What do bees, art, triangles, native plants and 3 local landmarks all have in common? Nothing yet! Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS) are seeking volunteers to help with a 3-part/1-day art-meets-nature installation.

This “Summer Triangle” project is an initiative of Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (“FoHVOS”), a Hopewell Valley nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving Hopewell Valley’s character though open space and farmland preservation and natural resource protection.

Last July, MercerMe wrote about the 3 existing installations (article: “It’s Hip to Bee Triangle: Ecological Art by FoHVOS”), marked by triangular fenced areas, featuring unusual organic formations in the middle, inspired by the asterism (pattern of stars) of the same name, and create a beautifully protected habitat for native bees.

“It is ‘ecological art’ — sculptural art that that has a collaboratively educational and scientific value,”  explained artist Ruth Jourjine, FoHVOS board member, long-time volunteer, and nature-lover.

On Monday, May 18 (with May 19, rain date), FoHVOS along with volunteers will be installing three new Summer Triangles and native plant gardens. At 9:30am start time, the group will meet and install the triangle and plant a garden at Alliger Park, proceed to Pennington Senior Center and then finish the tour at Hopewell Borough Train Station Park. Please note that there may be a change in date due to rain conditions.

Registration required. Contact or 609-730-1560. For more info about the project, visit You can follow the progress and events on their Facebook page or check out their website

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.