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Buy a Native Plant, Help Restore an Old Roxbury Train Station

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ROXBURY, NJ – There are many well-known benefits to decorating your property with plants native to the region. Here’s a new one: Native plants can help restore an old train station in Landing.

As a fundraiser for its ongoing restoration of the former Lackawanna station, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation is having a native plant sale on May 6, said foundation chairman Marty Kane. The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the station, which is at 125 Landing Road.

Kane said more than 25 varieties of native plants will be available. These include aster, black-eyed Susan, coneflower, bluebell and “harder to find items like witch hazel and New Jersey tea,” said Kane, who is a historian.

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“The best part is that all the plants on sale are originally native to this area and will need little care once they are established in your garden,” he said. “Native plants provide essential habitat and food for birds, native bees, butterflies and many mammals. By choosing native plants for your yard, you are not only helping wildlife, but also creating a healthier place for yourself, your family, and your community.”

Kane said the plants will be sold in quart-size containers. Only cash will be accepted “to maximize proceeds for the restoration work” at the former station, he noted.

Tours of the 105-year-old train station and the restoration work will be available. Part of the project is the creation of a native plant garden on the grounds.

“Come on out, stock up on some great plants for your yard, and check out how our own native plant garden is blooming on the grounds of the train station,” Kane said.

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