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FutureStarrGreat Swamp Nursery
Reliable quality and service. Best variety of plants in area. Not the cheapest, Home Depot will often be cheaper, but lacks variety and quality. Great Swamp Greenhouses returns policy for plants that died is a little misery; 50% for plant of equal or greater value, while Home Depot is simply return for a credit to the full value. Other than that, its the best place to find locally grown (PA) plants for your garden.
moreGreat Swamp Greenhouses is a unique, family owned garden center located in the heart of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Open all year round, they specialize in poinsettias at Christmas, houseplants in the winter, mums in the fall, and annuals and perennials in the spring and summer. What makes them different from other garden centers? They grow almost all of their own plants at this retail location and another 51 acre farm in Pittstown, NJ. This eliminates the middle man and lets them control the quality and prices of their plants, while still providing you with great customer service.lessIn the 1950s the struggle between modern commercial developers and environmentalists began in Morris and Somerset Counties. In 1956, 450 acres of what is now the Great Swamp were set aside as a sanctuary. Three years later, nomination of the Great Swamp as location for a 10,000-acre jetport unleashed a deluge of public fury. The Great Swamp Committee, a citizen’s alliance since revered by conservancy groups around the world, worked relentlessly to align political forces and raised about a million dollars to create the National Wildlife Refuge and first ever Refuge Wilderness Area. The Committee’s initial donation of 3,000 acres formed the nucleus of today’s 7800-acre national refuge.
Friends of Great Swamp was established in 1999 to provide assistance and support to Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge through volunteer efforts and the funding of programs and projects to benefit wildlife and refuge visitors. For more than twenty years the group has worked diligently to fulfill this mission. Members construct trails, boardwalks and bird observation platforms for visitors. Recently completed, the Chandler S. Robbins Memorial Viewing Platform, a two-level, eight-foot-high (ADA compliant) platform offers visitors an elevated viewpoint from which to watch a wide variety of waterfowl and catch frequent glimpses of our resident bald eagles. For many years the group has sponsored and led two volunteer teams to remove invasive plant species and restore native habitat for wildlife. Since 2011, Friends has funded an innovative and successful “head-start” research project to reestablish a self-sustaining population of the state-threatened wood turtle on the refuge. With the Great Swamp NWR staff, the group co-hosts an annual Fall Festival in September which (pre-Covid) drew as many as eight hundred visitors for a day of free family fun. There is also a monthly Second Sunday with different educational programs for the public, as well as a number of other public events during a typical year. (Source: njskylands.com)