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‘Natives Gone Wild’: Nurseryman to speak at Master Gardeners’ program

Post Date:10/05/2017 12:02 PM
LAWRENCE, N.J.—Steven Kristoph, a popular adjunct instructor at Rutgers and owner and operator of a plant nursery in Millstone Township, Monmouth County, will share his passion for native plants on Wednesday evening, Oct. 25. The program, “Natives Gone Wild,” sponsored by the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Public Library, 1 Justice Alito Way, Hamilton Township. The talk is free to the public. Seating is limited, and preregistration is strongly recommended. Register by email at or call the Extension office at 609-989-6830.

In what promises to be an entertaining and educational evening, Mr. Kristoph will focus on native plants, reflecting the recent trend toward natives. Over the past 25 years there has been an increasing trend in the landscape industry toward using more native plants. Concerned over the invasiveness of some introduced species, environmental groups and others have succeeded in not only increasing awareness but have in some cases led the way to legislation that requires native plant use. The lecture includes mainstay natives as well as those demanding a second look for consideration, highlighting their ornamental value and relationship between other species that leads to a bio-diverse and sustainable landscape.

The Master Gardeners of Mercer County is a volunteer educational outreach program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 930 Spruce St., Lawrence. Rutgers Master Gardeners participate in many volunteer programs throughout the county, as well as answer home
Horticulture questions through their Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline, 609-989-6853, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March through October and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., November through February. For more information on the Rutgers Master Gardener program, the Mercer Educational Gardens or other Extension educational programs, contact Rutgers Cooperative Extension at 609-989-6830 or visit the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County website at

Cooperating Agencies: Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; U.S. Department of Agriculture and County Boards of Chosen Freeholders. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experimental Station, is an equal opportunity program provider and employer. Contact your local Extension Office for information regarding special needs or accommodations. Contact the State Extension Director's Office if you have concerns related to discrimination, 848-932-3584.
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