Free Webinar: “Landscaping for a Healthy Environment” will be hosted by the Great Swamp Watershed Association

Free Webinar: “Landscaping for a Healthy Environment” will be hosted by the Great Swamp Watershed Association
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MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY (January 17, 2022) – The Great Swamp Watershed Association (GSWA) today announced it is offering a free, three-part Zoom webinar series on the benefits of using native pollinator plants. The first program, “Landscaping for a Healthy Environment – Jersey-Friendly Yards”, takes place on Tuesday, January 25 from 7-8 p.m. Registration and additional information can be found at or call 973-538-3500.
“Our goal is to help educate New Jersey residents about the many benefits of choosing native pollinating plants.” Said Hazel England, GSWA Director of Education, Outreach and Land Stewardship. “Gardening for pollinators and other beneficial insects creates multi-seasonal beauty in your garden while supporting our diverse and rich insect population that is essential to maintaining our ecosystems and agriculture.”
The webinar will focus on how landscaping with native pollinators creates a healthy soil base, conserves water, attracts and supports wildlife, and adds beauty and interest to your home landscape. Guest speaker Becky Laboy of the Ocean County Soil Conservation District and the Jersey-Friendly Yards Initiative will share helpful information on how to put these ideas into practice. Ms. Laboy will also discuss great ways to prepare for the creation of new native deposits next spring.
GSWA is offering two additional webinars leading up to its 2nd Annual Native Pollinator Plant Sale taking place April 1-22:
• Webinar #2 – Pollinating insects: Tuesday, February 22, 7-8 p.m.
• Webinar #3 – Native Plant Sales Product Overview: Tuesday, April 1, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

“We’ll be offering a comprehensive selection of native perennials and grasses at attractive prices with simple tips for planting delightfully lively pollinator gardens that will thrive with minimal care,” Ms England said. “Adding each native plant makes a difference and creates a little oasis for these important pollinators.”

GSWA works with 24 community partners for their plant sales. Additional information can be found in GSWA’s first edition of their new Make Way for Pollinators newsletter available at

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About the Great Swamp Watershed Association
Now in its 40th year, the Great Swamp Watershed Association (GSWA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the water resources of the Passaic River region, from the headwaters of the Great Swamp to the bay of Newark, for present and future generations. Through education, advocacy, science, land conservation and stewardship, in collaboration with partners, we work to instill in our communities an awareness of the effect of water on the health and beauty of the environment, from source to sea. The organization educates more than 3,000 school children, monitors more than 30 waterway sites and organizes approximately 40 public events each year.

For more information on the Great Swamp Watershed Association, visit

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