May 2, 2018

Wednesday Night Out Series Features Talk on Wildflowers

The Hopewell Public Library presents a talk about local wildflowers on May 2, 7 p.m., at the Hopewell Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue in Hopewell Borough. Admission is free.

Speaker Rachel Mackow will featuresher photographs of the native flowering plants of the Sourland ridge. She will focus on wildflowers that thrive in the Sourlands’ mature forests, touching on plants of both upland and wetland habitats. She will discuss plant life cycles, pollinators, medicinal and traditional uses, and native plant conservation.

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. Her blog,, features stories about farm life, family, using wild plants, and instinctual mothering. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally.