SOMERSET, NJ - Next Saturday, July 15, the Somerset County Park Commission will host its 18th annual "Garden Party" at the Perennial Garden at Colonial Park.

The party will start at 11 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m., and admission is free, but donations are kindly accepted. 
 
From 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. there will be a special lecture from Environmental Horticulturalist Kim Eierman titled "Plant It and They will Come: Creating a Bird-Friendly Landscape.” From 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. "The Plant Storyteller," Botanist Edith Wallace will lead a conversation on a range of topics from luna moth caterpillars to poisonous plants. 
 
 
Attendees can participate in a guided tour of the garden, starting at 2 p.m. 
 
The five-acre Perennial Garden was established in 1976 as a lilac collection, evolving over the decades into a garden that provides year-round horticultural interest. In spring, the garden comes alive with the colors and fragrances of daffodils, lilacs, daphnes, and pinks. Late spring and summer bring added color and form to the garden. Irises, peonies, roses, lilies, and coreopsis bloom among the many perennials and shrubs. In autumn, asters, ornamental grasses and butterfly bushes reach their peak bloom. Evergreens and winterberry hollies
provide interest well into the winter months. Amid green lawns and beds of colorful perennials, bulbs, trees, and shrubs, lies the focal point of the garden, the gazebo.
 
For information, call 732-873-2459 ext. 21 or the NJ Relay Service at 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment.

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