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* “Legendary Locations” Exhibit
October 11, 2013 – January 7, 2014
Heather Barros Andee Orlando
Heather Barros Catherine Martzloff
For more information, go to the South Brunswick Arts Commission web site: http://www.sbarts.org/
If you wish to purchase a work or to contact the artists for any other reason, go to: Legendary Artists
* Kingston Historical Society Exhibit on Princeton Nurseries
Saturdays and Sundays through October 2013
10 am – 6:00 PM, Kingston Lock-tender’s House on the D&R Canal at Route 27
*What’s for Dinner at the Preserve?
Thursday, November 28, 2013 (Thanksgiving), 10 AM
Join FPNL President Karen Linder for her popular Thanksgiving Day morning exploration of the Mapleton Preserve. Find out what’s on the menu for Thanksgiving dinner for the animals and birds at Mapleton Preserve, and enjoy the abundance and subtle beauty of late fall. This program begins at the Main Office for the D&R Canal State Park, 145 Mapleton Road, Kingston. The event is open to all, but preregistration IS requested. Call 609-683-0483 to reserve a spot.
*Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 15, 2013
The Kingston segment of this year’s Audubon Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the Kingston Greenways Association, begins at 7:30 AM to catch the “early birds.” We will bird until noon and then take a break for lunch at Main Street Café. The group then continues with the count in the afternoon. You can join us for morning, afternoon, or both. If interested, give Karen Linder a call (609-683-0483) for more info. We would particularly appreciate the help of experienced birders, but novices are also welcome!
* National Public Lands Day Work Session
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 2 to 4 PM
It was a gorgeous day to work outside, and an energetic crew cleared away small trees, brush, and vines, mulched trees and protected them with deer fencing, prepared the Clivus Multrum for grading with gravel, and collected litter along Mapleton Road. We are grateful for the efforts of these tireless volunteers!
Photos by Jonathan Michalik
Princeton Nurseries 100th Anniversary Celebration in the Preserve
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Photo by Jonathan Michalik
A glorious day smiled down on a record crowd gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Princeton Nurseries and the preservation of the Princeton Nursery Lands. Representative Rush Holt, South Brunswick Mayor Frank Gamabatese, NJDEP State Parks Director Mark Texel, NJ Historic Preservation Office Administrator Dan Saunders, FPNL trustee Anne Zeman (reading remarks penned by Princeton Forrestal Associates Marketing Director David Knights, a partner in the preservation), and Bill Flemer (William Flemer IV) all reflected on the significance of the Nurseries, the cultural landscape it created, and the successful effort to preserve much of the Nurseries’ Kingston site. FPNL Vice President Robert von Zumbusch introduced the speakers, and President Karen Linder welcomed guests, encouraging them to appreciate and help steward the land that now belongs to all of us.
A new sign was installed the day before the celebration, crafted by Kane Brothers Restorations (pictured here are Connor, Pat, and Tim Kane) and paid for by an anonymous donor. Photo by Vicki Chirco
A sparkling cider toast and a superb birthday cake decorated with 100 trees–an anonymous gift–followed the speeches. Attendees perused displays detailing Princeton Nurseries’ history, operations, and achievements, and marveled at vintage tractors, one of which is still hard at work at St. Michael’s Farm Preserve in Hopewell under the guiding hands of Bill Flemer, who is the St. Michael’s Farm Manager for D&R Greenway.
Photos by Jonathan Michalik
Two sets of country music by the Bare Root Band (Bill Flemer, Doug Miller, Bernhard Geiger, Brandon Lewin and Lori Pantaleo) accompanied the festivities in high style.
Photo by Jonathan Michalik
Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands Annual Meeting and Program:
The Evolution of Duke Farms
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Executive Director of Duke Farms Michael Catania spoke about Duke Farms’ evolution from a 2,750-acre private estate to a public learning center and model of sustainable agriculture, ecological restoration, and stewardship, and also explored some parallels between the historical and present-day versions of Duke Farms and the Princeton Nursery Lands. He invited all to visit Duke Farms (admission is free) and learn from both its successes and failures.
A wealth of information can be found on the Duke Farms web site: http://www.dukefarms.org/
Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 2 to 4 PM
The event began with the planting of a Princeton Gold holly (a Flemer cultivar) in the Arboretum. Dedicated to the memory of David Paulovic, a plant propagator for Princeton Nurseries, it was ably put into the ground by Bill Flemer, with the assistance of Dave’s family.
President Karen Linder gave a guided walk, providing a close look at the trees of the Preserve, with a focus on identification, natural history, wildlife value and the beneficial role of trees in our environment.
A second tree was planted after the walk, highlighting best practices for getting new trees off to a good start.
Martin Luther King Day of Service Work Session in the Mapleton Preserve
January 21, 2013
24 cheerful volunteers gathered in the Mapleton Preserve for a three-hour work session. This was the 27th anniversary of the Martin Luther King federal holiday, when millions of Americans honor King by volunteering for a “National Day of Service” in their communities.
One crew removed 15 bags of litter, tires, and miscellaneous junk from trails, paths, fields, and woodland. The second crew wielded loppers, saws, and brute force to rescue a signature row of flowering trees from certain strangulation by a shroud of invasive vines.
Thanksgiving Day–Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
Thirty people joined FPNL President Karen Linder for a Thanksgiving Day morning exploration of the Mapleton Preserve.
We looked for items on the menu for Thanksgiving dinner for the animals and birds at Mapleton Preserve, and found a rich buffet, including berries, evergreen cones, ginkgo nuts, and “syrup,” as evidenced by a trunk peppered with holes made by a sapsucker!
National Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 29th, 2 to 4 PM
A hearty crew gathered for an afternoon of stewardship in the Mapleton Preserve, former home site of Princeton Nurseries. We cleared trees by removing vines, invasives, and brush, mulched trees in the Flemer Arboretum, and collected lots of litter. Many thanks to our volunteers, and to Jonathan Michalik, who took these photographs!
Saturday, August 25th, 2012
Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands in collaboration with the D&R Canal State Park naturalist organized an old-fashioned scavenger hunt with a modern twist.
Participants used their observation skills and imaginations to gather specimens and photos of items on the scavenger hunt list.
FPNL Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 7, 2012
“Raising Monarch Butterflies”
Kate and Katherine Dresdner have raised and released over 200 wild Monarch butterflies during summer seasons. They talked about this mysterious and magical species, its amazing migration for thousands of miles to its winter home on forested mountaintops in Mexico, and its developmental life-cycle from egg to caterpillar and caterpillar to butterfly.
They described their efforts to increase the survival rate of local Monarchs by harvesting eggs and incubating them under carefully controlled conditions in their home. Their breathtaking closeups of Monarchs at various stages of development illustrated their discussion of Monarch raising techniques, health issues, and protection from predators. They recommended planting milkweed, the sole host plant for Monarchs; an area as small as a square foot is enough to grow a good food supply for the caterpillars. Their interest and passion for this species developed from gardening with native plants and creating habitat for birds, butterflies, and pollinators.
ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION IN THE PRESERVE–April 21, 2012
The celebration began with the official dedication of interpretive signs for the site, the former home of Princeton Nurseries.
On hand to speak about the signs were Dan Saunders of the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, South Brunswick Township Mayor Frank Gambatese, FPNL President Karen Linder and FPNL Vice President Robert von Zumbusch, and William Flemer IV.
These new signs were developed by Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands, with the assistance of a project grant funded by the New Jersey Historical Commission. The interpretive panels will help visitors understand the historic and cultural significance of the site.
Karen Linder then gave an abbreviated illustrated history of Princeton Nurseries, and the celebration concluded with the traditional planting of a tree–a lovely pink dogwood.
Martin Luther King Day of Service
January 16, 2012
Thank you to all 45 volunteers who made our MLK session a success!