Container Garden Demonstration To Be Held in Madison Museum

A spring container garden demonstration will be held April 29 at The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Madison.

Gardeners and non-gardeners alike are invited to the demonstration, which will be presented at 1 p.m. by Beth Riley, a local landscape designer, educator and owner of The Potted Garden.

Admission is $8 or $5 for METC members and seniors. Registration is available at or by calling the museum at 973-377-2982 ext. 13.

Riley will create five unique container gardens to demonstrate how these versatile and portable gardens can accent existing landscaping, dress up a doorway, enhance a terrace, or lighten a shady nook with variegated foliage. At the end of the program, the five container gardens, filled with colorful spring flowers, will be available for sale. Proceeds from the sale will support the museum’s education programs.

This demonstration is in conjunction with the current exhibit, “Garden State: Living off the Land in Early New Jersey,” which explores how farmers use all of their resources, including gardens that supply herbs, vegetables and other food to survive.

Riley has strong connections to Madison and frequently volunteers her time and services by designing gardens for historic sites, including METC. In 2016, she donated both her time and to renovate METC’s Griffin Garden. She has also designed gardens for the Presbyterian Church of Madison, Drew University’s Mead Hall lawn, the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, the Nathaniel Drake House (South Plainfield) and the Madison Public Library. For more information about Riley, visit her website

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