October 30, 2020
Last chance this season:
Community Garden Pollinator Plant Giveaway
Exclusively for Madison residents & Boro employees
This Sunday, November 1
1:00–5:00 PM

To help make Madison pollinator-friendly, the Community Garden has grown milkweed, blue lobelia, wild bergamont and 10 other types of native perennial plants. Madison residents and Boro employees are invited to dig up two plants for free!

Reservations and masks are required. Sign up for a time slot here, and see the Community Garden’s native plants list for some details on each variety.

Tools will be provided. Please bring your own plant container. And if you have extra plant containers you don't need—especially 3- to 6-inch diameter pots—they'll gladly be accepted for future pollinator plant giveaways.

“For our giveaway, we planted a 50-foot bed with seeds from our pollinator meadows,” says Stephen McAuliffe, chair of the Community Garden Advisory Committee. Joan Maccari of the Madison Environmental Commission, along with volunteers from the Rutgers Master Gardener’s Program, helped harvest the seeds. Alice Wade and the Garden Club of Madison also helped with cultivation.
Electric Vehicle Expo on Thursday at Sunday Motor Co. Cafe
This Thursday, Nov. 5
2:00–4:00 PM
Join us for an Electric Vehicle (EV) Expo at Sunday Motor Co. Cafe on Kings Road (at the corner of Green Village Rd.).

The latest EVs from Porsche, Chevrolet and Volvo will be there—along with great electric cars and bikes owned by residents.

Bring your travel mug and get a great cup of Sunday Motor Co's freshly brewed tea or coffee to warm you up and enjoy while you check out the vehicles!

Masks and social distancing are, of course, required.

Hosted by the Environmental Commissions of Madison, Chatham Township and Chatham Borough. Shown here is Sunday Motor Co. owner Nick Vorderman with a Tesla.

Photo by Bridget Daley
Get Inspiration for Native Landscape Plantings

“Chances are you never thought of your garden—indeed, all of your property—as a wildlife preserve that presents the last chance we have for sustaining plants and animals that were once common throughout the U.S. But that is exactly the role our suburban landscapes are playing.” — Doug Tallamy

This homeowner's yard shows how native plants can add real curb appeal, with a mass of orange milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) front and center. Find more inspiration and ideas here at homegrownnationalpark.com, and start planning your plantings now!

Detailed info on individual plants, including photos, can be found in the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plants Database — where you can look up specific plants or get ideas using search criteria including color, growing conditions and more.
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