‘Insects need a home too’ at this year’s Insect Festival

The 2022 Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County Annual Insect Festival will be held Saturday, September 10 at Mercer Educational Gardens, 431A Federal City Road, Hopewell Township from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. This year’s festival, themed “Insects need a home too!” will showcase the importance of providing and supporting habitats for the incredible insects common to the Northeast. Admission is free and on-site parking is available.

There will be educational activities for visitors of all ages, including the popular treasure hunt and makeover game. Other highlights include “Bugs in Water,” “Insect Hunt in the Meadow,” and Q&A with Mercer County Horticulturist. Local environmental agencies and experts will provide exhibits and information. Representatives from Mercer County Mosquito Control, the NJ Beekeepers Association, the Watershed Institute and the NJ Department of Agriculture will be in attendance, along with the Mercer County Naturalist.

Participants are invited to visit the six on-site demonstration gardens and learn how different plants provide safe habitats for a wide variety of insects. The public can also learn about the different composting methods. Along the way, there will be activities designed to teach children of all ages to appreciate the beauty and diversity of our insect friends!

About Master Gardeners: Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County is a volunteer outreach program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Master Gardeners participate in many volunteer programs throughout the county. For gardening, plant, lawn, or insect questions, you can visit our helpline office at Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Mercer County Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. a.m. to 12 p.m. and speak with our Rutgers Extension Horticulturist Kathryn Homa. You can also call us, (609) 989-6853, or email us [email protected] Visit our website at www.mgofmc.org for more information.

Submitted by Mercer County Master Gardeners.

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