“Bugs need a home too” at this year’s Insect Festival

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County annual 2022 Insect Festival will be on Saturday, September, 10, at Mercer Educational Gardens, 431A Federal City Road, Hopewell Township from 11am to 2pm, rain or shine. This year’s festival, themed “Bugs Need Homes, Too!” will feature 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 scavenger hunt and metamorphosis game. Other highlights include “Bugs in Water,” “Insect Hunt in the Meadow,” and Q&A with the Mercer County Horticulturist. Local environmental agencies and experts will offer displays and information. Representatives from Mercer County Mosquito Control, N.J. Beekeepers Association, the Watershed Institute, and the N.J. Department of Agriculture will be present, as well as the Mercer County Naturalist.

Attendees are invited to view the six demonstration gardens on site and learn how the different plants provide safe habitats for a wide variety of insects. The public can also learn about various methods of composting. 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 the Master Gardeners: The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County is a volunteer educational outreach program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Master Gardeners participate in many volunteer programs throughout the County. For home gardening, plant, turf or insect questions, you can visit our Helpline office at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and speak with our Rutgers Extension Horticulturist Kathryn Homa. You can also call us, (609) 989-6853, or send us an email AsktheMGs@mercercounty.org. Visit our website at www.mgofmc.org for more information.

Submitted by the Mercer County Master Gardeners.

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