Want to support nature
in your own backyard?
Want to attract birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects to help manage pests naturally? Want to grow beautiful perennial flowers for color and curb appeal? Then you need native plants, and the Glen Ridge Library is here to get you started.
The Glen Ridge Public Library and the Glen Ridge Environmental Advisory Committee are pleased to present a free native seed library. These seeds are not varieties you're likely to find at your average garden store, but they've been lovingly harvested from Glen Ridge and surrounding yards.
Native plants are hosts for our local butterflies and bumblebees, along with many other nifty insects that nourish songbirds and their young. While some popular, commonplace nonnative plants serve as "convenience stores" for our pollinators, native plants have evolved alongside NJ native insects for thousands of years to provide them with the sustenance they require.
Seed varieties include: violets (the NJ state flower and host to the fritillary butterfly), asters, penstemon, Joe Pye weed, rattlesnake master, and many more!
We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to add native plants to your garden, help build habitat for our native species, and add to Glen Ridge's wonderful Pollinator Pathway -- learn more here: https://www.pollinator-pathway.org/towns/glen-ridge
The seed library is located on the second floor of the Glen Ridge Library, near the travel section. Instructions for winter sowing are included on each package. Limit of two seed packets per visit, please.