ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will open its 2014 program series with a Spring presentation on Rain Gardens, Design and Construction

Learn all about Rain Gardens at the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society Mansion Museum on Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30 pm.

Master Gardener Thomas Matulewicz is a rain garden specialist. He has helped home owners and gardeners throughout New Jersey to design and construct landscape features which capture water and snow melt runoff from driveways, roofs, and hillsides while beautifying yards. Rain gardens attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other birds and wildlife. Rain gardens also offer simple, inexpensive ways to capture, reuse and filter storm water runoff, protecting our hills from erosion and our waterways from pollution.

Speaker Tom Matulewicz represents the Master Gardeners of Monmouth County, a volunteer group of dedicated gardeners who aim to expand the public's knowledge through horticultural, environmental and community service.

Matulewicz graduated from the Monmouth County's first Master Gardener program in 1999, and has since earned the title of Master Composter, Rain Garden Specialist, and Rain Garden Specialist Trainer. A dedicated environmentalist, he is part owner of an alternative energy company specializing in solar electric, solar hot water, geothermal and high performance HVAC systems. He and his wife Susan live in a historic Rumson home (ca 1865) which they have restored to its original condition along with the surrounding gardens. In addition, they have a small greenhouse with a collection of more than 100 orchids.

The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society presents speakers and other programs on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 pm from April until November. Programs are free and open to the public, and refreshments are provided. This program will be held at the Strauss Mansion Museum 27 Prospect Circle in Atlantic Highlands. The Strauss Mansion Museum is a registered national and state historic building.