Master Gardeners Burlington County

Wood AnemoneRancocas Nature Center - Update for August 19, 2015

Rancocas Nature Center's annual Garden Day on August 2nd brought out 250 people in 90 degree weather!Many new visitors had a chance to learn more about each of our diverse gardens.

WILDLIFE GARDEN-It was in full bloom and continues to look great thanks to the efforts of Candy Myers and other Master Gardeners.

DRAGONFLY POND GARDEN-Ample sunlight allowed visitors to see many brightly colored dragonflies(and the resident frogs) enjoying the lilypad flowers.

NATIVE PLANT GARDEN-Some huckleberries provided birdfood,and guests were also treated to an indoor presentation by Naturalist John Black.We will review the need for weeding the area vs. total naturalization now that the plants are well established.

BEEHIVE MEADOW GARDEN-Even though this area is currently undergoing restoration, visitors saw many wildflowers in bloom. Fall efforts will continue to focus on removal of invasives .

MONARCH WAY STATION GARDEN-This garden has filled in nicely and we look forward to Fall butterfly sightings as a result.A few more plants will be added during cooler weather.

HISTORICAL GARDEN-Due to its experimental nature some plants failed to grow. Next year current gardening practices will be utilized with the hope that we'll have some good plants for demonstration.Interest was high, so an evening program on it is being planned for Winter.The hike that featured foraged historic plants was also enjoyed by many guests.

KID CRAFTS-Plant related activities were provided and one of the most successful was "Knowing Where Our Food Comes From", created by Barb Skacel.

All of these areas require on going care. If you'd like to come out and learn more, please contact Toni Price at lavender.toni@gmail.com .



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