Gardens & Farm Activities: ‘Tis the Season!


Spring is finally arriving!  And ’tis the season for all things gardens and farms.  Whether you like to experience nature or simply learn about it, we have a great selection of activities.

  • NJ Audubon: Allendale Celery Farm Field Trip – April 7
    • Field trip to the Allendale Celery Farm, a wildlife oasis in the midst of highly developed Bergen County. Once the site of an actual farm, it is now a town preserve consisting of a large marsh area, open lake and wet woodland. A trail some 2 miles in length circles the marsh and shorter trails lead into the woodland area. We will stop at several vantage points as we circle the marsh, and check the wooded area for early migrants. In April we may encounter a number of newly arrived wetland birds — herons, American bittern and Virginia rail are all possible. Wood duck nests at the Celery Farm and other waterfowl species are usually present. We will also watch for passerine migrants including eastern phoebe, swallows, marsh wren and palm warbler. Surprises might include a Wilson’s snipe or water pipit. Parts of the trail may be wet to muddy so waterproof footgear is recommended.
  • Luck o’ the Farm – Fosterfields Living Historical Farm – April 14
    • Experience a day in the life of Irish immigrant farm workers and house servants who worked for the Foster family during the 19th century. Enjoy an open-air wagon ride around the farm, and immerse yourself in Irish culture through dancing, traditional Irish food, and fun, hands-on activities for all ages. Lend a hand with planting seeds, animal care, and other barnyard chores. Roll up your sleeves, and help weigh eggs, churn cream into butter, and pump water.
  • NJ Audubon: Edible Wild Plants – April 21
    • Now is the time to review what wild plants you can eat from your own garden areas. Even some invasive plants can be used as food. Recipes are included. If there is time we will walk along the trails.
  • Sculpting the Land: Creating Gilded Age Gardens – April 29
    • Have you ever wondered how the beautiful gardens and landscapes at Florham were designed?  Join the Friends of Florham on April 29, 2018 for a lecture by trustee Ed Zimmermann about Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architect of Central Park, and his approach to professionalizing the work of the landscape architect. With Florham as an example, Zimmermann will share the significance of Olmsted’s systematic approach to design, management, and execution, the work of other landscape architects at Florham, and their importance as pioneers in the industry.
  • Tales from the Garden with Dr. Allan Armitage
    • The Willowwood Foundation in partnership with the Morris County Park Commission is delighted to present the 4th Annual Tubbs Lecturer, Dr. Allan Armitage, on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 1:30 pm at the Stone Barn, Willowwood Arboretum.

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