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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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Social Butterfly

Let's Be Social!

These days, that statement can mean a lot of different things. Here at the Arboretum, first and foremost, we want it to mean that you will be here on the grounds and in the gardens with us, your family, friends, and/or neighbors, learning something new, enjoying an event, exploring nature, making memories, and hopefully making new friends along the way, too!

This fall we've planned multiple opportunities for you to do just that. This month we bring back yoga &am...

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Boon

Etymologically speaking, the title of this post may or may not be related to the subject of this post – the heirloom gladiolus 'Boone', named for the North Carolina town where it was rediscovered. Boon in the sense of a gift or an unexpected benefit comes from the Old Norse. The name Boone – the town was named after famed frontiersmen Daniel Boone – comes from either the French locale Bohun, or from the Norman word "bon," for good, or from the Dutch word "boene", or bean, denoting someo...

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