The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Trailside Museum Association are sponsoring landscaping classes at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. The programs will be held on two Saturdays, May 12 and June 16, from 11 am – 12 noon. Adults, ages 18 and older are invited to participate. Pre-registration is preferred. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits. There is no fee for these classes but donations are appreciated.
“These landscaping seminars will provide our residents with the knowledge and skills to grow and maintain beautiful gardens,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We appreciate the Trailside Museum Association’s sponsorship of the classes, as well as their ongoing support and commitment to the programs at Trailside.”
Bryan Lowe, horticulture consultant for HortSeminarsNJ, and a certified rain garden installer, will present these informative landscaping lectures.
Native plants will be the topic of discussion on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Many people express concern that invasive and exotic plants take over their yard. This class will teach which plants are considered invasive and exotic and explain why planting native species can help to reduce yard maintenance while benefiting the environment.
On Saturday, June 16, 2012 a class will be dedicated to pruning ornamental plants. Maintaining your ornamental plants through proper pruning will help keep them looking their best year-round. Learn how to prune ornamental trees, shrubs and perennials without damaging them. Bryan Lowe also will discuss the reasons why it is important to prune, the proper time to prune and the tools and techniques that are used to get the best results.
The Trailside Museum Association, a sponsor of the landscaping classes, is an organization dedicated to assisting Trailside staff in their ongoing efforts to educate people in all aspects of nature, science and conservation by assisting with funding, volunteering and advocacy.
For more information about the Landscaping Classes or any other programs or upcoming events, call Trailside at 908-789-3670 or visit www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. All are welcome.