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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pat Brentano on suburban lawnscapes at Library Wednesday

Artist, environmentalist and former Plainfielder Pat Brentano
will give a talk Wednesday morning at the Library.
Many Plainfield residents remember Pat Brentano as a local artist who lived with her husband (Jon Bramnick, minority leader of the NJ Assembly) in a gracious home on Watchung Avenue that had access to the neighborhood's tiny landlocked "lake".

Her art has always been concerned with nature and environmentalism and she was recently profiled in TAP into Plainfield for her innovative efforts to encourage the use of native plants in suburban lawnscapes (see here).

On Wednesday, Pat will give a talk at the Plainfield Public Library entitled "Rescaping the Suburbs: Bringing Native Planting Back to the Garden."

An environmentalist as well as an artist, Brentano offers busy suburbanites an opportunity to think how to use their lawns and gardens as places to preserve, protect and display native flora.

Pat's work has been featured at museums, galleries and arboretums across the country. She was the 2011 Artist in Residence at the Evansville Museum in Indiana. Locally, she has had commissions by Reeves Reed Arboretum in Summit and The Raptor Trust in Millington among many others. In 2015,  Brentano Bramnick received the Richard Kane Conservation Award from NJ Audubon for her work to transform the suburbs into a migratory bird stopover.

Hosted by the Plainfield Garden Club, the talk will begin at 10:30 AM sharp in the library's Anne Louise Davis Meeting Roon. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Established in 1915, The Plainfeld Garden Club's purpose is to promote the knowledge and appreciation of horticulture and the conservation of our natural resources; to stimulate an interest in public plantings in the Plainfeld area and to help maintain them; to keep its members and the public informed on governmental matters which concern our natural resources; to sponsor and to participate in public shows and displays which encourage the appreciation of good horticultural practices and procedures; and to support the purpose of The Garden Club of America. Visit the Garden Club's website here.

The Plainfield Public Library is at Park Avenue and West 8th Street and is an accessible facility. Parking is available in the 8th and 9th Street lots. For more information about library hours and programs, visit the library's website at

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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