating native plants in your home landscape will encourage birds, pollinators, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
Because native plants are adapted to the growing conditions where you live, they are often easier to grow, and less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten out our native plant species.
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A symbol of the holidays and winter, the American holly (Ilex opaca) or Christmas holly can grow from 25 ft. to as tall as 60 ft. in the warmer parts of its range. The stout, stiff branches have dark green, non-glossy, spine-tipped leaves. New growth finally pushes off the old leaves in spring. Bright red berries occur on the female plants. The evergreen branches with red berries are popular Christmas decorations, however, as with most hollies, you need a male and a female to have berries - or at least a male in the vicinity.
The berries are popular with many kinds of songbirds and gamebirds, and mammals eat the bitter berries as well - but they are poisonous to humans.
As it is an evergreen, it is a nice addition to your landscape - providing food, cover, and winter interest.
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Photo courtesy of Ladybird Johnson database - article by Diane Albright
As Spring approaches, check our listing of Native Plant sales for ones in your area. If your sale is not listed, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org so it can be included.
Check our Complete Calendar for other upcoming events. And check out our listing of Native Plant Sales to find ones in your area. If your event isn't listed, let us know and we can add them to our Calendar - email email@example.com.
Becoming a member of PNPS helps to support our mission of advocating conservation of native plants and their habitats and promote the increased use of native plants in the landscape
Volunteer - Your help is needed!
There are always opportunities to help, regardless of your level of expertise. Click the button to see what volunteer opportunities area available.
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PO Box 807, Boalsburg, PA 16827.
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We are over 6,000 members strong and growing!