Apr 8, 2016

2nd Annual Throw & Grow Seed Ball Community Campaign to Help Bees, Birds & Butterflies

Back to Nature Home and Garden is inviting children to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty, and create seed balls to help re-pollinate the local environment. In partnership with Bernards Township, N.J., the garden center’s “Throw and Grow” Campaign provides a hands-on learning experience that will help protect threatened bees, butterflies and birds. The program will culminate with a re-seeding event at Pleasant Valley Park on May 27th at 11 a.m.

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Back to Nature is hosting seed ball making events and donating all of the ingredients needed to make the seed balls: clay, soil, organic compost and native flower seeds. The components are mixed and rolled together to form small balls. Throwing seed balls is a fun way to spread seeds naturally, just as birds do. Once thrown, seed balls set in the earth, germinate, and grow into beneficial, native plants. Participants are asked to make seed balls for the park but will also get to take some home to throw into their own yards or open spaces.
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“You just throw and watch the seed balls grow,” said Anthony Sblendorio, owner of Back to Nature garden retail center and ecologically-minded landscape design/build firm. “It’s a simple and fun way to make a real difference for the environment. We’ve picked a native seed mixture that will beautify the landscape while providing food and habitat for beneficial insects, butterflies, and birds.”

Back to Nature will host seed ball making events at its garden center throughout the month. Come join the fun!

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