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Arbor Day Goes Native and Sustainable

Friday, May 02, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cathy Corrigan
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HARRISBURG - For the past seven years, the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association has had the honor of presenting trees to each legislator at the state capitol in recognition of Earth Day and Arbor Day. This year was no different as PLNA, with the assistance of the Pennsylvania FFA, presented each legislator a Red Osier Dogwood in recognition of Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 25).  The dogwoods were supplied by Octoraro Native Plant Nursery of Kirkwood, Pennsylvania and placed on each desk of the members of the House of Representatives in their chamber and delivered personally to each state senator's office.  The project was coordinated by PLNA working with Representative Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) office.  Dogwoods were also delivered to both the Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

The presentation this year stressed not just the importance of trees and shrubs to the environment, but the value of planting native plants and their role in sustainable landscapes. While the Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea) is often admired for its striking red bark, the benefits that this shrub provides to wildlife and stream and river bank preservation promotes the sustainability factor.  This dogwood is a vigorous Pennsylvania native that is found primarily along rivers and streams, but also grows well in drier upland conditions.

PLNA is striving to educate the industry in this fast growing practice of Sustainable Landscaping. Last year we introduced a certification module for Sustainable Landscapes.  The study manual is a tool to learn the lingo and understand what all the talk is about for this emerging sector of the industry. For more information about this reference material click here

Octoraro Native Plant Nursery specializes in container grown mid-atlantic and Eastern regional native trees and shrubs. "Octoraro" in the original Lenni Lenape Native American language means, "Muddy River." Given that most of our plants are used for environmental restoration and conservation projects focused on improving water quality, we think it's an appropriate name for our nursery. Additionally, our nursery is located on the west branch of the Octoraro Creek in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In addition as a company supportive of our natural world, we maintain environmentally sustainable practices where and whenever possible. We will continue to explore growing practices that improve the quality of our plants while minimizing our impacts.   For more information on Octoraro Native Plant Nursery, their products and beliefs, visit


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