Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County Helpline Office Opens March 2

The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County, a volunteer organization of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, are busy getting ready to open the Helpline office in Bridgewater on March 2… The Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline volunteers provide materials and information necessary to obtain a proper soil sample for analysis from Rutgers’ labs, soil pH testing, lawn care and plant, tree and shrub identification, advice about the right plant for the right place and recommendations on deer resistant plant material. With suitable samples, the Master Gardeners can also diagnose plant diseases, identify insects, weeds and other pests of the home and garden and give written advice about cultural recommendations for their control following Integrated Pest Managements techniques.

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Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School Graduate Receives Industry Honor

Kristian Summerfield

Kristian Summerfield

Kristian Summerfield, a UK native living and working in the Netherlands, crossed “the pond” to attend the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School: Three-Week Preparatory Short Course in January 2013 to advance his skills. In December 2014, his skills and efforts were recognized when Summerfield was presented with the 2015 Greenkeeper of the Year award for his work at Golfclub De Scherpenpergh. Read more from Office of Continuing Professional Education.

Applications Being Accepted for Fall Master Gardener Classes Held in Bridgewater

The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County is currently accepting applications for the fall… The Rutgers Master Gardeners receive in-depth, hands-on training in horticulture from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, faculty and professional staff. Some topics include plant biology, propagation, soil science, disease and pest identification and control, and gardening and environmental principles.

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Rutgers Home Gardeners School: 35 Ways to Grow Your Gardening Skills

Participants at the Rutgers Home Gardener School learn from an outdoor demonstration by Robert Belleck, owner, Lily Pad Ponds LLC, teaching a pond design & installation hands-on workshop. This year Belleck will teach a “pondless” water feature workshop.

Participants at the Rutgers Home Gardener School learn from an outdoor demonstration by Robert Belleck, owner of Lily Pad Ponds, LLC, teaching a pond design & installation hands-on workshop. This year Belleck will teach a “pondless” water feature workshop.

Home Gardeners School returns on March 21 with 26 expert instructors
and 35 workshop choices for plant lovers

Plant enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn innovative gardening and landscaping techniques from 26 of the state’s top home horticulture experts at the 39th Annual Rutgers Home Gardeners School on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Cook/Douglass campus at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, the program features 35 different interactive workshops covering a wide range of subjects from composting and irrigation to beekeeping and canning. [Read more…]

Local residents become certified Master Gardeners

Area residents recently became certified as Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County at a graduation ceremony held at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County. The graduates are from many local communities, have diverse backgrounds and bring with them many skills and talents that benefit the Master Gardener program. They join a group of experienced volunteers who supply home horticultural and environmental information to residents… The graduates completed 60 hours of instruction provided by Mercer County Horticulturist Barbara J. Bromley, faculty from Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and other horticultural experts in a wide variety of horticultural related subjects.

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