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Jersey-Friendly Yards Conference

October 20, 2018 @ 8:15 am - 3:00 pm

“Inspiration for Your Jersey-Friendly Yard”

Clean water and healthy habitat for wildlife starts in our own yards!  Join us at the second annual Jersey-Friendly Yards conference at Ocean County College and be inspired to make your yard “Jersey-Friendly” and “Bay-Friendly” through environmentally-friendly landscaping practices.

This year’s conference offers a series of expert-led workshops about the eight steps to a Jersey-Friendly yard. Kathy Salisbury, Director of Temple University’s Ambler Arboretum and a past president of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey, will give the keynote address, “Buds, Blooms, Berries and Bark – Native Plants for Multiple Seasons of Interest.”

Pinelands Direct, Steve Kristoph Nursery, and Earth First Native Plant Nursery will have a great selection of plants ready for fall planting at the native plant sale to be held during the conference.
Workshop Sessions

The six workshops will be repeated during each of three 45-minute sessions. During registration you can indicate your first preference for each workshop session.

A. Plan Before You Plant:  Garden Design with Native Ericaceous Plants

What to plant where?  Sometimes it’s hard to get started on a new garden project. Steve Kristoph, owner of Steve Kristoph Nursery, will share his expertise on garden planning and design and his vast knowledge about native Ericaceous plants.

B. Start with Healthy Soil:  Don’t Treat Your Soil Like Dirt!

What is happening beneath my feet? Eileen Miller, owner of Healthy Landscapes, will give you the dirt on soil. She will show you how to assess the soil in your yard and keep it healthy.

C. Water Wisely:  Rain Gardens 101

Will a rain garden work in my yard? Shari Kondrup, Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority’s Source Water Outreach and Education Coordinator, will explain the basics of designing and installing a rain garden at home.

D. Fertilize Less:  Organic Land Care

How can I go organic in my yard? Richard McCoy, owner of Richard A. McCoy Horticultural Services, will share his tips for organic land care, including how to grow healthy turf organically and replace high-maintenance lawn areas with native plantings.

E. Minimize Risks When Managing Pests:  Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Your Yard

What is IPM anyway? Master Gardener Educators Georgina Price and Phyllis Delesandro will show you how to identify and monitor garden pests and manage them using safer methods of control.

F. Create Wildlife Habitat:  Pollinators in Peril – Native Plants to the Rescue!

How can I create a haven for pollinators? John Black, President of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey, will explore just what we mean by “native” plants and how pollinators depend on them. This workshop will cover what type of plants are necessary to truly support and attract our native pollinators.

Keynote: Buds, Blooms, Berries and Bark – Native Plants for Multiple Seasons of Interest
Kathy Salisbury, Director of Ambler Arboretum, will talk about native plants that delight throughout the year.  Frequently in New Jersey, space in our yards is limited. We must be choosy when it comes to plant selection.  Kathy Salisbury’s rule is “if I can’t eat you, you must be interesting in at least three seasons to live in my yard” and so she started collecting native plants with multiple seasons of interest. Sometimes this requires thinking differently about a plant’s features, and it always results in a more dynamic landscape. Kathy will cover some of her favorite native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants that delight throughout the year while challenging us to redefine interesting.

Seats will go quickly, so register now for this great event!  The cost to attend is $35.00, which includes all conference activities, morning refreshments, and lunch.

The event will open at 8:15 a.m. for sign-in, morning refreshments, native plant sale, and exhibits. The speakers will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Questions?  Contact Karen Walzer, Barnegat Bay Partnership’s Public Outreach Coordinator, at kwalzer@ocean.edu.




October 20, 2018
8:15 am - 3:00 pm
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Barnegat Bay Partnership
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Ocean County College, Gateway Building Lecture Hall
1 College Drive
Toms River, NJ 08754
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