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Fall Orders

Demand Strong for Fall Orders

In case you missed it, fall is definitely here! After a very conducive summer for growing plants we have an outstanding crop of native trees and shrubs available for fall and spring 2018 and fall orders are rolling in. Fall Orders are Strong Demand is strong this fall already. As a matter of fact if […]

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Octoraro Virtual Tour

Take a Virtual Tour of Octoraro

We are strong advocates for building lasting business relationships.  Part of this effort is helping customers and others to better understand our plants, our operations and the nursery industry in general.  We encourage customers to visit their plant vendors/ growers (not just us) to see their facilities and the methods employed in growing plants. Obviously […]

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Stroud

Stroud Water Research Center and Brandywine Conservancy Celebrate 50 Years!

Photo: Bern Sweeney If you’ve never heard of Stroud Water Research Center, you’re missing a gem.  This organization and its talented people serve such a vital role in delivering critical science and education with the pursuit of clean water.  Their mission is simple.  “Since 1967, Stroud™ Water Research Center has focused on one thing — […]

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Lancaster Water Week

Lancaster Water Week Partnership

The Lancaster County Conservancy held it’s first “Lancaster Water Week” and Octoraro Native Plant Nursery was a proud sponsor and supporter of this event.  The Conservancy created Water Week to celebrate the unique and important waterways of Lancaster County; educate the public about water problems and how to mitigate them; and galvanize individuals to help […]

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Purple Flowering Raspberry

Octoraro Grows Paw Paw and Raspberry Species

Octoraro is growing two new species for this fall and spring 2018.  As part of the increasing demand for edible natives, Asimina triloba (paw paw) and Rubus odoratus (purple flowering raspberry) have been added to our production.  These plants are great for both people and wildlife. Our availability will be limited in both quantity and […]

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Lancaster County Conservation District

Lancaster County Conservation District Award

Octoraro was honored to receive the first ever “Watershed Community Organization Award” from the Lancaster County Conservation District (LCCD) at their Annual Banquet.  The award recognized us for our commitment to plant donations for volunteer organizations and being an active watershed partner for the county.  The LCCD also recognized us for our efforts internally for being […]

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Earth Day

Pennsylvania House Plant Donations for Arbor Day, Earth Day

In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association (PLNA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA), Octoraro Native Plant Nursery donated (300) container grown seedlings for each member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day.  The plants were a mix of native trees and shrubs representing the diversity […]

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Flight 93 - Fort Necessity

Flight 93 and Fort Necessity Plant Donations

Octoraro Native Plant Nursery donated 100 #7 gallon container grown trees to the National Park System, specifically the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA and Ft Necessity in Farmington, PA. Flight 93 Memorial At Flight 93 National Memorial, The NPS is replacing trees within the Memorial Groves that have died. They are replanting with 50 […]

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Blog Deep Roots

It’s All About the Roots at Octoraro

Plant roots are our focus at Octoraro Native Plant Nursery because we understand this simple but critical premise: healthy roots help determine whether your planting will be a success or failure. Many factors contribute to the success of a planting project. The quality of the plants are the obvious first part of the equation. But […]

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Riparian Buffer

Native Plant Myths

Myth #1 – “Native Plants require less maintenance” As a grower of native plants it’s pretty clear we’re big fans of the value and benefits these plants play in our environment. They are tasked with greater expectations today to improve our water, purify our air, cool our homes, provide for our pollinators, calm our nerves […]

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