Habitat Garden Workshop Offered at Next HLT Farmers’ Market

— Learn how to create a garden that’s alive with butterflies, bees and other pollinators at a workshop with Dr. Randi Eckel, owner of Toadshade Wildflower Farm during the Hunterdon Land Trust’s Farmers’ Market on Sunday, May 29.

Eckel’s workshop, Gardens Alive! Habitat Gardening for Bird, Butterflies and Wildlife, will begin at the Dvoor Farm wagon shed at 10:30 a.m. The Dvoor Farm is at 111 Mine St. in Raritan Township.

“A garden that’s alive is a much more interesting garden,” Eckel said. “A garden should have a variety of pollinators and creatures visiting, and anyone can make that happen by putting in native plants and creating little niches where wildlife can hide.”

Eckel says her presentation will help homeowners take their gardens to a higher level while doing more to help the environment.

“All we have to do is simply change the way we look at our gardens,” she said. “For instance, instead of focusing on attracting a single creature, one can look at the garden as an environment where you’re encouraging a large variety of butterflies and other pollinators by providing them with the necessary food, shelter and water. By doing so, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful variety of butterflies, birds and other wonderful creatures.”