Location: NJ State Fair Grounds
37 Plains Road
Augusta, NJ 07822

When the Master Gardeners began creating the Founders Park gardens in 1999, it was a struggle to achieve workable soil. The addition of truckloads of mulch and compost gradually transformed the asphalt like surface into a much more hospitable environment for plants and gardeners alike.

Founders Park is comprised of several types of gardens--from intense sun to deep shade. Both the sun and shaded areas share a large amount of perennials and annuals. Shady areas include rhododendrons, sedums, ferns, hosta, columbines, and other shade-loving plants. The sunny spots include butterfly bushes, butterfly weed, delphiniums, coral bells, and coneflowers to mention a few varieties. Some of the annuals are zinnias, dahlias, coleus, inpatients, cosmos, verbena and many more. In 2008 a native garden area was added.

Every August thousands of people who visit the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show have found a quiet haven in this beautiful park due to the dedication and hard work of the MG volunteers. Educational outreach programs given in Founders Park include: Children’s Day during the week of the fair, horticultural presentations and walking tours for adults during the growing season.

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