R&S Landscaping recognizes learning about the environment makes an even greater impact when children can interact with nature up close and personal. That’s why they recently held a “Native Flower Gardening” workshop at Ridgewood Summer Day Camp.

To teach students about the important role flowers play in nature, Specialty Gardener Julie Watson captivated 80 first- and second-grade girls with an animated lesson about the vital role these flowers play in life of the plant, local environment and food chain to insects such as butterflies and bees.

“We had a lively group of campers attend our Native Flower Workshop, and we were able to give them a quick lesson on the importance of a healthy food chain and the role plants play within its structure.” said Robert Schucker, President of R&S Landscaping. “We used the example of the honeybee and its food source annual flowers they potted during the workshop to show the relationship of food sources to wildlife.”

Known for its extreme commitment to community greening, R&S Landscaping provided each camper with a native flowering plant. To acquaint them with some good gardening practices, R&S helped each child plant their own plant in a small cow pot. The cow pot can be used in the home as a pot, or potted straight into the ground to be enjoyed outdoors all summer long because it is biodegradable.

During the seminar, R&S Landscaping announced its “Native Flower Photo Contest” to encourage the girls to continue working in the garden. Through August 31, individuals can submit photographs snapped of NJ native flowers for a chance to win the first place prize: $100 Bergen County Camera. The second place winner will receive a pair of gardening books that detail perennial care and garden design.
The contest is open to everyone. Submissions can be sent via e-mail to info@rscape.com. They should include the photographer’s name, town, a short story behind the picture, and a signed minor release form that can be found on the R&S website.

All submissions will be posted on R&S Landscaping’s Facebook page, and members of the R&S team will select the best photograph. The winners will be announced in early September, and the winning photographs will be posted on the company’s website, www.rscape.com.