Bergen-Passaic chapter of Native Plant Society meets Nov. 21

The next meeting of the Bergen-Passaic chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey (NPSNJ) will take place on Thursday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m., at Ender Hall, Room 153, at Bergen Community College in Paramus (go to www.bergen.edu for detailed directions). The speaker will be Dr. Hubert Ling, Horticulturist for the NPSNJ. He will talk about easy-to-grow native plants and will touch on many topics of great interest to home gardeners, such as plant propagation, gardening for butterflies, and shade-loving plants. Plants and seeds will be available for purchase at a nominal charge.  Admission is free and all are welcome.

The NPSNJ is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation, protection, and study of the native flora of New Jersey. Founded in 1985, the group has hundreds of members across the state organized into county and regional chapters. Members include gardeners, horticulturists, naturalists, landscape designers, students, and native plant enthusiasts from all walks of life. For more information about NPSNJ, go to https://www.npsnj.org/.

NPSNJ conducts regular lectures and presentations with featured speakers on topics ranging from introduction to native plants, gardening with natives, identification and appreciation of the beautiful flora and ecosystems of New Jersey, ecological landscaping, and much more. The new Bergen-Passaic chapter will hold 8 meetings per year. The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 9, 2014. The speaker will be Melissa Almendinger,  the Education Director for the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Force (NJISST), a group responsible for protecting local natural areas by monitoring them for invasive plants and selectively removing invasives.

The Nov. 21 meeting will also include a discussion about future programming, information about other NPSNJ events, and an opportunity to meet like-minded native plant enthusiasts. For more information about the Bergen-Passaic chapter, contact bergenpassaic@npsnj.org

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