What is the plant buying collective?

The plant buying collective is an extension of our land conservation work at “A Promise to Gaia“.    We secure lower prices for our members by placing larger orders with growers.  Proceeds from sales support land conservation. 

Who can Join?

Anyone who’s interested in purchasing native plants at a discount.  You can join by creating an account here: Register. (If the registration page is closed, please make sure to join our waitlist, and we’ll let you know when we open registration to more members.)

What plants are available?

We’re focused on NEMPH Plant, Trees & Shrubs – Native Edible Medicinal Pollinator Host.  Our first order was for spring ephemerals and some other rare goodies. 

EXAMPLE – For last fall’s sale, we sold:

  • Black Cohosh  (Actaea racemosa)
  • Creeping Jacob’s Ladder  (Polemonium reptans)
  • Downy Woodmint  (Blephilia ciliata)
  • Dutchman’s Breeches  (Dicentra cucullaria)
  • Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus  (Opuntia humifusa)
  • False Solomon’s Seal  (Maianthemum racemosum)
  • Great White Trillium  (Trillium grandiflorum)
  • Indian Pink  (Spigelia marilandica)
  • Jack-in-the-Pulpit  (Arisaema triphyllum)
  • Slender Mountain Mint  (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium)
  • Solomon’s Seal  (Polygonatum biflorum)
  • Toadshade Trillium  (Trillium cuneatum)
  • Trailing Arbutus  (Epigaea repens)
  • Trout Lily  (Erythronium americanum)
  • Turk’s Cap Lily  (Lilium superbum)
  • Virginia Bluebell  (Mertensia virginica)
  • Wild Geranium  (Geranium maculatum)
  • Yellow Trillium  (Trillium luteum)

How does it work?

For each purchase cycle everyone who participates will place an order through the online shop, letting us know what you’re committing to.  We’ll source the plants, seeds, etc, and fill your order when the plants etc arrive. We may have surveys from time to time to help inform what we make available.

  1. ORDER – Place your order(s) through the online shop before the deadline for that particular sale. There may be more than one sale going on at a time.
  2. BULK ORDER – We will total up everyone’s order, and place a larger order with a grower.
  3. INDIVIDUAL ORDER – When the plants etc arrive, we’ll fill individual orders.
  4. SHIP/PICK-UP – If you want to save shipping costs, you can pick-up in person at our nursery in Upstate NY, or you can have your plants etc shipped to you.


News & Updates

We have received and processed the plants and bulbs for the sale that ended April 8, and are packing and shipping individual orders. You will receive an email with tracking when your order goes out.

Ramp and Liatris orders are also currently shipping, and tracking orders will be emailed when they ship. (Ramps have peaked and are starting to die back to the bulb - this is still a great time to transplant them, and we hope to ship the remainder of the ramp orders the week of May 20.)