FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2012
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746

Learn Landscaping Tips to Deter Deer and Attract Birds to Your Garden


MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal offer adults, 18 and older, more landscaping classes this fall at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. The Trailside Museum Association is sponsoring these classes from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, October 27 (Deer Resistant Plants); and November 3 (Creating a Natural Wildlife Garden). Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcomed as space permits. There is no fee for these classes but donations are appreciated.

“These programs will provide residents with knowledge and skills to grow and maintain beautiful gardens,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The Board of Chosen Freeholders appreciates the Trailside Museum Association’s sponsorship of landscaping classes, as well as their ongoing support and commitment to Trailside.”

Bryan Lowe, consultant for HortSeminarsNJ, and a certified rain garden installer, will present these landscaping lectures. On Saturday, Oct. 27, the topic of discussion is deer-resistant plants. You’ll learn what plants are not attractive to deer, and what techniques work to deter deer.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, the class will examine the proper design for creating a backyard corner for attracting birds, as well as a landscape dedicated to providing food and shelter for our animal friends. The class will offer a chance to explore Trailside’s wildlife habitat.

The Trailside Museum Association, sponsor of these landscaping programs, is dedicated to assisting Trailside staff in their efforts to educate people in all aspects of nature, science and conservation by assisting with funding, volunteering and advocacy.

For information about the landscaping classes or about any other programs or upcoming events, call Trailside at 908-789-3670 or visit www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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