Three friends from two native plant nurseries and an author-consultant on rewilding the landscape toured the Quarry Gardens at Schuyler this week. They hardly noticed the quarries. And it didn’t matter that most of the spring ephemerals are still weeks from blooming—or that last year’s growth has yet to be burned.

Above, on the QGs trail: Martina Carter, Perennial Sales Manager, Babikow wholesale native plant nursery, Baltimore, MD; Angela Clelan, Regional Sales Manager, North Creek Nurseries, Landenberg PA; and Claudia West, co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World, noted speaker, advocate for native plant-driven design, and principal of Phyto Studio, Alexandria.

These plant geeks were operating on another level, observing every detail and variation—sharing information, taking notes and photos. We had the best time showing them around! Perhaps—we hope—their influence will lead to greater availability of excellent native plants to gardeners and landscapers. We look forward to seeing them, and their friends and colleagues, at the QGs in other seasons.

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