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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Master Gardeners receive state awards

Mercer County Master Gardeners received Awards of Excellence at the recent Rutgers Master Gardeners Association of New Jersey Annual Fall Conference. This award recognizes the contributions and service of volunteer members who trained and were certified under the Rutgers Master Gardener Program and have provided professional service throughout their community… Master Gardeners participate in many volunteer programs throughout the county as well as answer home horticulture questions through their Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline.

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Award-Winning Organic Land Care Course Offered in January

Photos of landscaping for Organic Landcare siteMany New Jersey homeowners want to keep their yard maintained in a way that doesn’t harm the environment or pose risk to their family’s health. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Organic Land Care Certificate Course is a five-day class for landscapers and land care providers. Over 20 Extension professionals and industry experts help teach the course which focuses on organic practices for promoting healthy soil, enhancing biodiversity, and reducing polluted runoff from managed landscapes.

This program was recognized with the Environmental Stewardship award by the New Jersey Turfgrass Association at the Green Expo in Atlantic City in December. The Environmental Stewardship award is presented in recognition of a continuing commitment to environmental preservation and conservation. The Organic Land Care working group is comprised of extension faculty and staff, government staff, and industry professionals that have come together to create this program under Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s leadership. [Read more…]

Rutgers Master Gardeners complete two-year project at Old Broad Street Cemetery

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County completed a two-year project planting 500 Ice Folly daffodils throughout the Old Broad Street Cemetery in Bridgeton. What a glorious display awaits us this spring. In addition, five trees, four shrubs and 30 daylilies were planted. Master Gardener Jane Hankins heads the Broad Street Cemetery Project, and she is presently preparing the paperwork for a grant to plant colorful shrubs throughout this historic cemetery.

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