Whitall Flower Show will display native species

County heritage commission is one of the event’s sponsors

Join the Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the county’s Parks and Recreation and Certified Gardeners to welcome the colors of summer at the annual Whitall Flower Show on June 5 at Red Bank Battlefield in National Park.

“Native plant species will be available for sale, tours will be given of the Whitall House and the gardeners will be presenting workshops as well,” said Erika Gardner, administrator of the commission, which will display plants at Whitall House.

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Local residents will also be able to tour the Whitall House’s garden, which is maintained by a group of volunteers. Gardening workshops hosted by the Certified Gardeners will help answer questions regarding gardens and lawns and art sessions will be led by local artists Carol Schottenfeld and Cassidy Coolgan.

The heritage commission is an advocate and resource for the arts in South Jersey that hosts art shows across the region displaying the work of local residents.

The 18th-century James and Ann Whitall House has been standing since the American Revolution and was once used as a hospital. The county acquired the house and grounds in 1904 and named it Red Bank Battlefield Park.

The historic county landmark hosts tours throughout the season as well as other summer events. Family History Day will be held on June 26 and the outdoor event will focus on baseball history, with a vintage baseball demonstration and displays of vintage game uniforms, equipment and other memorabilia.

Guests can learn the importance of bees and pollinators at the battlefield’s butterfly festival on July 16. Tours of the butterfly house, free classes, a bug parade and other family fun activities will be free from noon to 4 p.m.

The free Whitall Flower Show takes place from noon to 4 p.m. and will be held rain or shine. No registration is required. For more information on that and other upcoming events at the Whitall House, call (856) 307-6456.

For more information on the heritage commission, visit rcsj.edu/cultural.

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