Saturday, May 2, 2009

May environmental schedule

May 2 - Plant Sale 9am - 4 pm Annual Van Vleck House & Gardens Plant Sale offering unique and unusual shrubs, vines, perennials, tender perennials and trees. Many of the plants for sale are closely associated with the gardens, including plants favored by the late Howard Van Vleck. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and help visitors navigate the sale. Great Mother's Day gifts. 21 Van Vleck Street Montclair
May 2, Saturday Bloomfield will have an Eco-Fair from 10-2 at Brookside Park on the corner of Bay and Broad Streets.
5/2 -- Rand (Montclair's Environmental Magnet) Annual Community Eco-Fair has a "Green Innovations" tour--a self-guided tour of several residences(includes green kitchen renovations, solar installations, and properties of note) and one commercial property, GreenWorks at 100 Grove--Montclair's first LEED certified commercial space. Tour hours are 12-4 and begin at 176 North Fullerton; tickets $15/person or $20/couple or family. Proceeds support environmental programming and other educational initiatives at Rand. At the Eco-Fair (hours 10-4; no charge): kid-friendly activities (Storytellers: Brian Fox Ellis at 11; Nia Gill at noon), music, vendors, plant sale, and educational workshops. Questions? Call Kelly McDonald at 973-655-0146
Sunday, May 3: West Orange Eco-Energy Fair, 12:00 - 4:00pm Rain or Shine Interactive Workshops & Green Vendor Demonstrations, Liberty Middle School, Kelly Drive20 & Mt. Pleasant Ave., DEP Acting Director Mark Mauriello Guest Speaker. Sponsored by the West Orange Energy Commission, For participation information:
Sunday, May 3, 12-5PM A Gloriously Green Festival will be held at Congregation Agudath Israel at 20 Academy Road in Caldwell, but is an interfaith, community-wide festival. (I, Pat Kenschaft, will be speaking at 2:30 on lawn care.)
Wednesday, May 6 @ 10am and 6pm - Presby Iris Gardens VolunteerDay at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, 474 Upper Mountain Ave,Montclair. We need your energy and valuable time here at Presby. Whether you are an accomplished gardener or not a gardener at all, we have plenty for you to do. During the Bloom Season (May 10-June 7) we need cashiers for the gift shop and friendly faces to greet our thousands of visitors. In the off season, we are working to reclaim and replant the Victorian garden adjacent to the Walther house, as well as archiving our records and maintaining the Iris database. If you've been thinking about volunteering butdidn't think you had the time, this is the chance you've been looking for, volunteer opportunities are available on both a short term and long term basis - we will work with your schedule! Please come and be a part of the welcoming Presby Family. Call 973 783 5974 or email to learn how to volunteer.
Thursday, May 7, 2009 and Friday, May 8, 9:00am-5:00pm both daysAnnual Herb And Plant Sale sponsored by The Montclair Historical Society, 108 Orange Road, Montclair. 973-744-1796
Saturday, May 9 Montclair Historical Society Museum Shop, Baked goods, Cooking with herbs program, Museum tours, AND MORE! Family Day FunAnnual Herb And Plant Sale - 9:00am-5:00pm
Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 @ 10am-5pm - Garden Club ofMontclair / Presby Iris Gardens Mother's Day Weekend Plant Sale -located at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, 474 Upper Mountain Ave,Upper Montclair.Two fabulous Plant Sales are being held at Presby Iris Gardens. The Garden Club of Montclair is sponsoring a Deer Resistant Plant Sale featuring a huge selection annuals and perennials, and a collector's corner, as well as deer sprays /repellents. The proceeds from the Garden Club Plant Sale will support the beautification of the Montclair Public Schools. The Presby Iris Gardens sale will feature Irises, Peonies, Daylilies and heirloom vegetables. This combined sale will offer thousands of plants all at very reasonable prices. Experienced gardeners are available for advice, as well as a kid's corner with art projects and light refreshments. Full list of plants available at:
Saturday, May 9, 2009: HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF ANDERSON PARK:Learn about the founding of Anderson Park a century ago and how itshaped Upper Montclair and led to the formation of other parks intown. Also hear about plans to restore the park's landscape,designed by John Charles Olmsted, and place the park on theNational Register of Historic Places. Free. Sponsored by Friendsof Anderson Park. Meet at the boulder at the park's northeastentrance, near Bellevue Avenue, east of North Mountain Avenue;10:30 a.m. Light rain does not cancel, but heavy rain reschedulesto May 16, same time. Information: (973) 744-8433,
May 9: Glen Ridge will have an Eco-Fair from 10-2 at the corner of Ridgewood Avenue and Bloomfield.
Saturday, May 16: 2:00-5:00 PM (except Pat's) An Open Garden tour sponsored by the Cornucopia Network of NJ: Pat Kenschaft, 56 Gordonhurst Ave. 2:00 - 4:00 PM (last tour begins at 3:30) Displays in front yard will continue until 5:00 PM;Bob McClean, 51 Gordonhurst AvenueGrace Grund, 3 Dodd Street (8 blocks away) She also raises chickens and will host a meeting at 5:00 PM for current and prospective chicken raisers.Kevin Fried, 19 Dodd Street (3 houses down);Anne Sailer, 223 Valley Road; Jose German and Dave Wasmuth, 69 Grove Street;Judy Hinds, 156 Rhoda Avenue, Nutley;Lulu Hicks, 32 Smith Street, Bloomfield (first year garden)
May 17, Sunday 2:00-5:00 PM (except Pat's): Pat Kenschaft, 56 Gordonhurst Ave. 2:00 - 4:00 PM (last tour begins at 3:30) Displays in front yard continue until 5:00 PM;Scott Seale, 280 Upper Mountain Avenue (first year garden);Mary Szumski, 166 Alexander Ave. (first year garden);Necole Fabris, 8 Prospect Place, West Orange
May 19, Gray Russell, the Environmental Affairs Coordinator of Montclair, and expert on global warming, will give a talk at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on the environmental impact of coal mining and coal power plants.
June 30: Brookdale Park Rose Garden - Half a Century Celebration - 11am-4pm Come join The Essex County Master Gardeners and Essex County Parks and Recreation Department to celebrate the rose garden's 50 years of existence. The garden is on the right side as you enter the park via Grove St, Montclair. The parks department will provide refreshments and music. To sponsor a rose bed or to make a donation,email Master Gardener Susan Jankolovits at
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