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December General Membership Meeting and HAPPY HOLIDAYS PARTY Thursday, December 15, 7:00 P.M.

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in News and Events

December General Membership Meeting and

HAPPY HOLIDAYS PARTY

Thursday, December 15, 7:00 P.M.

at the

Westfield Presbyterian Church,

140 Mountain Avenue Westfield.

 

All Master Gardeners and guests are cordially invited.

A donation of an unwrapped gift for a child would be appreciated.

 

Come and meet the members of the “New Master Gardener Class” and renew old acquaintances. The current class traditionally hosts and organizes this event and suggests that you donate a door prize valued under $10 for the raffle.  If you would like to participate in the raffle, you must bring a door prize gift.

Master Gardeners, please bring your favorite entrée or appetizer.  Current class members should bring their favorite side dish or dessert.  Please put your name of the bottom of your serving dish and serving utensil.  Sandwiches will be provided by the Executive Board.  Abundance and variety of food depend upon each Master Gardener’s contribution to our Holiday Party table, so bring something yummy and let’s party!

Please RSVP if you are coming, preferably by email, to Judi Laganga at jlaganga@ucnj.org by Monday, December 12, or leave a message on her voice-mail at (908) 654-9854, option 2.

HOLIDAY TOYS

Every year at the holiday party, we collect toys to donate to Saint Joseph’s Crisis Center in Elizabeth, a non-sectarian group that helps the poor and homeless of Union County.   Gifts to needy children help to make their Holidays happier.  In difficult economic times, toys donated by Master Gardeners may be all some children will receive, so please remember to bring your unwrapped toys to the Holiday Party. (No toy weapons.)   If you can’t make the party, please drop the toys off at the office in Westfield by Thursday, December 15.

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MASTER GARDENERS TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS GIVING BACK FOR GENEROUS WESTFIELD Y’S MEN GRANTS

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in News and Events

All Master Gardeners, including prospective members of the new class of 2017, are cordially invited to participate in our 10th Annual “HELP CARRY THE HOLIDAY TREES PARTY” on Sunday, December 4, 2016, 8:00-10:30 a.m., at the Westfield Y Men’s Club Association’s 63rd Annual Holiday Tree and Wreath Sale, corner of Elm and Walnut streets in Westfield (across from Stop & Shop).  The Y’s Men donate all sale proceeds every year to local youth groups and community service organizations, including MGUC.    This year, we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary of giving back to the Y’s Men for their generosity.

Details:  Earn hours, give back to the community, and have fun helping out at this annual event.  The sale is the Y’s Men’s primary fundraiser. All profits go to local youth and community service groups. These include MGUC, to which the Y’s Men have given a generous grant every year since 2007!  In return, the Y’s Men ask the MGs and all aided groups to donate some time and muscle at their Annual Sale.  Please come out and help for an hour or two.  Note: Typically, 2 or 3 people carry each tree the short distance from truck to tree lot. Have a bad back? Not to worry. We need your moral support anyway, so please come out to cheer us on!  We’ll have refreshments this year to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. 

Thanks, everyone.
T.J. Karns, Chair of Grants and Publicity Committees
Please contact TJ Karns to let her know you are coming at 908-964-3654.

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Holiday Tree Event Sunday Dec 4

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in News and Events

All Master Gardeners, especially including members of the new class of 2017, are cordially invited to participate in our 10th Annual “HELP CARRY THE HOLIDAY TREES PARTY” on Sunday, December 4, 2016, 8:00-10:30 a.m., at the Westfield Y Men’s Club Association’s 63rd Annual Holiday Tree and Wreath Sale, corner of Elm and Walnut streets in Westfield (across from Stop & Shop).  The Y’s Men donate all Sale proceeds every year to local youth groups and community service organizations, including MGUC.    This year, we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary of giving back to the Y’s Men for their generosity.

Details:  Earn hours, give back to the community, and have fun helping out at this annual event. The sale is the Y’s Men’s primary fundraiser. All profits go to local youth and community service groups. These include MGUC, to which the Y’s Men have given a generous grant every year since 2007! In return, the Y’s Men ask the MGs and all aided groups to donate some time and muscle at their Annual Sale. Please come out and help for an hour or two. Note: Typically, 2 or 3 people carry each tree the short distance from truck to tree lot. Have a bad back? Not to worry. We need your moral support anyway, so please come out to cheer us on!  We’ll have refreshments this year to celebrate our 10th Anniversary.

Thanks, everyone. T.J. Karns, Chair of Grants and Publicity Committees Please contact TJ Karns to let her know you are coming at 908-964-3654.

 

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MG November Continuing Education Meeting: Viticulture, a Highly Researched, Labor-Intensive Crop

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Please join us for our continuing education meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, from 7:30-9 pm in the RCE Meeting Room, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ 07090.

Mike Beneduce will talk about viticulture, the science of grape growing. Grapes are among the most labor intensive crops on the planet. Due to their potential value as wine, grapes are also one of the most highly researched and carefully bred crops in modern agriculture. 

Mike graduated from Cornell University with degrees in plant sciences and viticulture/enology.  The recently introduced major in viticulture focuses on techniques specific to cool-climate grape growing.  Most classes were taught at one of the local vineyards or Cornell’s student winery.  He also gained experience in the arts of pruning and canopy management, working under a fourth generation grape grower at the Sawmill Creek Vineyards in the Finger Lakes region of New York.  He is a certified sommelier under the Court of Master Sommeliers.  In addition, he volunteers on the Board of Trustees for Valley Crest preserve, a nonprofit farm dedicated to growing and donating fresh produce to people in need.  He has served as chairman of the Garden State Winegrowers Association and continues to advocate for an increase in the quality of wine made in New Jersey.

 

 

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November 2016 Newsletter

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in News and Events

Happy November –

Enjoy the attached newsletter, chock full of information.

november-2016

Wishing you a Joyous & Healthy Holiday Season!

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CANDIDATES SOUGHT FOR MASTER GARDENER ELECTIONS

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in News and Events

In December of this year the terms of the following officers end:  Richard Leister, president; Althea Llewellyn, first vice president; Mary Stewart, historian; and Linda Henry, recording secretary.

 

Candidates are being sought for all these positions.   If you are a certified, active master gardener (CAMG), in good standing, who would like to submit your name or another CAMG’s name for consideration, please contact a member of the Nominations Committee:

 

NOTE: According to our bylaws, nominations will not be called/taken from the floor.  Our bylaws can be found under the Forms and FAQS  page  at http://news.mastergardeners-uc.org/.

 

Qualifications and responsibilities for these positions are in the bylaws, which are also available on the above website.  Criteria include:

Any candidate for office must

  1.  Be a CAMG in good standing
  2. Support the mission of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the RMGUC.
  3. Display, support and encourage positive attitudes in volunteering.
  4. Attend required RMGUC meetings.
  5. Maintain annual certification requirements (required hours and CEU’s)

The deadline for submitting names (applying for consideration for these positions) is November 20, 2016.

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Spring Gardening Symposium of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County.

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in News and Events

“Refresh, Renew, Restore: A Garden Symposium” will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017, 8 am to 3:30 pm at the Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, NJ.  We have a great line up of speakers this year!  Come hear Tony Avent, the owner of Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, North Carolina, which prides itself on “Preserving, Studying, Propagating, and Sharing the World’s Flora.” Tony founded this nursery to help fund the activities of Juniper Level Botanic Gardens, a display and research garden with over 11,000 plants. Tony is well known as a lecturer and garden writer and recipient of prestigious awards from the American Horticultural Society, the North American Rock Garden Society, and the North Carolina Association of Nurserymen. He will be speaking on Landscaping in Drifts of One. Joining him will be Ruth Rogers Clausen, a teacher, lecturer, and author who has been Horticulture Editor for Country Living Gardener magazine and has contributed articles to Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Handbooks. In addition to three volumes in The American Garden Guides Series, she has authored many books, most recently, Essential Perennials with Thomas Christopher. She will be speaking on A Glorious Last Hurrah!

To mark our TENTH Symposium, one of our most popular speakers, Ken Druse a celebrated lecturer, award-winning photographer, and author, will be joining us again.  Called “the guru of natural gardening” by the New York Times, he is best known for his 20 garden books published over the last 25 years. The American Horticultural Society listed his book, The Natural Garden among the best books of all time. His books have won awards from Garden Writers Association for both writing and photography, and the Garden Club of America presented Ken with the Sarah Chapman Francis Medal for lifetime achievement in garden communication. In 2013, the Smithsonian Institute announced the acquisition of the Ken Druse Collection of Garden Photography comprising 100,000 images of American gardens and plants. He will present The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of a Challenging Climate.

 Our fourth speaker will be Don Leopold, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair in the Dept. of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). Don has published over 60 journal papers, as well as many additional publications on topics in forest and wetland ecology and native plants. Don’s fifth book, Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening and Conservation is a guide to over 700 native trees, shrubs, vines, graminoids, wildflowers, and ferns that are valuable for garden and restoration planting. In 2006, this book received the Garden Writers Association Silver Media Award for excellence in horticultural writings. In 2009, Don received the NY State Nursery and Landscape Association George L. Good Gold Medal of Horticulture Award for outstanding contributions to horticulture in New York State. Don Leopold’s contribution to our symposium will be Creating and Restoring Sustainable Landscapes with Native Plants and Natural Plant Communities.

 In addition to all of these great speakers, Barbara J. Bromley, Mercer County Horticulturist, will continue the conversation about timely horticultural and environmental issues impacting home gardeners in question and answer sessions held during the day.

Because our garden symposiums fill up quickly, we are notifying previous symposium attendees before launching our publicity.  A registration form with information regarding this year’s symposium is attached for your convenience, or you can download one from our website: http://www.mgofmc.org/symposium/ . Please be aware that registration will be limited to 300 attendees, and there will be no exceptions once we have reached capacity.  Early registration is $80 and will run until February 11, 2017.  The late registration period is from February 11-25, 2017 and will be $90.  Regardless of this timetable, registration will close if and when we reach capacity. So register this week and guarantee your place!                                                                  –Suzanne Hickman, Master Gardener and Garden Symposium Registrar 2017

4.5 hours of continuing ed for Master Gardeners of Union County.

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Reminder: The Next MG Communications Meeting is Wednesday, October 26

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Committees & Projects, News and Events

The next meeting of all Committee Chairs and the Executive Board will be held at 7 pm, Wednesday, October 26, in the meeting room of the RCE, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ. Everyone is invited to attend and discuss any concerns.

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Fairview Arboretum Tour

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Continuing Education, News and Events

There will be a tour of the Fairview Cemetery, Westfield,  lead by Dr. Tom Ombrello, Professor Union County College, on Sunday, October 23 at 2pm.  Please see flyer below for more detail and registration information.  1 CEU for this educational tour.

fairview-arboretum-tour

 

 

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October Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in News and Events

Sorry for the delay – but Fall is a very busy time here at RCE.

Enjoy your October Newsletter – and the cooler days………………

october-2016

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