SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - If you are a gardener looking to give back to the environment, Rutgers Master Gardeners of Middlesex County” are offering a new workshop that focuses on the benefits of using native plant species. 

This free workshop entitled, Made in the Shade: Shade Gardening with Native Plants, is scheduled for Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to noon and will take place at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

Native plants are species found in a region that pre-date the original settlers of that region. Because these plants have evolved according to local conditions, they require less use of fertilizers or pesticides.

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The “Made in the Shade” workshop is designed for the beginning or intermediate gardener, looking to make a positive environmental impact through the use of native plants. Attendees will learn how the cultivation of native species helps the environment. Students will be introduced to a variety of ornamental native plants that thrive in shade and can be grown at home.

The program is free, but registration is required by June 3. Class size is limited. After the workshop’s indoor presentation, participants should be prepared to work outdoors.  For more information, call 732-398-5262.