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Maplewood Garden Club Presents 'The Natives are Restless: Outstanding Forms of Woody Native Plants'

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Monday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. the Maplewood Garden Club will have a presentation on The Natives Are Restless; Outstanding Forms of Woody Native Plants at the Maplewood Memorial Library (51 Baker Street).

Marc Montefusco, Director of Horticulture at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, will introduce the audience to some of his favorite “exotic natives,” any of which he says could find a place in a residential landscape. 

The presentation will also cover the "tremendous interest in native plants for residential gardens," which has grown as these plants are considered very sound choices from an ecological standpoint.  Montefusco explains that "some gardeners view the prospect of a predominantly native garden with some regrets." 

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"What about all those spectacular trees and shrubs from Asia and Europe?  Do we have to sacrifice visual excitement for good stewardship?  Fortunately for gardeners and the environment, the answer is no," said Montefusco.

Stunning new forms of native American plants are being introduced all the time, and the best of them inspire admiration in gardeners around the world, according to Montefusco.

The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

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