The Native Plant Nursery at Reflection Riding
The mission of the native plant nursery at Reflection Riding is to help educate the public in the use of our native flora in garden settings. We propagate more than 200 species of eastern native wildflowers, shrubs and trees that are available at our spring and fall plant sales. Many of these species are propagated from seeds gathered from native populations growing on the slopes of Lookout Mountain and the surrounding parts of the Cumberland Plateau. Gathering seeds from local populations allows us to enjoy the advantage of the adaptive variation found in the local gene pools. Species evolve in relationship to the other organisms in their area, and these symbioses form an interconnected web of dependency. Our native trees, for example, not only provide the major structural component of the mature Appalachian forests, but also provide food in the form of nuts, fruits, leaves, and wood for a variety of animals, plants, and fungi, forming the basis of the food chain. This balanced ecosystem of native plants can be upset by the introduction of non-natives, especially when our exotic domesticated plants escape into the wild and become invasive, displacing the native plants and the organisms that depend on them.
Make sure to attend our 2016 Fall Native Plant Sale with our special Member-only Pre-Sale on Thursday, September 8th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Our Native Plant Sale will be open to the public on Friday, September 9th, and Saturday, September 10th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.