Middletown, NJ - Ever hear of Zeriscaping? If not, join the members of Garden Club R.F.D. at The Little Red Schoolhouse in Middletown to hear Bob Mellert, Master Gardener, present a program about it. The Little Red Schoolhouse, an historic site, is located at the corner of Dwight and Middletown Lincroft Roads across from Thompson Middle School and it will be the site of this fresh look at Zeriscaping that the American Heritage Dictionary defines as “A trademark used for a landscaping method that employs drought-resistant plants in an effort to conserve resources, especially water.”

 

A Zeriscaped landscape would utilize native plants, plants growing in your New Jersey for thousands of years without our help; indigenous plants that have adapted to the amount of yearly precipitation in our area. Many offer year-round interest and have interesting colors and shapes. Native grasses, for instance, can provide movement and hardscapes such as rocks, stones and statues will also add interest. With a Zeriscaped garden, the water requirements are low and pruning and weeding should be minimal. Both are desirable goals to attain.

To illustrate, think about the Yucca plant—a superstar in the world of Xeriscaping. This oh-so-low water needy plant thrives in almost any soil type so long as there is good drainage. It is happy in both sun and part shade.

To learn more about this topic, join us at the Schoolhouse on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11am. Call June Smith at 732-671-9216 to learn more and to let her know that you are coming.