Putting Your Jersey-Friendly Yard Into Practice!

Third Annual Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference

October 19, 2019 at Ocean County College

This year’s Jersey-Friendly Yards conference will be on Saturday, October 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Ocean County College’s Gateway Building in Toms River, New Jersey.

Join us for two fantastic featured speakers and a “choose a workshop” session as you learn how to put your Jersey-Friendly Yard into practice! Fall is the perfect time to add native plants to your landscape.  At the conference’s native plant sale, New Jersey growers will bring a great selection of native plants ready for fall planting.

Featured Speaker:  Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens

Designing a Native Plant Garden

Bruce will talk about how to design a garden using native plants.  Full description coming soon.

About Bruce Crawford

Bruce CrawfordBruce is the Director of Rutgers Gardens and an adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture Department at Rutgers University. He is one of the foremost speakers and published writers on landscape design in New Jersey. In addition to managing, designing and developing the 180 acres of the Rutgers Gardens, Bruce teaches and shares his love of fun and unusual plants with students, garden clubs, Master Gardeners, community groups, and visitors to Rutgers Gardens.

Featured Speaker:  Pat Sutton, Naturalist and Educator

Backyard Habitat for Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies & More!

In the “Go Green” movement, all too often yards are forgotten and, in fact, many yards are the antithesis of green.  The first and most important step is to “Go Native,” to favor native plants and wildlife-friendly practices.  Pat Sutton will showcase native trees, shrubs, vines, wildflowers, and even weeds that are most beneficial to birds and other wildlife.  From the perspective of a life-long naturalist intimate with the workings of the natural world, Sutton will share countless common-sense garden maintenance techniques that will help property owners avoid common practices that actually harm rather than benefit wildlife.   Learn how to create a wildlife refuge right out your own back door — a refuge for you and for all wildlife.

About Pat Sutton

Pat SuttonPat Sutton has keenly studied the natural world for 40 years, first as the naturalist at the Cape May Point State Park in the 1970s and 1980s and then for 21 years as the naturalist and program director at the Cape May Bird Observatory (1986 to 2007).  Pat is a passionate advocate and wildlife habitat gardener for pollinators, birds, dragonflies, frogs, toads, and other critters.  Pat has taught gardening for wildlife workshops and led tours of private wildlife gardens for over 30 years. Sutton’s own wildlife garden is a “teaching garden” featured in many programs, workshops, garden tours, and several books.
(Photo by Clay Sutton.)

Workshops at the Conference

Workshops will provide in-depth information and tools that you can use as you follow the “Eight Steps to a Jersey-Friendly Yard.” During registration, attendees will have the opportunity to choose which workshop they would like to attend during the afternoon session. Details about the workshops are coming soon!

Start With Healthy Soil
Get a great overview of healthy soil in this interactive, hands-on presentation. Explore real-world examples of soil’s physical, chemical, and biological properties, and learn how they are related to healthy soil function in your garden.

Presenter: Fred C. Schoenagel III
Fred is a Resource Soil Scientist with the US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS). He has been with USDA-NRCS in New Jersey since 1996, where he has worked on updating soil surveys, evaluating soils for their suitability for different uses, and diagnosing problems within soils that are not functioning. (Photo by Laura Coover, USDA-NRCS)

Lose the Lawn, Create a Wildflower Meadow Instead

Pat SuttonMany areas have lost meadows to subdivisions and corporate headquarters landscaped with acres and acres of sod lawn – monocultures that are green deserts for wildlife, offering no cover, no food (nectar, seeds, etc.), and no beauty (blooming wildflowers and lovely native grasses). If you have more lawn than you need and mowing gobbles up precious time and expensive gas, consider turning some of this lawn into a wildflower meadow. Even a small “pocket meadow” will make a big difference to wildlife. Learn how to convert lawn to meadow, how to maintain your meadow in a simple fashion over time, and how to make it acceptable and attractive to neighbors and visitors.

Presenter:  Pat Sutton
One of the featured speakers at the conference, Pat is also offering this workshop.  Scroll up to read more about her.

Consider Becoming a Conference Sponsor

The conference is made possible through the generosity of our sponsors.  There are three sponsorship levels available – Red Oak, Highbush Blueberry, and Blue Meadow Violet.  All sponsors will receive two complimentary registrations and their logo on the conference web page and other promotional materials.  Red Oak sponsors also have their logo included in the conference program and on the conference bag; Highbush Blueberry in the program.

Questions?  Email Karen Walzer, Barnegat Bay Partnership Public Outreach Coordinator, at kwalzer@ocean.edu or call her at 732-255-0472 x 2.

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