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Start digging deep roots in your yard and community. Build back vital habitat one native plant and one conservation minded practice at a time! We can help - explore our website and join us on social media for resources you can start using today!
Reopening in April for the 2024 season. Visit for hundreds of varieties of wicked awesome northeast native perennials, shrubs & trees - designer pollinator friendly annuals - organic herb and veggie plants - sage advice and so much more! Find us on Barneyville Road at the intersection of Swansea, MA and Barrington, RI.
Native plants evolved with native wildlife over millions of years, and therefore offer the most sustainable habitat for songbirds, pollinators and many other wonderful creatures. A plant is considered native if it occurred naturally in a region, ecosystem, or habitat without human introduction. Extensive research has shown that exotic plants that evolved in other parts of the world or were cultivated by humans into forms that don’t exist in nature do not support wildlife as well as native plants. Occasionally, they can even escape into the wild and become invasive exotics that destroy natural habitat. Native plants are also at the root of resilient gardening. They are adapted to our climate and soil types and most have very low water requirements once established. And in a healthy native plant landscape there is no need to use the artificial fertilizers, pesticides or other chemical interventions that are negatively impacting our health, the environment and our beloved Bay.
Despite these many benefits, studies have shown that less than 15% of plants sold in conventional nurseries are "native" plants. That's why at Prickly Ed's we focus nearly exclusively on filling this important market niche. We hope if more people have access to high quality bird and pollinator friendly plants that in turn more people will begin to build back habitat at home.
Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality 🤔🤷♀️... you decide! Hey, since we tossed open the gate by the Big Red Barn on Barneyville on that first day we have sent thousands - and thousands and a few more thousands of native plants out into the nearby world to get their roots in the ground. That's pretty real.
Just what it sounds like. Picture bird, bee and butterfly friendly yard sale meets farm stand except with hundreds of varieties of wicked awesome hard to find native (indigenous) plants, prickly pear cactus, organic herb and veggie plants, amazing fun flowers and a few other interesting things mixed in...🌵.
Apparently you’ve never met Ed...! Stop on by and you decide.
The earth and your fellow creatures don’t have time to care what you want...they need you to start helping right in your own backyard today!! Join the movement to save our planet, starting right where you live! We can help. 🐝🦋🐦🌻
Here at Prickly Ed’s we have just two people to cover all the positions of President, VP, CEO, COO, Accountant, Purchasing Coordinator, Supply Chain Manager, Plant Caretaker, Truck Unloader, Inventory Manager, Creative Director, Community Engagement Coordinator, Webmaster, Blogger, Social Media Manager, Customer Service Rep, Head of Sales and Marketing and lots more, you get the point! We are doing this for fun and because no one should have to drive for hours just to find really cool native plants! We also figure if we can help like-minded folks in the area connect, maybe we can start a whole movement and really get things buzzing. The hip term for this we believe is "passion project"! The Native Plant Emporium is open every Friday - Sunday from mid-April - November and some weekdays during the busy season. We also open for special programs and take and fill special orders all hours of the day and night and all days of the week during the entire growing season. Just send us a note!
We only carry one type of cactus, the native Eastern Prickly Pear. it is our very favorite native plant and if you look closely you will see a giant outdoor prickly pear garden right as you turn into to the entrance to our Roadside Stand. This is the origin of our name (well that and Ed, refer to the question above).
Yes, yes you will. That is the entire point. Bugs will come - mostly good bugs. Bees will be buzzing, caterpillars will be munching on your plants (yup, holes in leaves are good). We are experiencing a biodiversity crisis and if the pollinators go they are taking us with them. We are running out of time - get planting!
HaHaHa ... Nope! You call them whatever you'd like and we look forward to learning about plants and gardening together. If you are a pretentious Fancy Plants kind of person then we are probably not the right roadside stand for you! Because common names can get really confusing we do encourage you to at least look up the botanical (Latin) name for any plants you are looking for just to be sure we are all talking about the same plant.
Not exactly. The honest truth is that native plants have a mind of their own and every single site is quite different. We can help you think about the kinds of plants that are most likely to work well in your yard and the plants that are likely to have the greatest benefit there. But in the end some plants will thrive, some will die, some will move around and pick new spots to grow and your yard and garden will change over time. You will be its best steward. What we are happy to do is help to coach you, share our own lessons and information we've learned along the way to help you become confident in your own ability to design the perfect habitat for your site.
Send us a note and we might just answer! If enough people ask the same thing we might even add it here. And be sure to follow along on social media for all the latest news.
You’ll find all those details along with things you probably never wanted to know on the “Contact Us” page of this website.
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