Native Nursery

ARRC’s native nursery grows and propagates over 50 species of native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. In collaboration with our construction and consulting teams, we offer turn-key solutions tailored to your restoration and reforestation needs.

Native Nursery

ARRC’s native nursery has grown from a one-greenhouse operation to a facility of more than 12 acres. Our focus is on providing native plant material commonly used in reforestation/forestation, wetland and stream restoration, bioengineering and native landscaping. Plants are an essential component of successful ecosystems, providing important habitats and food for animals, stabilizing streambanks and shorelines, and filtering pollutants from the water.

Located in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, our nursery is staffed by a
skilled team of enthusiastic horticultural professionals who bring diverse industry experience and expertise to our growing operations. Our nursery grows and propagates over 50 species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous material, all naturally seeded and grown in the Mid-Atlantic region. In collaboration with our construction and consulting professionals, we cultivate turnkey solutions aimed at establishing the right plants to fit your restoration and reforestation needs.

 

All of this rooted together, we’re able to provide our clients with the highest level of quality and longevity of our plants while minimizing the financial impact to our clients.

Plant Availability

We provide wholesale opportunities for landscape and environmental contractors, other nurseries and private customers. Interested in our services? Give us a call today! (717) 227-5436

Our Plant Categories

Herbaceous plants

Perennial flowers, grasses and ferns are the seasonal power houses of water purification and pollination.

Trees

Provides year-round stability of stream banks and summer shade along stream corridors. This helps lower temperatures, creating an optimal environment for fish to thrive. 

Shrubs

Understory vegetation serves as the primary source of foraging browse and habitat for a diverse range of species within our local ecosystems.

Native Nursery Products and Services​

Herbaceous Materials

Container Trees and Shrubs (1-15 gallon)

Field-Grown B&B Trees

Containerized Seedlings

Bareroot Trees and Shrubs

Locally Sourced and Seeded Genotypes

Cutting Propagation

Delivery and Shipment

Contract Grows

Meet the Native Nursery Team!

Plant FAQ

As people become educated about overdevelopment and the negative effects of nutrient run-off, erosion and the decrease in populations of native species, they realize that native plants are the key to reversing the effects. Our local wildlife depends on natives for their survival, our streams rely on root systems for stabilization and our waterways need filtration to support the fish populations. Planting a diversity of native species is a great way to protect the environment while creating a beautiful landscape for humans to enjoy!

Plant breeders have developed native cultivars to enhance specific features of plants, such as dwarf size, larger berries or different colored leaves. Understanding the specific enhancements and impacts on wildlife is important in choosing the right cultivar for the right assignment. Landscape designers and landowners should consider the tradeoffs – while native cultivars (known as “nativars”) can make native plants more appealing, they also take away from the genetic diversity that the “wild” species has to offer. Both are better than planting intrusive invasive species!

Initially, all newly established plants require care. Once they’ve acclimated, natives tend to be more drought-resistant and more winter-hardy than many ornamental plants. They also tend to be less susceptible to diseases. After all, these plants have evolved to thrive right here in the Mid-Atlantic. Let nature do the hard work for you!

Yes! Native plants offer year-round appeal and can bring native wildlife closer to your door when they are integrated into a design in a sustainable way. This is where cultivar natives are key and offer a great opportunity to replace plants that have little to no wildlife value while also meeting aesthetic expectations.

Local ecotype sourcing and ecoregion recognition are weaving their way into designs and becoming controversial hot topics in our industry. While some clients may request a “PA Ecotype” or give a mile-based radius for sourcing, it’s important to know that Pennsylvania alone has over nine different ecoregions! An ecotype is so much more than man-made boundaries; your Pennsylvanian backyard might have more in common with areas in Georgia than a friend 30 minutes away. To learn more about your area ecotype, the EPA offers a great reference: EPA Level III Ecoregions. Here at ARRC, we try to source our plant materials locally or regionally whenever possible. As the native nursery industry continues to grow, we plan to prioritize sourcing more and more of our plants from local and regional seed.

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