Join the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary on Saturday April 2, from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, NJ, for its spring benefit, “From Buds to Blooms,” as they honor the Short Hills Garden Club.
Celebrate a fantastic evening with dinner and an open bar, dancing to the sounds of Midlife Crisis, fabulous silent auctions, and more. And, true to the Arboretum’s mission, the evening will also feature a short presentation by entomologist, Dr. Randi Eckel, owner of Toadshade Wildflower Farm.
Funds raised go toward the Arboretum’s Nature and Science Programming for all ages, outreach to our community and schools, and preserving this beautiful woodlands for generations to come. Tickets to this gala are $150 each. Get yours today before they sell out!
The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary (CHA) is a non-profit organization located in Short Hills, New Jersey. The origin of the CHA goes back to a gift of land that Stewart Hartshorn made to his daughter, Cora L. Hartshorn, in 1923. Cora developed the area as a place where wild things could grow without harm and where people could come to enjoy them. The “Stone House” was designed by Architect Bernhardt E. Muller, built using trap rock from Stewart Hartshorn’s quarry in Springfield, NJ and completed in 1933.
Cora Hartshorn died in 1958 and willed the CHA to Millburn Township. Through the efforts of the Short Hills Garden Club, in 1961 an Arboretum Association was formed to work with the Township in order to protect the area. Building renovations were completed in 2007, which included kitchen and lab facility, bird observatory, and office space. Today, the CHA includes 16.45 acres of woodlands, 3 miles of trails, and a diversity of floral and faunal species. The woodland volunteers take great care to ensure that plant species indigenous to New Jersey are predominant.
The goal of the CHA is to promote an understanding of the relationship between people and the environment through programs that integrate arts, science, and the humanities. They provide many educational opportunities from school field trips, scout programs, family programs, adult workshops, summer camp, and more.
Toadshade Wildflower Farm was started to make native wildflowers, particularly perennials, more easily available. The intention of Toadshade Wildflower Farm is to provide native, perennial, propagated wildflower plants, identify available plants clearly by both common and scientific name, and clearly summarize the native range and growth requirements of the wildflowers for sale.
Accordingly, all of the plants that they offer are native (not alien, introduced, or naturalized) as well as they can determine. They propagate them all themselves — no plants are dug from the wild. For your information and so you can choose the most appropriate plants for your region, they have tried to list the most often used common names, the scientific names, the preferred growth habit, and the native range based on information from a number of sources. They encourage you to try plants that are native to your area. Planted within their native ranges, in sites appropriate to them, native perennial wildflowers will thrive and provide lasting color and interest for years to come.