While you are shopping for plants for your garden, give back by donating a native shrub to Teatown! Your donation will support habitat restoration efforts, improving habitat quality for birds and other wildlife. In select areas near the Visitor Center, volunteers are removing invasive shrubs and vines and replacing them with native alternatives to increase forest diversity. Native plants are essential for healthy, functioning forests, providing food and shelter for dozens of other species.
Your donation will go towards the purchase of a shrub from the following list to complete a Teatown habitat restoration project:
Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum)
Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
Ground-running Serviceberry or Thicket Shadbush (Amelanchier spicata (stolonifera)
Northern Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
American Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Restoration projects can make a huge difference for both people and nature. Not only do they improve the recreational and aesthetic value of an area, but they also provide new habitat resources for wildlife. All shrubs donated at PlantFest will be used to restore areas around the nature center during a volunteer planting day on May 18th. Volunteers will help finish a restoration project adjacent to the Visitor Center that was started by Regeneron last fall.