Master Gardeners Open Butterfly House To The Public On June 1

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — Rutgers Cooperative Center Extension of Middlesex County invites the public to visit the EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick, NJ for a day of fun and educational activities, on Saturday, June 1.

First, the Rutgers Master Gardeners will open their Butterfly House on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. – noon. It will be open for the public’s enjoyment every Saturday and Sunday in June, July and August from 10 a.m. to noon starting on June 1. The butterfly house is educational and fun for the entire family. This “hoop house” is filled with plants that feed and shelter butterflies and larvae native to New Jersey. The enclosed conditions allow visitors to take an up close look at these showy insects and learn more about their host plants and how to attract them to the home garden. Interested children will be armed with nets and invited to capture more butterflies for the house. There is no charge, unless you wish to make a donation.

Later that day from 12:30 to 2 p.m. there will be a Garden Workshop on Beneficial Insects. In this lecture attendees will get an idea of which insects help them in the garden by preying on insects harmful to desirable plants. Learn how to attract “beneficials“ to your garden and reduce pesticide use in your home landscape. The recognition and use of beneficial insects for pest control is one key concept in the practice of “Integrated Pest Management” or IPM. There is a $15 donation requested for registration to this workshop .

Master Gardeners are trained by Rutgers Cooperative Extension experts to provide sound advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship to residents of their home county. Also found at the Middlesex County EARTH Center are various demonstration gardens including a huge vegetable display garden, and a 13 bed hard-scaped herb garden.

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