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Tap that Tree!

Having grown up in New England, I still always associate the month of February with maple sugaring. While the maple sugar season starts later up in New England, the beginning of February marks the start of the season here at the Arboretum. This past Saturday 10 families joined me in learning how we go about identifying and tapping our maple trees. We went over how to identify maple trees (look for the opposite branching), how to tell if the tree is old enough (it must be at least 30 inches i...

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October Discovery Saturdays

In October, our drop-in Saturday program focused on the Arboretum's "Historical Roots," with each session covering a different aspect of the past. Throughout the month, we explored topics including this area's role during the American Revolution. October 15 brought many visitors to the grounds, since it was Four Centuries in a Weekend, an opportunity for visitors to see historic sites throughout Union County.  Families who came to the Education Center discovered what it was like to be "A Ch...

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A welcome visitor to the Square Foot Garden

Last year the Black Swallowtail butterfly was named the official State Butterfly of New Jersey. On September 14th as I tended the RRA Square Foot Garden, I was rewarded with the sighting of one of these beautiful butterflies fluttering about.


On close examination, I noticed that this butterfly was not on an excursion for nectar. In fact, it was depositing its tiny yellow eggs on the tops of the leaves of the carrot plants that we have growi...

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