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Lower Cape Library Offers Lecture on Beach Plums
Release Date: July 11, 2011

The Cape May County Library welcomes Joe Alvarez, Certified Rutgers Master Gardner as he presents “Beach Plums: Rubies of the Dunes.” The lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 22th at the Lower Cape Branch of the library located at 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas.
Come and learn the history, the wonder and the latest up to date research on the “Official Fruit of Cape May County”. The local population of South Jersey has regarded the beach plum as part of local tradition and a cottage industry for almost two centuries. Along with current research through Rutgers State University of New Jersey, Cornell University and the United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resource Conservation Service Plant Material Center, Cape May County, the beach plum has been used for everything from edible fruit to sustainable agriculture in addition to maintaining dune restoration and preservation.
Following the lecture, there will be a guided tour of the Higbee Beach WMA natural beach plum stands, weather permitting.
For more information please call 886-8999 or visit online at www.cmclibrary.org .

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