Bordentown Historical Society to hold two horticulture events

In continuation of the Bordentown Historical Society’s ongoing exhibit, “How Does Your Garden Grow?” locals will have the opportunity to attend two featured events for the series in July.

The exhibition series will be the host for two upcoming programs on July 6 and July 13. Both presentations are scheduled for 1 p.m. and are free for admission, but the historical society said that donations are encouraged.

The events are set to feature presentations and lectures from Bobbie J. Herbs. Herbs is a Certified Rutgers Master Gardener having completed her Ornamental Horticulture Certificate from the renowned Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania’s Kennett Square, where she engaged in numerous landscape courses.

The July 6 event is scheduled to be held at the historical society’s Friends Meeting House on Farnsworth Avenue, where the subject matter will be on butterfly gardens.

The July 13 event is scheduled to be held at the Divine Word Missionaries on Park Street, where the subject matter will be on native plants.

The historical society recently launched its newest exhibition series to celebrate the people who influenced the area’s renowned horticulture and landscaping.

For the society’s “How Does Your Garden Grow?” series, residents are aimed to have the opportunity to learn about multiple historical individuals’ hand in contributing their passion of horticulture and landscaping styles made famous today around the world and Bordentown.

The exhibit will feature the history and works of Joseph Bonaparte, Harris Hammond, Edmund Sturtevant, Franklin Carr and Charles David Walker.

The exhibit is also being led by historical society co-president, Doug Kiovsky, who felt the group’s efforts to explore new themes for their exhibits as well as syncing them up with the season can attract various audiences to their building along Farnsworth Avenue

“In keeping with our current exhibit theme on famous Bordentown residents that contributed their passion to the field of horticulture and early landscape styles, we will have a Certified Rutgers Master Gardener share her knowledge and conduct two informative presentations on topics that appeal to those that enjoy gardens and the beauty of nature,” Kivosky said. “We encourage the public to come and enjoy these very special programs during the hazy days of summer.”

Whether it’s Walker’s renowned peony gardens at Hilltop Park or Bonaparte’s formal gardens at the Bordentown Bluffs in Point Breeze, the historical society’s officials said that these figures’ talents in  horticulture will all be featured in this exhibition series.

Not only did the historical society have knowledge and presentations they wanted to showcase on these particular individuals, but the wanted to reach out to small businesses and youth in the community as well to feature the Bordentown people.

Artwork from local youths will feature floral and natural scenes to be displayed over the summer at the Friends Meeting House exhibit in association with Bordentown’s Leaping Dog Art Studio.

Upcoming events for the exhibition series are scheduled as follows:

– July 6: Presentation on Butterfly Gardens with Bobbie Herbs at the Friends Meeting House. Begins at 1 p.m.

– July 13: Presentation on Native Plants with Bobbie Herbs at the Divine Word Gym Meeting Room. Begins at 1 p.m.

– July 20: Friends Meetinghouse Museum exhibit hours: Noon – 4 p.m.

– (Tentative date to be confirmed) August 3 Presentation on Louis and Adolphe Mailliard at the Divine Word Gym Meeting Room. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

– August 17: Nature tour of Point Breeze with Pat Coleman. Meet up at Divine Word parking lot. 10 a.m. – noon.

People with any questions on events or event info are asked to contact Doug Kiovsky via email at

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