NATIVE GARDENING

Native Gardening

Township Native Garden & Grounds

EAC members designed and installed the native garden at the Township building between the road and the flagpole by the police entrance. It is a good example of a well-designed native garden that can be used as a model for residential properties. It is maintained by EAC volunteers.

The Township owns a total of 10 acres, the EAC have a strategic plan to improve habitat on the property. We started in the Fall of 2015 in the vicinity of the Township Building by removing invasives, this will be a long term improvement project.

Designing with Natives

Adding native plants to your backyard is one of the best ways to improve habitat for birds and other wildlife. Two of our EAC members are experts on native plants and have experience in designing backyards using native plants, if you ask, they are willing to come and help with your yard!

Email eac@springfieldbucks.org if you are interested in this free service.

Why Native?

  1. Reduced Maintenance

Compared with turf and the mulched tree, shrub and perennial plantings commonly found in today’s residential and commercial landscapes, landscapes planted with appropriate native plants require less maintenance. They require minimal watering (except during establishment and drought periods) and they can be maintained without the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. It is important to remember that reduced maintenance does not mean NO maintenance. A maintenance and management plan is still necessary even for native landscapes.

Source: Missouri Botanical Garden Native Landscaping Manual, Chapter Four: Landscaping with Native Plants

  1. To Provide Wildlife Habitat

A landscape consisting of a diversity of native trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses provides food and shelter for wildlife throughout the year.

  1. For Visual Appeal

Native perennials, flowering vines, shrubs and trees can create aesthetically appealing landscapes. A well designed native landscape provides visual interest year round.

  1. Educational Opportunities

Native landscapes provide opportunities for learning about seasonal cycles, wildlife, and plant life cycles. A native landscape can provide an ideal setting for environmental, conservation, and biological science education.

For native plants and further information: 

Archewild
www.archewild.com
2191 Hillcrest Rd, Quakertown, PA 18951
(Call ahead – not regular retail hours)
855-752-6862

Edge of the Woods Nursery
www.edgeofthewoodsnursery.com
2415 Route 100, Orefield, PA 18069
610-395-2570

Northeast Native Perennials
www.nenativesandperennials.com
1716 East Saw Mill Road, Quakertown, PA 18951
(Check directions on website – GPS not accurate)
215-901-5552

Check out iconservepa.org’s “Bringing Home the Natives”
series of pamphlets, they are excellent reference material
(hard copies also available at the Township Building):
Sunny/Dry Locations
Shady/Moist Locations
Sunny/Moist Locations
Shady/Dry Locations