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We hope to see you this Sunday at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmer's Market! We are there each week with a wide selection of native perennial plants and seeds. We don't have space for everything so if you are interested in a particular species let us know in advance.

If you're on our email list you've been reading Randi's occasional missives on everything from seed starting to Monarch gardening. Increasing people have been asking to revisit these messages so we decided to gather them together into a blog. If you would like to be added to our email list drop Randi a note at toadshade@toadshade.com.

Occasionally we bring a camera to the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmer's Market! and these are a few of the photos taken earlier this year. As you can see it is a wonderful, family-friendly, market with a wide variety of vendors. Hunterdon Land Trust Alliance

You might have recently seen Randi at:

  • June 17, WDVR Into The Garden with hosts Carl Molter & Leslie Guli
  • June 12-13th, Union Co. BioBlitz, Watchung Reservation
  • May 16th, Pennington Day, Pennington, NJ
  • May 2nd, Native Plant Sale, Mananda Conservancy, Hummelstown, PA
  • April 23rd, Annual meeting of the Neshanic Valley Garden Club at the Neshanic Valley Golf Club : 'Landscaping with Colorful Native Plants' (Neshanic Station, NJ)
  • March 26th at the South Mountain Conservancy New Jersey: 'Native Plants and the Creatures that Love them' (Maplewood, NJ)
  • April 14th, the Contemporary Garden Club of Princeton on 'Everything Old is New Again: Perennial Native Plants for Garden, Field and Forest' (Hopewell NJ)
  • April 15th, 2 lectures to the GCNJ 2015 Landscape Design School at Rutgers University: 'Parks, Playgrounds & Conservation Areas' and 'Bird and Butterfly Gardens' (New Brunswick, NJ)

Our website lists plants and seeds that are currently available and it will be updated when additional species become available.

Farmers Market Photo

If you have any particular native plants that you're looking for contact us. We always have new species coming along, so we may have what you are looking for (in small numbers.) If we don't have it, we'll try to add it to a future catalogue!

About Toadshade Wildflower Farm

We started Toadshade Wildflower Farm to make native wildflowers, particularly perennials, more easily available. Our intention is to 1) provide native, perennial, propagated wildflower plants, 2) identify available plants clearly by both common and scientific name, and 3) clearly summarize the native range and growth requirements of the wildflowers for sale.

Accordingly, all of the plants that we offer are native (not alien, introduced, or naturalized) as well as we can determine. We propagate them all ourselves - no plants are dug from the wild! We have tried to list the most often used common names, the scientific names, the preferred growth habit, and the native range based on information from a number of sources (see references below). I would encourage you to try plants that are native to your area. Planted within their native ranges, in sites appropriate to them, native perennial wildflowers will thrive and provide lasting color and interest for years to come.

Purchasing wildflowers

When buying wildflowers, make sure they are propagated, not removed from the wild! If you have any doubt, ask! Some plant species have been driven to extinction in the wild due to the collection of wild plants!


All artwork on the Toadshade Wildflower Farm web site, including drawings and photographs is original © 1996-2014 Randi Eckel. To obtain permission to reproduce this artwork, contact Randi.

Pot Size: Our plants come in 1 pint pots. These measure 3.5" square at the top, are 3.5" tall, and taper slightly to the bottom which measures 2.5" square. The total pot volume is exactly 1 pint (473 ml).

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