RUTGERS MASTER GARDENERS of Cumberland County are not fair weather gardeners, and demonstrated that by showing up at Bayshore Center at Bivalve on a cold wet morning to work on the renovation project of the planting by the entrance to the center. The team did some behind-the-scenes work by submitting a soil sample for analysis, researching appropriate native plants that work for the site conditions and developing a garden plan. Particular attention was given to coastal, butterfly and nectar plants in consideration that the area is a flyway for birds and butterflies. The hands-on work included raking away clam shells, cutting back phragmites, and planting the various plants. The team will help monitor the upkeep of the garden for the first year, while developing an upkeep manual for the staff for future years. From left: Marilyn English, Allen English, Marie Nicke, Claudia Rempfer, Beth Osborn and Bill Martin.
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