Somerset County

Upcoming Event

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Pollinator Day at Bountiful Gardens

Stop by Bountiful Gardens, located at 135 Route 206, Hillsborough on June 15th from 9am-3pm for Pollinator Day. There will be a wide selection of Native Perennials, Grasses, Shrubs, Ferns, and Trees available for purchase.

Speaker Schedule:

Prof. Steven Handel of Rutgers University at 10:30am and 1:30pm on the Value of Native Plants.

Just Added to the morning session- Prof. Mike Gochfeld, author of Butterflies of New Jersey

Dan Ilkow, MLA at Bountiful Gardens at 11am and 2pm on Designing a Garden with Native Plants.

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About the Somerset County Chapter

Somerset County is located in the picturesque (and somewhat mythical) region of Central New Jersey, renowned for its historic towns, lush landscapes, and diverse ecosystems. Our goal as a chapter is to assemble individuals passionate about botany, ecology, native plant gardening, and environmental stewardship, in our collective endeavor to appreciate, conserve, and study New Jersey’s indigenous plants and their habitats.

We warmly welcome everyone, from novice gardeners to expert botanists, interested in enriching their landscapes with native plants, cultivating gardens that support local wildlife, and actively participating in our region’s unique botanical legacy. Our meetings, workshops, and special events will provide a platform for collaboration, learning, and celebration of the beauty and importance of New Jersey’s native plants. Join us in the Somerset County Chapter as we explore, protect, and celebrate the flora that defines our state, contributing to a greener and more sustainable New Jersey.

Leaders: Valerie Szkodny and Nancy Toro

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Steering Committee

Scott Breeman- Duke Farms- Conservation Coordinator

Shona Erlenborn- Rutgers Master Gardener, Rutgers Environmental Steward

Ellen Locker- Rutgers Master Gardener, Rutgers Environmental Steward

Stephanie Punnett- NJ Audubon-Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary Program Director

Dan Ross- Environmental Education Center- Environmental Stewardship Coordinator

Valerie Szkodny- Chapter Co-Leader, Rutgers Master Gardener and Rutgers Environmental Steward

Nancy Toro- Chapter Co-Leader, Rutgers Master Gardener and Rutgers Environmental Steward

Doug VornlockerSomerset County Park Commission- Manager of Park Rangers and Property Management

Lisa Weinstock- Rutgers Master Gardener and Rutgers Environmental Steward