RINGWOOD, N.J. -- Come help add hundreds of daffodils to the New Jersey State Botanical Garden at its annual daffodil planting, Saturday, Oct. 15.
NJBG's annual daffodil planting adds to the lavish displays that bloom in late April throughout the garden. These deer-resistant blooms return year after year in vibrant shades of yellow, orange, salmon and white. Daffodils are a low-maintenance addition to any garden.
Volunteers will work with the garden's expert staff, so no experience is necessary, and children are welcome. "Bring the whole family and help create beauty for thousands of visitors to enjoy," organizers note. You'll also get great ideas and tips for spring bulbs in your own garden.
Bring gloves and a trowel if you have them, and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center. The work will begin at at 10 a.m.
NJBG has hands-on workshops throughout the growing season, working with many different plants under expert guidance. Next year's workshops and walks featuring lilacs, wildflowers and more.
The Botanical Garden, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the winter. Admission is free. Parking is also free in fall, winter and spring. It is on Morris Road in Ringwood. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, call 973-962-9534 or visit its website.
In 1966, the State of New Jersey purchased the 1,117 acres of Skylands, a former country estate and the state's first acquisition under the "Green Acres" preservation program. Gov. Thomas Kean designated the central 96 acres surrounding the Manor as the official State Botanical Garden in 1984.
Since 1976, NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported nonprofit organization of volunteers, has worked with the state to preserve and protect Skylands and its historic structures. NJBG sponsors programs, concerts and events throughout the year at the Botanical Garden.