Native Plant Sale at Long Beach Island Foundation April 27

Learn About Pine Wilt Disease at Final Science Saturday of the Season
By JULIET KASZAS-HOCH | Apr 24, 2019

Loveladies — Celebrate Earth Day by planting a new tree this month. On Saturday, April 27, the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies, in partnership with the LBI Garden Club and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, will host a native plant sale from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The groups will also have representatives on site to teach attendees about bay-friendly landscaping.

A selection of locally grown native plants will be for sale while supplies last. “Bird walks and tours of the LBIF Nature Trail will also be offered,” LBIF membership and community coordinator Jillian Schratz noted.

“The LBI Foundation is thrilled to be able to educate Island residents and visitors about native plants and how they help support our ecosystems,” said Daniella Kerner, executive director of the Foundation. “I can think of no better way for our Island’s residents and visitors to get into the spring gardening season.”

In addition, a limited number of free red cedar tree seedlings will be given out to LBI residents who have lost trees to Pine Wilt Disease.

And, for the final Science Saturday presentation of the season, at 11 a.m., Richard Buckley, of the Plant Diagnostic Laboratory of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, will discuss Pine Wilt Disease and how to take corrective action. Pine Wilt is initiated by a nematode vectored to trees by a wood borer insect called the pine sawyer beetle.

Admission to Science Saturday, organized by the LBIF Science Committee, is free for Foundation members. A $5 donation per person is requested from all other attendees.

For more information, call 609-494-1241 or visit lbifoundation.org.  —J.K.H.

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