It was the second day of spring, and the sun beamed into the South Harrison greenhouse as a small contingent of volunteer gardeners filed in throughout the early morning. Sheltered from the chill, the Gloucester County master gardeners worked to the faint sound of spraying hoses and the quiet buzzing of fans. "It cheers you up," said retired teacher Barbara Trueheart, 62, of Washington Township. Another gardener likened the county facility to Oz, a magical place where the gardeners – volunteers under Rutgers University’s county cooperative extension – can always escape the bitterness outside.
/ / / Friction among the flowers under master gardeners’ new supervisor