Rumson Garden Club (RGC) partnered with Sandy Hook Division of Gateway National Recreation Area (GNRA) in recent months, working to remove invasive plants and replace them with native species. The partnership – created with a Partners4Plants grant received last spring from the Garden Clubs of America – also included help from the Sandy Hook Foundation and students from Henry Hudson High School.
In June, RGC members teamed with Doug Adamo, GNRA’s director of natural resources (GNRA), three seasonal park workers, Betsy Barrett of Sandy Hook Foundation, and Henry Hudson High School at the two locations. Together, they planted over 100 grasses and goldenrod, all propagated at Jamaica Bay Park.
The second stage of the project was delayed when rare sea turtles nested in one of the GNRA parks in September. Adamo and his team served as sea turtle “mid-wives.” After the sea turtles successfully birthed in early October, five RGC members and one spouse joined Adamo, Barrett and three Americorps interns to continue the Partners4Plants project.
The group planted 80 each of Prunus maritima (beach plum), Rosa Carolina, Morella pensylvanica (northern bayberry) that were purchased with grant funds. They also started removing some invasive sedge grasses. Henry Hudson High School students will continue digging up the sedge at a later date, and phase three of the project is set for the spring of 2019,
The participants – ranging in age from their 20s to 70s – were energized by the project. One RGC member commented, “I can’t wait to see the bayberry and beach plum grow and blossom.”
Save the date! Rumson Garden Club will host a public lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 11 am to noon, featuring Dale Rosselet, vice president for education at the New Jersey Audubon Society, who will discuss Attracting Birds in Every Season. The lecture will take place at Rumson Country Club.