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WHAT TREE IS THAT?
A tree identification walk at the Mapleton Preserve
Saturday, August 8, 2015, 2 PM
Catalpa tree at Mapleton Preserve–photo by Tari Pantaleo
Learn some of the basics of tree identification at the Mapleton Preserve at the D & R Canal State Park’s Headquarters (145 Mapleton Road, Kingston). We will examine native and ornamental trees and learn about their characteristics through discussion, tree ID guides, and a key in this walk led by Karen Linder, president of FPNL. The event will be held rain or shine, and is FREE to the public. Call (609) 683-0483 for more information.
ENO TERRA FARM TO TABLE EVENT
Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2 to 6 PM
Looking for something fun to do with the family this summer? Come to Eno Terra Restaurant in Kingston for their annual outdoor farm to table event. This year, half of the net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands!
There will also be live music and a petting zoo! The event is rain or shine.
Make reservations online here: Taste of Place (click on August 16th, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Taste of Place image), or call Eno Terra for reservations at 609-497-1777.
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY VOLUNTEER SESSION
Saturday, September 26, 2015, 2 to 4 PM
ENVIRONMENTALIST POETRY READING BY DANIEL HARRIS
Sunday, November 1, 2015, 3 PM
FPNL ANNUAL MEETING
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
“From Witches to Windrows: The Culture of Landscape”
Aura Star, Professor Emerita of Botany, The College of New Jersey, gave an absorbing illustrated talk to a packed house about landscape architecture and the culture of landscape. On a journey from Stonehenge through Versailles and Central Park to Princeton and Trenton, she talked about changing concepts and styles, and some of the notable architects of the world’s great parks and gardens–among others, Capability Brown, Frederick Law Olmstead, and Beatrix Farrand–and gave us a glimpse at post-modern landscape design by such luminaries as Martha Schwartz (http://www.landscapeonline.com/research/article/11728) and Charles Jencks (http://www.charlesjencks.com/#!the-garden-of-cosmic-speculation).
EAT YOUR WEEDIES FORAGING WORKSHOP
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Debbie Naha, a foraging expert and naturalist who holds an MS degree in Food and Nutrition from NYU, gave a fascinating indoor slide talk followed by a foraging walk and taste testing in the Mapleton Preserve.
Participants identified and tried many wild edible plants, such as bitter cress, wood sorrel, wild strawberry, cinquefoil, lambs’ quarters, garlic mustard, violets, dead nettle, greenbriar, redbud blossoms, and Japanese knotweed. To learn more, visit Debbie’s web site: http://www.wildediblesnjpa.com/
SIGNS OF LIFE ON A WINTER’S DAY
Saturday, February 21, 2015
On a cold, snowy afternoon, Karen Linder led a walk through the fields of the Mapleton Preserve, observing signs of life in the winter landscape–buds, insect galls, animals and birds, evidence of feeding, tracks, and scat. The Princeton Nursery Lands are a beautiful place to wander in winter!
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY VOLUNTEER WORK SESSION
Monday, January 19, 2015
On a brisk but sunny afternoon, an enthusiastic crew took on multiple tasks–clearing of vines and brush from an overgrown tree row, cleaning up the butterfly garden, cutting back wisteria along the fence opposite the ginkgo row, removing invasives adjacent to the Education Building, and collecting litter.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
One hundred and twenty-two people turned out for our 1.5 mile loop hike through the Mapleton Preserve, into the fields on the other side of Mapleton Road, along the D&R Canal and back to the Preserve. Getting that many into a photo was a new challenge for photographer Jonathan Michalik, but we think he did an admirable job!
OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS–A THANKSGIVING DAY WALK
Thursday, November 27, 2014
FPNL president Karen Linder led a Thanksgiving Day morning exploration of the Mapleton Preserve.
During the walk, someone asked what the cone-like seedpod of the Southern Magnolia was called, so she researched it. Here is how it looks.
The entire unit is called either a receptacle or a follicetum, made up of an array of smaller follicles that are originally closed, but then split open to reveal the red seeds inside. The similarity to a cone reveals the plant’s early heritage – magnolias were one of the first flowering plants, evolving 130 million years ago. Cone-like fossils similar to magnolia receptacles have been found in the fossil record.
She came across another interesting factoid – magnolia petals are tough because they were originally meant to attract the attention of beetles rather than bees (which do not appear in the fossil record until 100 million years ago). Since there were no insects specially adapted to live as pollinators when magnolia-like trees first appeared, the petals and reproductive structures of these first flowering trees had to be robust to survive attention from the hungry clumsy beetles (toughness which has passed on to the modern ornamental trees).