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Native Plant Buyers' Shopping Cards for Retail Nurseries

These calling cards are for use at nurseries as you shop for plants for your garden.

The cards are a tangible way for plant retailers to see that more and more people are seeking native plants. By using the cards, we hope to inspire retailers to stock more native and fewer invasive, non-native plants.

Leave a card if:

  • a nursery does not have your native plant choice in stock.
  • a nursery is selling a species which is listed on our invasive plants list.

Try to leave cards with the nursery's plant buyer, or request for them to be directed there.

The designs are available for download, intented for printing at home, on business card paper stock, front and back (how to).

Let us know how these cards work for you!

Native Species Card
(representation only)

I use North Carolina native plants in my garden.

Today I was looking for:




If you stock this in the future, please contact me:




(see over)

NOTE TO RETAILER: The consumer who left this card is one of
many North Carolinians who are eliminating invasive exotic plants
from their gardens in favor of native plants. They are following
recommendations of federal, state, and local government agencies,
and environmental groups. For further information, please contact

The North Carolina Native Plant Society
C/O North Carolina Botanical Garden,CB 3375,Totten Ctr,
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375

http://www.ncwildflower.org/invasives/invasives.htm

Thank you for your interest.
Card Format used by Permission of Maryland Native Plant Society

Invasive Species Card
(design representation only)

I use North Carolina native plants in my garden.

I noticed that you stock the following plant(s),
known to be invasive in natural areas:





Please consider discontinuing the sale of this and
other invasive species.
(see over)

NOTE TO RETAILER: The consumer who left this card is one of
many North Carolinians who are eliminating invasive exotic plants
from their gardens in favor of native plants. They are following
recommendations of federal, state, and local government agencies,
and environmental groups. For further information, please contact

The North Carolina Native Plant Society
C/O North Carolina Botanical Garden,CB 3375,Totten Ctr,
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375

http://www.ncwildflower.org/invasives/invasives.htm

Thank you for your interest.
Card Format used by Permission of Maryland Native Plant Society

How To

The cards are designed to be printed front and back on business card stock. This stock is available for laser and ink jet printers at office supply stores. The package will contain instructions on how to format the card documents to print on your brand of printer, with your software. Each page of card stock has 10 cards - 2 columns of 5 cards each.

You can type up the cards yourself, or you can download the two rich text documents that are provided here, "cardfront.rtf" and "cardback.rtf" (for use with Microsoft Word or other word processing software). Each document consists of one page.

Card's FRONT

Card's BACK

Click on the links provided to get the rtf documents. Your browser may ask you if you want to save or run the document. You should first save it to your disk and then load it into your word processor later.

You will notice that one column has the text for the native plant card, and the other column has the text for the invasive exotic card.

Print the "callingcardfront.rtf" document first, making as many copies as you wish. Then turn the card stock over and use it to print the "callingcardback.rtf" document, with the same number of copies. The columns for the two different card types will match up when you print.

Printing Tips

You will need to know how to insert the paper to print front and back. You may want to run a test sheet of paper first. Put a pencil mark at the top of the page and run it through the printer. The location of the pencil mark on the printed page will help you determine how to insert the paper to print on the back.

Also, before using the stock, it's helpful to hold your test sheet up to a sheet of the card stock, to make sure the margins match up with the perforations on the card stock. If they don't match up, you may need to adjust the column or page margins.

Finally, when you print with card stock, check your printer's instructions. You may be told to prevent paper jams by adjusting the printer so that the paper feeds straight through instead of wrapping around.

Card format used by permission of Maryland Native Plant Society.

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