SOMERSET, NJ – Children between the ages of five to eight have the opportunity to get in touch with nature next Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Colonial Park. 

The Somerset County Park Commission Colonial Park Gardens staff will present “Flower Buds Let’s Get Growing,” a Children’s Garden Workshop."

During the event, children will, "create a butterfly, hummingbird, and goldfinch friendly garden to be enjoyed by all visitors throughout the growing season," according to a release from the Somerset County Park Commission. 

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Children will sow seeds, plant annuals, and perennials and will take home seed packets to start a home garden. The program will be held on Colonial Drive across from Parking Lot C.

Space is limited to ten children and they must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $15 per child, and all supplies will be provided. 

For additional information and to register, please call 732 873-2459 ext. 21, NJ Relay Service at 711 for individuals with hearing or speech impairment or www.somersetcountyparks.org.

The Colonial Park Gardens include the one-acre Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden, a formal display garden, comprising plantings with over 3,000 roses of 325 varieties. The garden is at its peak of color and fragrance from late spring into autumn. 

The Perennial Garden is a beautiful five-acre garden with a gazebo that provides year-round interest and color from its collection of flowering shrubs, bulbs, perennials, and annuals. 

The 144-acre Arboretum provides displays of flowering trees, evergreens, shade trees, dwarf conifers, and flowering shrubs. This includes the three-acre Shrub Collection which showcases plants that grow well in central NJ and are is designed to give year-round interest by using flowering shrubs; trees; perennials; and ornamental grasses; and the areas surrounding the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden and the Perennial Garden. 

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