We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the twelfth spring garden gathering being held in our garden and home at the New Jersey shore on Saturday May 21, 2016. We took a year off from the spring gathering in 2015 and we missed the company of our gardening friends. This event is an informal meeting of plant collectors, nursery professionals and hobbyist to provide the opportunity to discuss new plants, plant problems and just talk. Over the years this has grown from a small meeting of 6 maple nuts to over 80 attendees.
The garden features over 1,000 maples, 500 conifers and hundreds of other companion plants. There have been some new additions to the gardens with over 250 new plants added in 2015.
A silent auction contributes to the success of the gathering and the unusual and rare plant material that is donated makes this one of the day’s most popular events. This year as in the past 100% of the money raised in the silent auction will go to benefit the Morris Arboretum greenhouse/propagation fund. Even if you can’t make the gathering you can still donate plants to the silent auction.
Plan to arrive between 9:00 and 10:00 AM for coffee and bagels, we will provide lunch during the day as well. Silent auction plants will be displayed and open for bids all day. The silent auction will end a little earlier, around 1:00 PM this year to better accommodate visitors travel plans. We are also hoping to have a few specialty growers selling some unusual plants as well. Whether you are a first time visitor or have attended the gathering in the past, you should plan to visit some of the great public gardens and specialty nurseries in the area.
Registration for the gathering is required so we can better plan lunch and space is limited. There is no charge for the event but we ask attendees to bring an item for the silent auction if possible. Please respond via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our garden and home is located in central coastal New Jersey, about one hour from NYC, Philadelphia and Atlantic City and easily accessible from major highways. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or for directions.
Edward T. Shinn
3214 Allaire Road
Wall, NJ 07719