Make your garden pop at NJBG program

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  • Photo By Eric Jenks The NJBG Perennial Garden in summer. Join NJBG for "Design Tips for Knockout, Easy-Care Gardens" on Sunday, April 13.

NJBG invites everyone to learn many exciting "Design Tips for Knockout, Easy-Care Gardens" in a program that mixes humor and practical information at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden on Sunday, April 13, at 1 p.m. in the Carriage House Visitor Center for a program presented by nationally known perennials expert, Kerry Ann Mendez.

Gorgeous, low-maintenance gardens are no accident. Join the group to learn proven design tricks for sensational gardens that will be the talk of the neighborhood. Topics will include selecting great plants, incorporating focal points, vertical interest, sustainable practices, natural repellents, the how's and when's of using fertilizer, and much more.

Mendez is dedicated to teaching the art of low-maintenance perennial gardening and landscaping. As a garden consultant, designer, writer and lecturer, she focuses on time-saving gardening techniques and workhorse plant material as well as organic practices. She has been in numerous magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Gate and Better Homes and Gardens' Garden Ideas and Outdoor Living. Mendez was a featured guest on HGTV and hosted Capital News 9’s In the Garden television segment, as well as info segments for Channel 13. She is a garden columnist for Life@Home and Today’s Garden Center magazines, and writes freelance pieces for regional and national magazines.

As a presenter for Horticulture magazine’s 2010 and 2011 webinar series, her webinars attracted thousands of gardeners from around the country. She is now a manager of Estabrook’s Nursery in Kennebunk, Maine. Mendez is a self-taught gardener with over 25 years of experience and a "passionate perennialist" who enjoys mixing humor with practical information. She was the recipient of a 2010 Women of Distinction award by Success Magazine Ltd.

Mendez's top-selling first book, "The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Top Ten Lists," was released in March 2010; followed by her second book, "Top Ten Lists for Beautiful Shade Gardens" in March 2011.

A $5 donation is requested. For more, contact NJBG at

NJBG/Skylands is located on Morris Road in Ringwood. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, call 973-962-9534 or visit

For more about Mendezand her business, Perennially Yours, visit

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