Glories of the Garden State:

HSSJ Trip May 21, 2016 

Tuesday May 10th, 2016 7:00 PM  

"Plant Swap"

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 Our Annual
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of South Jersey 

Plant Swap

We will visit the Bamboo Brook Gardens, Morris County, well known for their water features among the gardens, designed by early, famed landscape architect, Martha B. Hutcheson, an early advocate of civic horticulture.   We continue on to Willowwood Arboretum and Gardens,  the site of a 17th century French Huegenot farm, set against the Hacklebarney Hills of the Piedmont.   Enjoy a beautiful open setting with annuals, perennials, paths, ferns  and magnificent trees: sequoia, oaks, and chestnuts. 

Horticultural Society of South Jersey

Travels will take us north, to LONG, LONG, AGO, back to glacial times…Now Morris and Somerset Counties, NJ....where we will appreciate our own Garden State, its fascinating botany and geology.

15,000 years ago,  the Wisconsin Ice Sheet stopped short of today’s Interstate 80.  As the glacier melted and retreated, dammed by the hard , igneous trap ridge Watchung Mountains,  massive runoff created a huge Glacial Lake Passaic,  which then drained through the Great Falls of (today) the Passaic ( Paterson). What is exciting for us:   after millennia, the immense lake drained, filled with organic debris and became a vast marshland,  home to hundreds of species of plants, birds, and animals.  Welcome to the Great Swamp of NJ!

Join us as we leave the familiar Coastal Plain of S. Jersey and travel into the Central Piedmont to the area surrounding this immense Glacial Lake,  site of magnificent marshes, grasslands and woodland. Fascinating books have been written to detail the threat posed by the NY Port Authority to this unique area,  who planned to create the world’s largest jetport.  Our garden venues will present the botany surrounding the Great Swamp, as well as a possible viewing stop. 

Plant Swap presented by the Horticultural Society of South Jersey—7-9 pm at the Carmen Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. Free and open to the public. Come and share your plant abundance with members and guests. Suggested plants include houseplants, seedlings, seeds, bulbs, succulents and cacti, water plants and clean garden tools in good condition. No invasive, sick, or insect-infested plants. Please I.D. your plant and list growing instructions. For more information, call 856-816-8508 or go to


After a private lunch in the historic Stone Barn of Willowwood, we will be off to visit the Leonard J. Buck Gardens, Somerset County,  a unique public garden,  located in a setting which is a direct result of the huge  glacial lake- 29 acres of naturalistic woodland trails, gorge and stunning basalt rock outcrops.  It is abundant with wild flower trails, interesting geology notes, and spring flowers.   Its rocky gorge, Moggy Hollow National Landmark, is the direct result of icy torrents 

cascading out of the glacial lake.  Many of the flowering shrubs and trees in this unique landscape are rare and peak in spring…alpines, wildflowers, azaleas, ferns and perennials. Spring will be resplendent in these gardens and arboreta, offering their great variety. Seats will be limited on this trip;.  HSSJ members receive confirmation priority, based on date of deposit receipt.  Please register early, trip includes RT motorcoach (restroom onboard, please no smoking, alcohol, or peanut products),  guided  tour each venue, lunch, taxes, gratuities.
Departure:  7:15 AM, Cherry Hill Municipal Building, Mercer St., Cherry Hill, NJ/ return: late day.

COST PER PERSON:    Member - $68;   Non-member/ guest  - $78

DEPOSIT, PER PERSON:   $ 30  DUE:   MARCH  8, 2016   

Balance DUE:   APRIL  15, 2016 

CHECKS payable to HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY of SJ, or to HSSJ.  Please mail all deposits with registration form to June Greiser,  17 Isaac La., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. 

If questions, please call June,  856-667-7135 or Carol, 609-217-7058.

All deposits are non-refundable; trip goes rain or shine   
Click Here for Registration Form