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.


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 

Our Next Meeting

Tuesday February 9th, 2016 7:00 PM
This Month's Topic:

"Monarchs and Milkweed: Pollinators and Plants"

Presented by Keara R. Giannotti 





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   
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The speaker is Keara R. Giannotti. Keara is an environmental educator and the Executive Director of Project HEAL (Human, Environmental & Animal Links), a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing and restoring the connection between children and nature. The organization provides year-round nature programs for children and adults, environmental education programs for schools and scouts, and an outdoor


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. 



The speaker is Keara R. Giannotti. Keara is an environmental educator and the Executive Director of Project HEAL (Human, Environmental & Animal Links), a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing and restoring the connection between children and nature. The organization provides year-round nature programs for children and adults, environmental education programs for schools and scouts, and an outdoor summer day camp called Camp Creek Run, which is also the name of its 50-acre nature preserve located in Marlton, NJ.  Ms. Giannotti loves talking about nature with people almost as much as she enjoys exploring it, and has a particular interest in birding, insects, fungi, and forest ecology.

Carmen Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill, NJ Free and open to the public. to donate or shop. Call Gwenne Baile, (856) 816-8108 for more information or visit the website: www.HSSJ.org.

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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. 

Glories of the Garden State:

HSSJ Trip May 21, 2016 

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. 

Tuesday February 9th, 2015 7:00 PM

"Monarchs and Milkweed: Pollinators and Plants"

Horticultural Society of South Jersey

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.