FAR HILLS, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden has scheduled a program on  “The Magical Mysterious Monarch” on Thursday,  Aug.  24 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Road .

Scientists have long researched the wanderings of monarch butterflies to determine the destination of the large numbers seen during the summer and early fall in the northern regions of the United States. In the last 50 years, scientists have made inroads into determining the winter home of the multi-colored and beautiful creatures.

Cynthia Hedin, Somerset County Master Gardener, will present a lecture on the life cycle of the monarch and detail the recent findings regarding their winter destination

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Fee is $15 per person. Preregistration is required by calling Leonard J. Buck Garden at 908-234-2677, ext. 21 or NJ Relay 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment. Each participant in the program will receive six complimentary milkweed plants, as part of the Milkweed for Monarch Give-Away. 

Leonard J. Buck Garden is one of the premier rock gardens in the eastern United States consisting of a series of alpine and woodland garden areas situated in a 29-acre wooded stream valley.

Tucked among the rocks are rare and exotic rock garden plants. The wooded trails connecting the outcroppings are lined with beautiful wild flowers that have flourished and multiplied through the years. Throughout the garden grow various ferns.

Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org.