County Park Commission Throws Garden Party

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Visitors to the Somerset County Park Commission’s Garden Party in Colonial Park July 16.

Tours, lectures and music were on the bill July 16 for the 17th annual Garden Party in Colonial Park’s perennial garden.

“We get quite a few people who come out and enjoy this garden,” said Jim Avens, the manager of the Somerset County Park Commission horticulture department.

The garden is designed so that some plant varieties are blooming throughout the year, said Amy Westlye, the garden’s gardener.

Among the plants in bloom now are daisies, Russian sage, garden phlox, day lilies, yarrow, spirea, agastache and rose campion, she said.

The garden party’s purpose is “mostly educational,” Westlye said.

The lectures presented during the afternoon dealt with topics such as how to work with a landscape architect and tips for sustainable flower gardens.

The New Jersey Youth Symphony String Quartet provided music under the garden’s gazebo.


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