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NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY
Saturday, September 28, 2019, 1 to 4 PM
Mapleton Preserve, 145 Mapleton Road, Kingston
Join Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands and Kingston Greenways Association for an afternoon of stewardship in the Mapleton Preserve, former home site of Princeton Nurseries. Help remove brush, vines, and invasive saplings and shrubs from the Preserve’s signature ginkgo row, tend the trees in the Flemer Arboretum, weed the butterfly garden, or collect litter with the trash crew.
Enjoy fresh air, a free workout, and plenty of camaraderie! Participants are invited to bring their favorite tools to the event–-loppers, saws, rakes and shovels. Please wear sturdy clothing, shoes, and gloves. For more information, call 609-683-0483. To learn more about National Public Lands Day, go to http://www.publiclandsday.org/
FPNL ANNUAL MEETING
Thursday, October 3, 2019, 7:30 PM at the Kingston Firehouse, 8 Heathcote Road, Kingston
Bill Flemer, whose grandfather established Princeton Nurseries, will speak about the family business. Not to be missed!
In 1913, William Flemer Sr. bought three farms in Kingston to expand his Springfield, NJ nursery. From that beginning, Princeton Nurseries grew to become one of the world’s largest and most respected producers of ornamental plants. Four generations of the Flemer family, together with many of their Kingston neighbors, lived and worked there. William (Bill) Flemer IV will tell the story, with pictures, of the people and the land that make up that history. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
About Bill Flemer: William Flemer IV was born in Princeton and grew up on his family’s Princeton Nurseries property in Kingston. He attended Nassau Street School and Princeton Country Day School, and graduated from Princeton Day School in 1971. He worked on the family nursery during his summers from age 10 on. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied horticulture. He returned to the family nursery full time in 1978, where he rose to become vice president.
Bill moved to western North Carolina in 1987, where he started his own small nursery, Earthshade Nurseries, growing native woody ornamental plants. In 1992 he returned to Princeton Nurseries, then later co-founded Mapleton Nurseries in Kingston with David Reed on former Princeton Nurseries land.
A New Jersey Certified Nurseryman and a New Jersey Certified Tree Expert, Bill has served on both the Borough and Township Shade Tree Commissions in Princeton. He is currently employed at the D&R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton as site manager for the Trust’s St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell. His main focus there has been the management of a pilot project growing large quantities of native grasses and wildflowers for their seed, a collaboration between D&R Greenway and The Greenbelt Native Plant Center on Staten Island, a division of the Parks Department of the City of New York. He is responsible for stewardship of the land and trails that are enjoyed by the public.
A guitarist and vocalist, his other passion is playing bluegrass and country music with a variety of local bands.
APRIL 30, 2019 LETTER REGARDING THE PRINCETON NURSERIES PRESERVATION PROPOSAL FROM OLD YORK CELLARS
Letter: OYC Letter April 30, 2019
Site Plan dated 3/27/2019:
TWO-FOLD SPRING CELEBRATION:
A WALK AND A “BOOKNIC”
Saturday, May 11, 2019
On a fair spring day, over 50 people came to the Mapleton Preserve for a celebration of the season. Some went for a walk through the former Princeton Nurseries site with Rick Henkel, formerly Sales Manager for Princeton Nurseries, for which he worked for 32 years. Rick graciously shared his extraordinary knowledge of trees and of Princeton Nurseries.
Others enjoyed dancing around a beautiful maypole hand-crafted by trustee BreeAnne Lemmerling. There was also a table loaded with nature-themed books loaned by South Brunswick Public Library, so families could select a book, find a tree, and have a good read in the beautiful Flemer Arboretum. And president Karen Linder supplied fanciful materials for participants to doll up for the occasion.
“BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREE” –
TREE ID USING BARKS AND BUDS
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Ten people spent three intensive hours with Karen Linder using field guides and keys to hone their skills at identifying trees without their leaves, using clues found in buds, fruits, leaf scars, branching patterns and bark.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE WORK SESSION
Monday, February 18, 2019
(POSTPONED from January 21st)
We are grateful to the two hardy crews who helped free the trees in the ginkgo row of vines and invasives, and collected trash along Mapleton Road. A special thank you goes out to our registrars Beryl and Robert, and to our president Karen Linder for providing hot cider and other welcome refreshments. The weather was chilly and breezy, but the atmosphere was warm with energy and fellowship!
FIRST DAY HIKE
Tuesday, January 1st, 2019
Well over one hundred people walked with us on New Year’s Day, through the Mapleton Preserve, across Mapleton Road to the path between the D&R Canal and the former seedbeds of Princeton Nurseries, on to the turning basin and the Locktender’s House, and back along what we like to call the osage orange trail. Photographer Laura Hawkins captured these terrific photos. A big thank you to her and all who participated for starting the new year off on a bright note!
THANKSGIVING DAY WALK
Thursday, November 22, 2018
A score of people turned out for our annual Thanksgiving Day morning exploration of the Mapleton Preserve, despite the bitter temperature, to search for signs of our local wildlife and what they might be having for Thanksgiving dinner–a rather different menu from ours!
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Crews removed brush and vines from the base of the Preserve’s signature ginkgo row and elsewhere in the Preserve, and collected litter on the Nursery Lands and along Mapleton Road and Division Street. Sincere thanks to all for their efforts!
Saturday, August 25, 2018
An “old-fashioned scavenger hunt with a modern twist” was hosted by Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands, in collaboration with the D&R Canal State Park Naturalist. Teams cooperated to find natural objects and complete fun-filled tasks in a timed event.
ANNUAL MEETING AND PROGRAM ON the Northern Copperhead Snake
Thursday, June 7, 2018
During the business meeting, President Karen Linder thanked outgoing trustee Gwen Southgate for her years of enthusiastic and dedicated service to FPNL, and we welcomed three new trustees: Ksenia Bobylak, BreeAnne Lemmerling, and Jason Rand. All three have already contributed considerable time, ideas, and energy to our organization, and we are honored and delighted to have them join our Board of Trustees.
Tyler Christensen gave a riveting and engaging presentation on the Northern Copperhead snake, a reptile of surprising docility, beauty, and complexity, despite its reputation for aggression and perniciousness. It is one of two venomous snakes found in New Jersey (the other being the Timber Rattlesnake), both of which are imperiled in the state. In addition to giving us insight into the lives of these creatures, he spoke of an ongoing radio-tracking study of Northern Copperheads taking place in the Sourlands of central New Jersey. Because their astonishingly cryptic pattern and behavior render them nearly invisible among the leaf litter on the forest floor, radio telemetry has allowed individual snakes to be tracked over multiple seasons, and has revealed a great deal about the state’s southernmost population of these remarkable forest vipers.
Tyler Christensen manages a radio-tracking study of Northern Copperheads through his company, Piedmont Ecological Services, LLC. Tyler is the director of the non-profit Wild Bird Research Group, Inc., through which he coordinates bird banding research on nearctic-neotropical migrants during the winter months in Costa Rica and Northern Saw-whet Owl migration and winter ecology in New Jersey. He is currently a Land Steward for Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and a board member of the Washington Crossing Audubon Society.
Read more about the Northern Copperhead here: Northern Copperhead
ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Karen Linder led a brief tree appreciation walk featuring flowering trees, and a beautiful memorial redbud was planted with a lot of help from our friends! Dance groups Handsome Molly and the Griggstown Lock Rapper Sword Dancers provided music and dance to revel in the season. Our thanks to all who made this a festive celebration of Arbor Day.
WEEDS, WILDFLOWERS, AND WILDLIFE IN WINTER
Sunday, February 18, 2018
The old Princeton Nurseries fields are full of grasses, wildflowers and wildlife. In the snow-coated fields, Karen Linder and a dozen participants learned to identify plants in the “off-season,” and looked for evidence of the wildlife that lives in the Preserve.
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE WORK SESSION
Monday, January 15, 2018
Two dozen volunteers of all ages took part in a cleanup session in the Mapleton Preserve. Crews collected many bags of trash, tires and other big debris within the Preserve and along Mapleton Road.
A vigorous team took down vines, shrubs and small trees around the Propagation House, which will be the first building to be rehabilitated. Asbestos remediation is expected to begin soon, and then the restoration process can at last commence. We thank all who proved that energetic stewardship is important, fun, and a good way to keep warm on a sub-freezing day!
Propagation House Team
Photos by BreeAnneLemmerling & Tari Pantaleo