Allentown Garden Club of New Jersey

Oct 9, 2014   -  Monthly Meeting:    Coming Home to Natural New Jersey

Weaving together ecology and personal anecdotes, Jared Rosenbaum explores ways we can support nature in our home landscapes by planting native wildflowers and shrubs.

By painting a picture of two characteristic New Jersey habitats, the meadow and the forest, Jared will discuss the ancient interdependancies between native plants and wildlife including birds, bees and butterflies.  Native plants that translate well into home landscapes will be featured, and their cultural uses as foods and medicines will be highlighted in addition to the ecology they represent.

Jared Rosenbaum is the co-owner of Wild Ridge Plants, a family business that grows native plants for home gardens and ecological restoration.  He is also the Plant Stewardship Index Coordinator at Bowmans's Hill Wildflower Preserve.  Jared has extensive professional experience in the stewardship and restoration of natural areas, in native plant propagation, and in botanical surveys of wild plant communities.  Jared is the author of Plant Local: Do-It Yourself Native Plant Gardens, and is prominently featured in the documentary film Sourlands.  HIs writings on plant ecology, lore and uses can be found at