The Hopewell Public Library is featuring a presentation about local wildflowers on Wednesday, May 2, 7pm at the Hopewell Theater on 5 South Greenwood Avenue in Hopewell Borough. From spring ephemerals to the final blooms of autumn, speaker Rachel Mackowwill present and discuss her own images of the native flowering plants of the Sourland ridge. She will focus on wildflowers that thrive in the Sourland’s mature forests, touching on plants of both upland and wetland habitats. Rachel will discuss plant life cycles, pollinators, medicinal and traditional uses, and native plant conservation.
Rachel Mackow is dedicated to the restoration of native plant communities that sustain and engage both people and wildlife. She authors stewardship plans, lending her knowledge of restoration practices and invasive species management. She enjoys helping people reconnect to plants and self-reliance through teaching foraging skills, herbal practice, and traditional plant uses.
Mackow and her husband, Jared Rosenbaum, co-own Wild Ridge Plants, a native plant nursery that also offers a variety of consulting services. She is a member of the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team’s Technical Advisory Committee.
Rachel’s honest and humorous autobiographical writing features stories about farm life, family, using wild plants, and instinctual mothering. She is also an accomplished photographer. Her work has been exhibited published and exhibited internationally. Read more at her blog at The Shagbark Speaks.
The Hopewell Public Library’s Wednesday Night Out series is held on the first Wednesday of each month. These events are free and open to the public – no registration is required. Due to the size limitations of the library building, these talks are usually held at the Hopewell Train Station or the Hopewell Theater.