LAKE COMO, NJ — Master gardener Jon Gibbons, chairman of Lake Como’s Environmental Commission, has taken more than 60 other master gardeners in Monmouth County on tours this summer of Candide’s Garden, his own “earth-friendly” teaching garden on 18th Avenue.
Orchestrated by Karin Poorvin, co-chair of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County’s member education committee, the visits involved 25 percent of the group’s current roster who received continuing education credits.
Gibbons plans on working with the several attendees in developing school-based gardening and environmental programs for children, including efforts at Academy Charter High School in Lake Como.
Heather Butts who has introduced New York City youngsters to urban gardening through her nonprofit group, Health for Youth, plans another trip to Lake Como, but this time with her students. “We’ll be bringing kids to learn in Candide’s Garden who mostly have never seen anything except concrete,” she said.
The garden has over a dozen different beds and surface treatments that contain more than 1,500 plants representing 400 species of plants, trees and groundcovers. It is certified as a pollinator habitat, monarch butterfly waystation and wildlife sanctuary.
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