(SUMMIT, NJ) ― On October 20, Reeves-Reed Arboretum at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit will unleash a herd of goats on the steep sides of the Arboretum’s historic Daffodil Bowl to begin clearing away a year’s worth of wildflower growth, invasive vines and weeds, allowing for the annual restoration and replanting of the Bowl with bulbs for a spectacular spring show.
The Arboretum has engaged Lawrence Cihanek, owner of Green Goats, in Rhinebeck, NY, a company that oversees the use of goats as an environmentally friendly and sustainable tool for clearing hard to manage areas that might otherwise be hazardous to human volunteers. Larry and his wife Anne, will deliver the goats to the Arboretum on the 20th, and will be on hand to meet and greet visitors and the press that day. Both will come back to the Arboretum for Celebrate Fall, on October 26, again to “introduce” Arboretum visitors to their bottle-raised herd and answer any questions people might have about using goats for both large and small scale projects such as the one at the Arboretum.
In addition to treating the goats to a non-stop buffet, the Arboretum’s education and horticulture staff will use this opportunity encourage other eco-land management practices. And, as an added incentive, visitors will be offered the chance to feed the goats from a strategically located feeding station. Want to send a ‘kid’ to the Arboretum? Just go to our website and click on the “green goats” link, and for $25 per goat, you can sponsor a ‘green goat’ and receive an official RRA certificate of good goatmanship! Of course, your sponsorship is fully tax-deductible.
For more information, please visit www.reeves-reedarboretum.org or call the office at 908-273-8787.