Friday, May 17, 2019

Gardening and Composter-Making This Sunday, May 19

Meet at the Herrontown Woods main parking lot this Sunday morning, 10-12, to participate and learn as the Friends of Herrontown Woods transform a woodland clearing into a showplace for native plants. As we build paths, arrange fallen tree trunks into geometrical patterns to honor Oswald Veblen, weed out invasive species and add native plants and labels, the clearing is turning into a botanical garden. We sometimes call it a "Phoenix Garden," since it is rising from the fallen remains of a pine grove lost over the years to storms.

Come to help out, and at the same time learn about the common weeds of Princeton's gardens and preserves, and the many native plant species that will thrive if given a chance.

We'll also be making critter-proof composters. Called a Wishing (the Earth) Well, the composter is a leaf corral with an inner column for composting kitchen scraps, disguised by the surrounding leaves.

The parking lot for Herrontown Woods is down a short road off of Snowden Lane across from the main entrance to Smoyer Park. Click on this link for a map.

Kids young and old can check out the pollywogs in the two vernal pools just down from the parking lot.