Hillsdale Environmental Commission

Natural Resource and Preservation Hillsdale, NJ

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Arbor Day in Hillsdale

The Hillsdale Council, Hillsdale DPW and SiteOne Landscape Supply teamed together to replace the Centennial Tree that was lost last year from Dutch Elm disease. A new elm was planted in a different area of Veterans Park, located in the town center, during a week of Arbor Day plantings around the town.

The Hillsdale Council and Hillsdale Environmental Commission also arranged for the planting of four trees for Arbor Day celebrations at Hillsdale schools. All trees were graciously donated by SiteOne Landscape Supply of Mahwah,NJ.

Meadowbrook School received a Red Oak, George White a Pink Dogwood and St. John’s Academy planted a Purple Plum.

Pictured below is the Eastern White Pine planted at Ann Blanche Smith School where Councilman Frank Pizzella helped officiate the dedication with an inspiring speech.

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Ann Blanche Smith School Butterfly Garden


4th grade science students at Ann Blanche Smith School in Hillsdale recently created a butterfly garden. It was planted this fall so that it will be ready for the Monarch butterflies spring migration and to help with the preservation of the species. The garden was established with the help and support of Raymond Brothers Landscaping and the Bergen County Master Gardeners.

According to Chip Taylor at Monarch Watch, “Monarch butterfly populations are declining due to loss of habitat. To assure a future for monarchs, conservation and restoration of milkweeds needs to become a national priority”

A butterfly garden can be of any size, from a window box to a portion of your landscaped yard to a wild unattended are on a lot. You can include native plants, cultivated species, or a combination of both.

To find out more about starting your own butterfly garden, please visit : Monarchwatch.org