Handy Resources for Growing More Native Plants!
Visit our growing collection of videos on Wild Ridge’s YouTube channel.
New to gardening?
Download our step-by-step instructions for successful native plantings.
Read more about the native plants we grow.
Features nearly 100 species, including forbs, graminoids, and woody plants. More simply, tons of wonderful wildflowers, grasses, sedges, shrubs, and trees!
Grown at our nursery from local provenance wild seed.
Grown in our chemical-free greenhouses.
More Butterflies & Moths NOW! We love Lepidoterans… beautiful and showy winged butterflies and moths that nectar at wildflowers.
What do their larval life forms eat? Native plants!
Use this 21 page pdf to select host plants for your restoration project or garden. Organized by plant species.
A guide to native plants for upland forest restoration in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and beyond.
Forest understory restoration is a frontier in stewardship of native plant communities. Our guide can be used by seasoned restoration practitioners and anyone with shady habitat conditions.
Read more about the plants we grow for the Forest Restoration Guild™.
Wild Plant Culture features stories and articles exploring connections between people and wild plants in the Northeast, by botanist Jared Rosenbaum. Native plants, ecological restoration, field botany, foraging, herbal medicine, and more.
Selections from Jared’s Wild Plant Culture blog:
Twelve Pollinator Plants from Spring Thaw to Autumn Frost – Nectar & pollen through the seasons
Nursery Plants Without Chemical Poisons – How we grow our plants
Zero Tolerance For Plants – Roadside mowing
Eating Like a Monarch – Milkweed ecology and recipes.
Wild Tastes and Aromas – Wild edibles are more than just survival food – they constitute a path to a deeper, sensual connection with the natural world around us.
Hickory Coffee – Here’s a quick way to process hickory nuts and make a rich, nutty, oily beverage I’m calling “Hickory Coffee”
Berryland – re-wilding landscapes full of shrubby fruits
Plant Elders – longevity and the herb layer
Black Birch Tea – Uses and ecology of black birch
Other Articles by Jared Rosenbaum:
The Shagbark Speaks features Rachel Mackow’s writing and photography. Her tone is humorous, heartfelt, and, at times, salty and peppered with curses. She explores motherhood, creativity, nature restoration, and relationships.
Selections from Rachel’s blog, The Shagbark Speaks:
Reverse French Manicure – Getting dirty fingernails on the farm.
Communities and Villages – The struggle to connect with people and create community.
American Hazelnut Going Nuts – American hazelnut custard recipe
Mordant-free natural dyes – black walnut (Juglans nigra) and Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergi); More mordant-free natural dyes – curly dock (Rumex crispus); More mordant-free natural dyes – privet fruit (Ligustrum obtusifolium)
First wild foods as an adolescent – White pine
Links to Partners & Friends
We work with and/or support a variety of organizations and entities that offering essential resources and services related to wild plants and environmental stewardship. Follow the links below to learn more about their missions and for educational resources.
Practical Primitive offers wonderful, small group, hands on workshops on ancestral skills. Eddie and Julie of Practical Primitive are knowledgeable – their name says it all! Visit their online Trading Blanket for books, videos, and herbal preparations. Recommended.
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve provides the opportunity to visit a deer-excluded forest in Bucks County, PA. Also offers Plant Stewardship Index, plant sales, and educational programming.
Chrysalis Center & Pat Chichon RN, APN C is a whole care provider based in the Lambertville area.
Duke Farms offers natural history & stewardship programming, and hiking & biking trails. The preserve is deer-excluded and has undergone extensive restoration.
Ecological Solutions LLC offers comprehensive ecological restoration planning and monitoring services.
Fields Without Fences is a local permaculture farm and certified organic producer focusing on native fruits and berries, specialty vegetables, wild edibles, culinary and traditional herbs, and wild flowers.
Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space offers the innovative Private Land Stewardship Program to residents of the Hopewell Valley.
Great Road Farm is a “beyond organic” vegetable farm supplying Agricola restaurant in Princeton and selling produce at the West Windsor Farmer’s Market.
Hunterdon Land Trust protects and stewards land in Hunterdon County.
Musconetcong Watershed Association protects the watershed that Wild Ridge Plants is nestled in.
Native Plant Society of New Jersey is dedicated to the appreciation, protection, and study of the native flora of New Jersey.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation preserves, stewards, and advocates for nature throughout New Jersey.
New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team is dedicated to cooperative invasive species management, focusing on the detection and eradication of emerging invasive species. Publishes a Do Not Plant List.
Northern Woodlands is a magazine and education center dedicated to expanding forest stewardship, economic productivity, and the appreciation of forest ecology.
Return to Nature provides classes on medicinal and edible plants and survival.
Sourland Conservancy works to protect and steward the ecology and heritage of the Sourland Mountains – central New Jersey’s largest contiguous forest. Sourland Stewards provides educational programming and resources to residents.
Sourlands is a documentary by Jared Flesher that weaves together the stories of ecologists, farmers, and inventors to portray the fight for resilience and sustainability in our neck of the woods.
Weatherwood Design is a landscape architectural consulting firm specializing in native plant-based garden design and sustainable rustic furniture.
United Plant Savers protects native medicinal plants through education, plant sanctuaries, and conferences. Publishes the “At-Risk” and “To-Watch” Lists of plants susceptible to over-harvesting and habitat loss.