Notes from Lexington Living Landscape about putting Janet’s advice to work
Invasive plants. Mass Audubon's list of the most common invasive plants in Massachusetts offers advice on how to eliminate them, with links to other good resources.
Use the Buddy System. Other ways to make connections for acquiring plants and seeds by swap, beyond your circle of family, friends, and neighbors:
● Join a Facebook group like Gardening in Lexington MA.
● Lexington Living Landscapes is starting a Google group for members who would like to share plants and seeds. See the newsletter’s April issue.
Other places to acquire native plants cheaply
● Some native plant sales offer plants at a discount to retail. Nearby plant sales in Spring 2021 include those organized by Lexington, Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, and Grow Native Massachusetts.
● Some shrubs and trees grow readily from cuttings, which you can acquire from friends or fairly inexpensively from nurseries like the Vermont Willow Nursery.
● If you are patient and like a fun challenge, you can grow many native perennials from seed. Check out the Wild Seed Project and our Where to Buy Plants page for more seed sources.
● Many perennials can be divided to produce additional plants. When a gardener friend is renovating a bed or just moving some plants, they often have plant divisions to spare. You can also create additional plants by dividing your own. Again, patience is required; this a long-term project, not a quick fix!