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New Jersey arboretum ready to blossom

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 10 2013 09:50:14 AM CDT

Arboretum ready to go

WASHINGTON TWP., N.J. -

From towering trees, to tiny shrubs, a new arboretum in Warren County, New Jersey,is finally ready to show off the goods.
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The Pohatcong Native Arboretum has opened after 11 years of planning and planting.

It's located in the Pohatcong Natural Creek Area in Washington Township.

Township native Anthony Pasquini founded the arboretum.

He and design assistant Jeff Stevens -- who's Native American -- stayed true to the area's roots.

"Every day we did ceremony and then we just really drew from the mountain and the valley and the river. And the design just fell together beautifully that way," said Pasquini.

The four-acre arboretum is home to 130 species of native shrubs and trees.

It's one of the East Coast's most comprehensive collections.

Students from nearby Warren Hills Regional High School also helped to put many of these plants into the ground.