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Annual Master Gardener Picnic will be June 24

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in News and Events

Please save June 24 on your calendar for the Annual Master Gardener Picnic at the Demo Garden.  More details later.

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Master Gardener Ruth Yablonsky Receives 2017 Women of Excellence Award

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in News and Events

Every year the Commission on the Status of Women, sponsored by The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders,  recognizes women in  different fields.   This year the Commission honored Master Gardener Ruth Yablonsky of Cranford for her work as an environmentalist. Ruth was one of ten recipients of the Women of Excellence Award.

“The whole community is uplifted when we recognize the deep reservoir of talent among women in Union County and work to ensure that each one has the opportunity to exercise her full potential,” said Freeholder Vernell Wright, who is the Board’s liaison to the Commission on the Status of Women.

The MG Executive Board extends congratulations to Ruth.

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Come Help with Tree Planting in Cranford

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in News and Events

Master Gardener Tina Helmstetter has received 500 saplings from the NJ Tree Foundation to plant throughout Cranford with the assistance of the Cranford Tree Advisory Board and Environmental Commission.  The project is taking place this week at multiple locations throughout town. Wednesday 3-5, Friday 10-12, 3-5, 5-8, Saturday 9-11, 11-3.    If you would like to help at any of these times please contact Tina at tinamac208@gmail.com.   Or text her at 908-763-6774.

The MG Executive Board has approved this project for MG volunteer hours.

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Spring Fair Plant Donations accepted this weekend

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in News and Events

The Demo Garden will be open starting this weekend (April 29 and 30) from 9:00am until 12:00pm for plant sale donations. We can use help digging perennials out of the garden, dividing, potting up, mixing potting soil and labeling. Anyone coming with plants to be potted up, please arrive by 11:00am so we may finish at 12pm.

We are also holding our plant sale committee kickoff meeting on Saturday, April 29. Refreshments are at 12:00pm with the meeting starting at 12:30pm. We will be done by 2:30pm. All are welcome to attend.

Please note: Wild Earth Fest is this Sunday at Trailside. The event opens to the public at 11:00am. If you are bringing plants on Sunday, please arrive before 11:00am, or you may encounter difficulties getting down to the garden. The Demo Garden will be open during Wild Earth Fest until 5pm.We will also be open next weekend (May 6 and 7)  from 9:00am until 12:00pm accepting plant donations.

Also open (besides usual Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Saturday, May 13 – 8:30am – 12:00pm – setting up

Friday, May 19 – 9:00am until approx. 3:00pm – setting up

Saturday May 20 – 8:30am – 5:00pm

Sunday, May 21 – Spring Garden Fair Day – open by 7:00am!

Thank you for your donations and help. Any questions contact Joanne Krueger at 908-313-2734

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Nominations Sought for Wesley Philo Award for Volunteer Excellence

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in News and Events

In 2009 the Union County Executive Board created an award to recognize one individual in our Master Gardener organization.

This award is named in honor of our first President, Wes Philo, who was an active volunteer and leader with many organizations in addition to the Master Gardeners of Union County. Previous recipients were Walter Pommnitz, Larry Verdicchio, Joanne Krueger, Katherine Sabatino, Cindy Coppa, Caryl Hannemann , T.J. Karns and James Keane.

 

This award is presented annually to a volunteer who best exemplifies excellence in volunteerism and dedication to the Master Gardeners of Union County through her or his actions, commitment and loyalty.

 

Nominees must exemplify the spirit of community service, demonstrate exceptional commitment, service or leadership, and serve as role models for others in their community and “Inspiring by Example.”

 

Eligibility:

  • Certified active Master Gardener
  • A minimum of 500 volunteer hours to the MG program. The list of eligible MGers with 500 hours of service is at the end of this article.

 

Nomination Process:

Any fellow Master Gardener in good standing, Master Gardener Committee Heads, Executive Board Members, RCE staff, or the County Agent, may submit nominations.

 

To nominate an individual, please complete a “Wesley Philo Award for Volunteer Excellence Nomination Form.” Nomination Form Wesley Philo Award  Fill out a separate form for each volunteer (individuals only) nominated. Please be sure to provide all information requested.

 

The annual Wesley Philo Volunteer Award will be evaluated by the following criteria: 

 

Scope of responsibility:  

  • What were the direct responsibilities of the volunteer?
  • Did the volunteer assume a variety of tasks?
  • Did the volunteer hold a leadership position?

 

Scope of Impact:  

  • Did the volunteer impact a group or organization?

 

Scope of knowledge/skills

  • Did the volunteer demonstrate the required skills?
  • Did the volunteer seek improvement through learning new skills?
  • Did the volunteer provide advanced, specialized skills to complete tasks?

 

Accomplishments or Contributions to the Community:

  • Did the volunteer measurably expand, improve or strengthen the Master Gardener program?
  • Did the volunteer design and implement a new project, develop new methods or strategies, or provide new ideas for the MG program?
  • Did the volunteer show exceptional teamwork and collaboration?
  • Did the volunteer serve as a role model by inspiring others to volunteer?

 

Demonstration of Character:

  • Did the volunteer display dedication through consistent commitment to service in the MG program?
  • Did the volunteer demonstrate excellence and integrity?
  • Were there any challenging circumstances the volunteer had to face?

Deadline for Submissions:  May 30, 2016.

Nomination Submission Procedure:

  1. Applications should be submitted to the Master Gardener Executive Board President by May 30.
  2. The MG Executive Board reviews applications and chooses the recipient at the June or September Executive Board meeting.
  3. The award is presented at the annual Master Gardener Recognition “Pin” Party in September.

 

Elible Master Gardeners:

 

DOLORES BATZ-CULP
MARGARET BEACH
DEBORAH BERMAN
RICHARD BOTTINO
MARLENE BOYD
DORIS CHAMBERLAIN
NORMA COHEN
CINDY COPPA
CHRISTINE DEC
KATHRYN DEFILLIPO
DEBORAH DI MAGGIO
STACEY DRAPER
SHIRLEY DREW
BARBARA GIGON
RENATE GORDON
JOANN GORNOWSKI
IRENE GREENSTEIN
RICHARD GREENSTEIN
IRENE GROTTANO
ALFRED HANNEMANN
CARYL HANNEMANN
NANCY HAYES
LINDA HENRY
WILLIAM HOPKINS
JOAN HORN
KENNETH ILGAVIZIS
JEAN KAHAN
T.J. KARNS
JAMES KEANE
MARY KENT
MARY KRAUSS
JOANNE KRUEGER
JOYCE LAUDISE
RICHARD LEISTER
PATRICIA LEONARD
HELEN LUECKE
ROBERT MAISANO
JANE MANNIELLO
CAROL MARQUARDT
CHARLOTTE MELING
TERTIA MOORE
BRIDGET MRACEK
KAREN MULVIHILL
DEBRA NAHA
DR. JANE NORTON
WALTER POMMNITZ
SHARON PRYOR
DAVID REGAL
MARY ROBERTS
DENISE ROTHSTEIN
KATHERINE SABATINO
ROSEMARY SHIRE
SERENA SMITH
MARY STEWART
DEAN TALCOTT
FRED TAYLOR
SUSAN THOMSON
LARRY VERDICCHIO
CAROL WALCZUK
LORRAINE WALLACE
LAURIE WESTRA
JANICE WHITNEY
JOAN WITTERSCHEIN
RUTH YABLONSKY

 

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Late Breaking News: Seed Swap at Continuing Ed Meeting

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in News and Events

Tina Helmstetter is organizing a plant seed swap at the end of the

 Continuing Education Meeting on Wednesday, April 19.

Bring some plant seeds, take some plant seeds.

The meeting starts at 7:30 pm and will end by 9 pm.

You are welcome to bring a guest for this event!  RSVP  by emailing Judi Laganga, jlaganga@ucnj.org or calling (908) 654-9854, option 2.

 

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Reminder: Continuing Education Meeting Wednesday, April 19

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in News and Events

The topic: An intro to pruning trees and shrubs

Learn what, when, where, and why.   Aesthetic, ecological and economic values of the trees and shrubs that add quality to our lives and define our space in our urban forest.

Please join us for our continuing education meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 7:30-9 pm in the RCE Meeting Room, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ 07090.

Our Speaker, Stephen Schuckman, Instructor for Office of Rutgers Professional Education Program, Owner of First Mountain Arboriculture LLC,  a professional horticulturist, municipal forester and New Jersey Certified Tree Expert.

You are welcome to bring a guest for this event!  RSVP  by emailing Judi Laganga, jlaganga@ucnj.org or calling (908) 654-9854, option 2.

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April Showers Bring May Flowers AND a current newsletter!!

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in News and Events

Happy SPRING!!   Wheeeeeeee!!!  Now if it would only WARM UP!

In the meantime, grab a cup of tea, put your feet up – and enjoy your latest newsletter.  LOTS of very important Spring Garden Fair information.

Here you go!   APRIL NEWSLETTER 2017

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Continuing Education Opportunities

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Here is a list of upcoming continuing education opportunities.

CEUs Spring 2017

An event that is not on the list, but you may be interested in, is our MG Dennis Lenahan will be giving a lecture on Composting at the New Providence Library this Saturday, April 8 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm.  (1 CEU) The event is being sponsored by the Sustainability Committee of New Providence.  The Library is located at 377 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence NJ.

Thanks to Tina Helmstetter for compiling this list – if you have suggestions for programs, please send the information to Tina at tinamac208@gmail.com.

Madeline

 

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COMMUNITY BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS AVAILABLE ON LINE

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in News and Events

Thanks to Diane Borman and Deborah Berman, the Community Beautifications Project book is now available on the internal Master Gardener website.   Go to http://news.mastergardeners-uc.org/, click on “Committees & Projects” (above the photo slide show), and then on “Beautification Projects”.

Thanks, Diane and Deborah.

 

 

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