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4 Seasons of Native Plants
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ
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4 Seasons of Native Plants
Join us for an exploration of Native Plants throughout the Seasons:

Co-Sponsored by the Georgian Court University Biology Department.

Saturday March 2, 2013
Georgian Court University
10 AM - 4PM
Optional Tour of Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum at 4:15

Key Note  Thomas Almendinger
Director of Stewardship - Duke Farms Foundation
Habitat Landscaping for All Seasons
Ecologist Thom Almendinger will discuss how and why to plan and implement a robust landscape (with native plants of course) that provides wildlife with the essentials for life; cover, food and water.

Spring: A New Beginning
Dr. Randi Eckel - Toadshade Wildflower Farms
Spring is when many of our New Year's resolutions really kick into gear!  Will we start seeds, share seeds, learn to recognize seedlings, remove invasive species, or re-dedicate ourselves to (gently) spreading the word about natives?  How will we move forward this year? Some ideas

Summer: The Plants of Water, Fire & Stone: Natural History of our Sun-Loving Native Wildflowers
Jared Rosenbaum, Co-Owner Wild Ridge Plants
Jared Rosenbaum explores the habitats and lifeways of our full-sun native wildflowers in a presentation that is part travelogue and part natural history, and full throughout with beautiful photographs of wild habitats. He reaches back in history to discuss both megafauna and Native American land management, across the continent to discuss relationships with prairie flora, and towards the future, where cultural stewardship will assure the persistence of the habitats these plants depend on.

Autumn: Native Combinations for the Fall Garden
Bruce Crawford - Executive Director - Rutgers Gardens
Many gardeners plan the focus of their garden around the springtime, when
the flush of foliage and flowers creates such a stark contrast to the winter
past.  This is certainly understandable.  However, it is equally fun to see
the garden slowly build with color as the season progresses, peaking as the
temperatures begin to dip.  This is a look at how many of our native
plants provide this fun fall crescendo!  

Winter: Woody Native Plants for Winter Beauty and Purpose
Eva Monheim - Lecturer at Temple University, in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture.
Although winter may be a dismal month for many, there is more beauty in our winter landscape and purpose than what meets first glance.  Along with the subtle beauty comes a distinct purpose for the plants visual appeal.  Did you ever wonder why shagbark hickory has its shaggy bark? Or did you ever wonder why the tulip poplar stands so tall in the woodland?  These questions and more will be answered and explored in Eva Monheim's talk.

All Seasons: Discover the Wild Edible Delights of Each Season
Deb Naha - Wild Food Specialist
Debbie Naha is a Naturalist for Morris County Park Commission and a Certified New Jersey Master Gardener.  Her specialty and her passion is wild edible plants.   She has been foraging the woods and fields of New Jersey for decades.

Optional Tour
Optional tour of the 4 historic (circa 1900) gardens of the former George Gay Gould estate  Italian, Japanese, Sunken and Formal -- with a focus on the native woody plants in the gardens.  We will also visit the university's small holly collection.

Plant Sale
An assortment of Native Plants will be available for sale courtesy of Pinelands Nursery, Timber Creek Native Plant Nursery, Paul W Steinbeiser Native Plant Nursery, Ocean Wholesale, New Moon Nursery, Clemenson Farms Native Nursery and Rare Find Nursery.

Short business meeting, year in review and elections.

Morning refreshments and Lunch included.

Draft Agenda:

10:00  10:15 Welcome, Intro, Business Meeting, Year in Review
10:15  11:00  Thom Almendinger  Key Note
11:00  11:10 - Break
11:10- 11:55  Randi Eckel  Spring
12:00  12:45 Lunch
12:45  1:30 Jared Rosenbaum  Summer
1:30  2:15  Bruce Crawford  Autumn
2:15  2:25 Break
2:25  3:10  Eva Monheim  Winter
3:10  3:55  Deb Naha  Native Edibles in 4 Seasons
3:55 Conclusion
4:00  4:30  Native Plant Sale
4:15  Optional Plant Tour of the Grounds



Georgian Court University (View)
900 Lakewood Ave.
Lakewood, NJ 08701
United States


Education > Other
Other > Green

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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