Step outside the Knippenberg Center and enjoy the new Native Plant Demonstration Garden. This horticultural feature provides landscaping for the center complex and opportunities for programs about New Jersey’s native plants and how homeowners can support the environment by their landscaping choices. This 6,000-square-foot garden features native plants and is designed to create habitats near the center. The garden includes some of the best native plants for home landscape use in our region. An interpretive sign and brochure direct visitors around the space, describing the plants, their value to the environment, and their role in the home landscape.
This unique garden was made possible by grants from the California-based Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust and The Ira A. Roschellle, MD Family Foundation. Kathleen Salisbury, President of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey, developed the original concept design and plant list. Elaine Fogerty, Executive Director of Laurelwood Arboretum and former Rutgers University County Agricultural Assistant, finalized the design and plant selection and implemented the project.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum offers tours and educational programs for the Native Plant Demonstration Garden and has created an interpretive brochure for a self-guided tour.