February 2022 Events 

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Bergen Passaic Delaware Bayshores Essex Highland Park Hudson Hunterdon Jersey Shore Rancocas Nature Center Southeast Sussex Other Events


Wednesday February 16, 2022 at 7:00 PM
"An Introduction to Xeriscape Gardening"
Joe Alvarez
Delaware-Bay Chapter

Xeriscaping is a word originally coined in 1978 to describe landscaping with water conservation as a major objective. The term is derived from the words "xeros," meaning dry and landscape creating the practice of xeriscaping. Xeriscaping offers an opportunity to select plants compatible with local conditions. Xeriscapes can have color, blooms, lushness and possibly turf. The Seven Principles of Xeriscaping will help establish a garden that will reduce dependency on water and maintenance. 

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Joe AlvarezJoe has a BS Biology Degree with a minor in Environmental Science from Stockton University. Joe is currently a professor at Rowan College of South Jersey, Cumberland Campus Ag-Hort Program and a Co-Chair of the Hort-Aide Committee for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society 2022 Philadelphia Flower Show.

With over 40 years experience with the landscape and nursery industry, Joe is a former president of the Native Plant Society of NJ and Master Gardener Instructor and former Agricultural Program Assistant for the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County.

With over fourteen years experience as an educator, he is currently a lecturer for the Cape May County Library's Adult Education Series on Horticulture and Gardening. Combining experience as a beekeeper and a horticulturalist gives him a unique perspective when it comes to pollinators forage sources for both native and ornamental species. 

Bergen Passaic Chapter

Bergen Passaic Chapter: February Meeting:

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Bergen/Passaic Chapter presents: Webinar - "Partners for Life: Fungi & Plants"
Steve Kutos
Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of New Mexico's Department of Biology.

Registration is now Available Click here to REGISTER

Becky Laboy Fungi and plants have coexisted for millions of years. Without both organisms, our world would look very different. Here I will discuss the wonderful world of fungi and their close relationship with plants.

NJ Do not plant list:https://www.fohvos.info/invasive-species-strike-team/info-center/

After the COVID 19 pandemic, all chapter meetings will take place on the second Wednesday of the month from September to June, at the Headquarters of the NY-NJ Trail Conference. All meetings start at 7:30 PM

Co-leaders are Tom Bender, Elaine Silverstein and Vicky Katzman.

They can be reached at:bergenpassaic@npsnj.org


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Delaware Bayshores Chapter

Delaware Bayshore Chapter Meeting
Monday Night---- 2022 from 7 PM-8:30 PM

Next on the Guest Speaker Series


Don't Forget!

Our yearly meetings are held on the first Monday of the month from September 2020 thru June 2021 except for holidays (they will be the following Monday). 

Hope to see you soon,
Karla, Julie, and Joe  delbaynps5@gmail.com

For more information:email:debayshores@npsnj.org


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Essex Chapter

Native Plant Society of NJ - Essex Chapter  

Sunday, February 27, 2 -3 p.m
Featuring Dennis Hillerud, Essex Co. Steering Committee Member and Master Gardener

When can I cut my perennials down?
What is the best time to prune my shrubs?
What are some spring native plants that I can add to my garden??
Join us for an interactive meeting to answer these and ALL of your gardening questions!
There will be time for you to ask questions and share information.  

Register below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


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For questions, email Deb Ellis at essex@npsnj.org.

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The Essex County Chapter began in January 2019 and is sponsoring tables at plant sales, open garden tours, gardening workshops, and native plant/seed exchanges. 

The co-leaders are Deb Ellis and Alice van Straalen.  If you have questions or would like to be involved, please email the chapter at essex@npsnj.org.

Meet our chapter- Essex chapter


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Highland Park Chapter

To be announced


Our meetings are held at the Eugene Young Environmental Education Center, 20 River Road at 7:30pm. click here for a map

For more information contact Mary and Belinda at highlandpark@npsnj.org.

Meet our chapter- Highland Park chapter


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Hudson Chapter

Hudson Chapter:


Personal Habitat: The Bird-friendly Backyard

This event is open to all.  

Co-leaders: Kim Correro, Lorraine Freeney and Dawn Giambalvo. Contact: hudson@npsnj.org

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Hunterdon Chapter

Month Meeting:

Tuesday, ----, 2022 at 7:00 PM
North Branch of the Hunterdon County Library
65 Halstead Street, Clinton

Speaker: TBD 
Topic: TBD


Everyone is invited - you do not have to be a Hunterdon resident. Share this information with any others who may be interested. The program is free. All our meetings will be at the North Branch of the Hunterdon County Library, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton, and at 7:00 unless noted otherwise.   No meetings in July, August and December.

More information: hunterdon@npsnj.org

Chapter contacts are Susan Haake and Dawn Pogosaew: hunterdon@npsnj.org

Find out how this chapter has been supporting native plants: About Hunterdon Chapter


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Jersey Shore Chapter

Jersey Shore Chapter Meeting:
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We look forward to seeing you at our meetings!

Dear Jersey Shore Chapter members and native plant enthusiasts, as a reminder, the Jersey Shore Chapter meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm.

Jersey Shore Chapter Co-leaders,
Karen Walzer, Pam Almeida and Becky Laboy

For more information: email:jerseyshore@npsnj.org


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Rancocas Nature Center Chapter

February Meeting:


Monday, February 28th, from 7-8:30pm
Webinar Online .
Beautiful Native Plants Year-round  
Leah Brooks, Mt. Cuba Center's Public Programs Assistant

Native plants fit beautifully into the landscape because they are adapted to our local growing conditions. Join Leah Brooks, Mt. Cuba Center's Public Programs Assistant, and native plant enthusiast, and learn a variety of wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and vines that are ideal for home gardens. You will be equipped to add color, texture, ecological services, and seasonal interest to your landscape!  

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For more information contact rancocas@npsnj.org.

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Southeast Chapter

Souheast Chapter Meeting:

Monday Feb 21, 2022 07:00 PM
Webinar: Trees and Shrubs for a Jersey-Friendly Winter Wildlife Garden
Speaker: Becky Laboy
Education Outreach Specialist for the Ocean County Soil Conservation District

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Becky LaboyTrees and shrubs are essential to attracting and sustaining wildlife in your winter garden. Becky LaBoy will use the Jersey-Friendly Yards website to identify and explore native trees and shrubs that offer food and shelter for birds and other wildlife, and that provide beauty and interest to our winter yards. Tips and techniques for creating brush piles, installing roosting and nesting boxes, and for maintaining stems and leaves for overwintering beneficial insects will also be discussed.

Ms. Laboy is the Education Outreach Specialist for the Ocean County Soil Conservation District. She has over 20 years of experience working as an educator in both formal and informal education and natural science settings. She holds an MA in Education, a BS in Environmental Biology and a BA in International Relations. Becky enjoys landscaping her own yard to attract and support birds and wildlife and strives to inspire others to make small but positive changes in home landscaping practices for a healthier planet. 


We are excited about our local NPSNJ chapter that serves native plant enthusiasts in Atlantic County and Cape May County as well as anyone from areas west or north who would like to join us. We hold eight evening meetings a year on the 3rd Monday of the month (September, October, November, February, March, April, May, and June).

For more information, contact Jesse Connor at email:  southeast@npsnj.org

Jesse Connor, Jack Connor, Barbara Fiedler, and Steve Fiedler

Meet our chapter- Southeast chapter


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Sussex Chapter

Meetings Our meetings have been ongoing on Zoom during COVID-19 restrictions. We look forward to the Sussex-Wantage Library reopening it's community room again, so that in 2022 we can resume our monthly meetings there on the first Monday of the month.

Sussex Chapter Meeting:

Monday, February 7, 2022 7:00pm on Zoom.

Happy New Year to our Sussex Chapter members! It's time to start planning for the coming growing season. On Monday, February 7, 2022 at 7pm via zoom join in the conversation about our "Successes & Failures" from this past year. We will also finish up our discussion about "Pests" from November's meeting. If any of you have seed/plant nursery information to share, bring that along. See you all soon!

Access through the Sussex Chapter.


There is no meeting in December or January.

Chapter leaders: Cynthia Rauth & April Fisher

For more information contact our Sussex County Co-leaders: Cynthia Rauth and April Fisher at: sussex@npsnj.org

Meet our chapter- Sussex chapter


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Other Announcements

To be announced

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