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Somerset County Hosts Container Gardening with Edible Plants Workshop for Kids


FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission Horticulture Department has scheduled “Container Gardening with Edible Plants,” a workshop for children age 7 to 10 accompanied by an adult. The workshop is limited to 10 participants.

The program is scheduled for Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Colonial Park Fragrance & Sensory Garden, Parking Lot A, 156 Mettlers Road in Somerset, Franklin Township.

Colonial Park Gardens staff will lead an informative and entertaining workshop on edible plants. The program will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Fragrance & Sensory Garden, learning about edible plants and creating an edible container garden to bring home. All supplies will be provided.

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Fee is $15 per child. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, June 22, 2017 and may be done in person at the Horticulture Office at Colonial Park Gardens, Lot F, online, or by calling 732-873-2459 ext. 21or NJ Relay 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment.

The Colonial Park Gardens include the Arboretum, the Perennial Garden, and the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden.

The 144-acre Arboretum, a living tree museum, contains labeled specimens of flowering trees, evergreens, shade trees, dwarf conifers, and flowering shrubs. This includes the three-acre Shrub Collection that showcases plants that grow well in central NJ and are designed to give year-round interest.

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

The Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden, a formal display garden, comprising one acre of plantings with over 3,000 roses of 325 varieties.  The garden is at its peak from late spring into autumn.

Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet

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