NJ Native Plants Presentation and Conservancy General Meeting

Join the Brookdale Park Conservancy and guest speaker Kathleen Salisbury at the Verona Park Boat House for an educational talk entitled “Berries, Bark and Blooms” that will focus on the diverse world of our home state's native plants for year round garden interest. “Even a small landscape can be filled with enticing textures, beautiful blooms and gorgeous berries all year long if one learns how plants change throughout the seasons,” she explained. Mrs. Salisbury will also talked about the diversity of native plants in New Jersey and the many reasons to plant species that are native in this area.

After the talk we will hold a brief general membership meeting with Conservancy and park related updates (psst...Playground and Field House restroom renovations are coming to Brookdale Park in 2015). We invite you to stick around after the talk to find out more about what we do and how you can help make Brookdale Park extraordinary.

The presentation and meeting is free and open to the public - all are welcome and we encourage you bring friends!


Kathleen Salisbury is currently president of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey (npsnj.org), a Horticultural Educator at Penn State University's Bucks County Extension, and an Adult Education Instructor at the New York Botanical Garden. At home, she is an organic gardener who raises vegetables and chickens on 1¾ acres in southeastern Pennsylvania, where she moved recently after living in Wayne, NJ for ten years. Mrs. Salisbury holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley College and a Master of Science Degree in Public Horticulture Administration as a Longwood Graduate Fellow at the University of Delaware. She gardens, fends off deer and tends to her chickens with the help of her husband Michael DeVos, an ecological landscape designer, and her cat Emerson — who is purely decorative.

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