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Explore the Native Woody Plants in Georgian Court’s Four Historic Gardens

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 21, 2010—As a part of Garden State Gardens Consortium’s Native Knowledge Month, learn about the role native woody plants in Georgian Court University’s four historic gardens play in nature and their role in the landscape features of the university’s Japanese, Sunken, Italian, and Formal gardens. On Sunday, September 26, take a guided tour of the historic Lakewood campus with Michael Gross, Ph.D., GCU professor of biology and arboretum director, and find out how to collect acorns and grow them into oak trees. There will also be an opportunity to collect acorns from several species of oak trees in the Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum.

“Most people who come to see our four historic gardens look at the statues or the overall appearance of the gardens and may not have noticed the native trees and shrubs,” says Dr. Gross. “In this program we will tour the gardens with a focus on what the native woody plants contribute to each garden.”

The Native Woody Plants tour will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and start at the flagpole in front of the Casino building. In the case of rain, the event is cancelled. Information regarding cancellations will be posted at This is a free event, but reservations are required by calling the GCU Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or by e-mailing

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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