Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT
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Frelinghuysen Arboretum-Haggerty Education Center 
353 E Hanover Ave
Morris Township, NJ 07960

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Lori Jenssen 
New Jersey Forestry Association 
Welcome to the “Backyard Forestry - North” Stewardship Series! The New Jersey Forestry Association is pleased to partner with Frelinghuysen Arboretum to provide this series of monthly 90-minute programs that will provide landowners with informative, educational and interesting topics on how they can steward their backyard woodlot.

October – “Building Ecology in a Residential Landscape with Native Plants"

·         What are invasive plant species and why are they problematic?
·         Are native plants really so important?
·         What and how to define a native plant?
·         Native substitutions / replacements for invasive species
·         Nothing else matters if you do not plant properly! 
The misconceptions of the uses of and for native plants are numerous. In order to begin to dispel these misconceptions, we must first understand the real reason why we utilize native plants in our landscapes and must remove the problematic invasive species. That reason is ecology. Ecology that begins with the soil under foot to insects that inhabit the very tops of the tree canopy and every living organism in-between these vast spaces. 

Speaker Bio:  

Richard A. McCoy is the principal owner of New Jersey’s Richard A. McCoy Horticultural Services 

Inc. (www.mccoyfinegardens.com). Established in 1993, they have been offering environmentally 

responsible fine-gardening design and organic lawn care since 2006. The services offered 

promote healthy ecosystems at your home or business. Richard is a member of the Rutgers 

Organic Land Care Working Group and on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Organic 

Land Care Association (NJOLA). Richard holds a Rutgers’ certificate of organic land care and is 

a certified Natural Turf and Landscape Manager through the New Jersey DEP. Currently he is a 

contributing writer for Organic Gardens Today magazine and always welcomes the opportunity 

for public speaking engagements to discuss many gardening and organic land care topics.