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Post event sales to Master Gardeners

Posted by on May 20, 2019 in News and Events

Congratulations everyone, Fair attendance was 1,098 people.

Post Event Plant Sales:

We have a small amount of flowering annual plants leftover that we cannot return to the nursery. They are in our greenhouse and we will be open this Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00am. Please be sure not to take the plants for the Sharing Garden, Annex, Cutting Garden or Herb Garden – they are clearly marked.

Annual flowers in the greenhouse are 30% off -$2.00 for a 6 pack, we have 2 hanging baskets of petunias, they are $18.00 each. We have a few Sunpatiens left over – they are $3.00 each.

Tomatoes or Eggplant in peat pots are $1.50 each.

There are free houseplants, canna bulbs, elephant ear bulbs, and chevril, cardoon, fennel herbs in the greenhouse- also clearly marked.

Our MG donated perennials are on the one back table in our outdoor potting area, and they are $1.00 each (to cover the cost of soil) The green and white hosta are NOT for sale.

Sales are on the honor system, and the money can either be sent to the Treasurer, Teresa Gibbons, or can be given to Joanne and I will get it to Terry.
Thanks for all your hard work, Joanne

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Important Spring Fair Information for Sunday

Posted by on May 18, 2019 in Committees & Projects, SpringFair, The Gardens

Spring Garden Fair Day is almost here!
Weather Forecast for Sunday – Partly Cloudy – 61 degrees at 8am, 80 degrees at 4pm, mostly cloudy all day, it looks like the showers may hold off until nighttime, but check the forecast as I am writing this Friday night.

We will be open at 6am on Sunday – Both entrances to the Garden will be open. The County will be setting up the rest of the tables, pop-up canopies and chairs first thing in the morning. Check in with Master Gardeners Joanne Krueger, Jane Manniello, or Susan Thomson before the Information Table opens at 10am for your volunteer assignment and to sign in.
Restrooms are located in the Old Museum building.
Please do not bring pocketbooks or valuable items with you.
Remember to wear your Master Gardener nametag, hat, t-shirt, or apron.
Green aprons are available at the main Information Table for Master Gardeners that don’t have MG shirts. (Information Table opens after 10am at the big gate)

We are making this change so there is food available for the Master Gardeners that arrive at 7am (or earlier) to start working. We are ending the food at 11am so the cashiers and plant sale committee can attend their orientation / check in meetings that start at 11am, and everyone else can get ready for the Fair opening.
The menu will offer mini bagels with cream cheese or butter, yogurts, fruit salad, protein bars, etc. Salads will be served in cups so people can “grab and go” and we don’t have a “people jam” in the building.
We will have coffee, tea, bottled water and juice available all day, with a healthy snack available in the afternoon, and whatever food is leftover from the morning.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH as we will only have breakfast foods available in the morning.

Parking for the public will be down at the Garden in the grassy field, & the main parking lot.
Parking for Master Gardeners will be at the Loop Picnic Area. Please drop off your supplies in the morning and park up at the Loop.
There are only 2 handicapped parking spots by the Garden, so any Master Gardeners needing assistance, we will move your car to a spot further away for you.
DIRECTIONS TO LOOP PICNIC AREA/PLAYGROUND – Turn left out of Trailside parking lot onto New Providence Road. Follow this road to a wooded traffic circle and take the third right onto W.R. Tracy Dr. (toward Surprise Lake). Bear left around loop for picnic and playground areas. It is a short 5-minute walk from the Loop area to the Demo Garden.
Be sure to park in a paved designated parking spot to avoid getting a pakring ticket at the loop. Park by the large restroom building.
We will also have the 4-H Van running as a shuttle from the Loop parking lot to the Garden in the morning before the Fair opens.

Please note – There will be a Scout group camping overnight Saturday into Sunday, and they will also be parking down by the garden. They should all depart by the time the Fair begins.

I know it will be another successful event thanks to everyone’s hard work!

See you Sunday. Joanne 908-313-2734 – cell

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MG Exam Information

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Current Class, Messages

Hello Class,

It has a been a pleasure having you as Master Gardener students this year.

Here is the final Exam as a word document:

18 19 MG Exam

It can be hand written or typed, which ever you prefer.

The classroom will be available on Tuesday May 21 from 10 am – 12:30 if you would like to come to the office to work on the exam.  Tamisha and I will not be at the office, but a class mate  has volunteered to bring the class handouts, our office copy of the fact sheet binder,and the Garden Helpline Manual (red book) Rutgers Pest Management Recommendations for Homegrounds, and Penn State Blue Diseases of Ornamentals book into the classroom.  (They are kept in the helpline office)

Please return the exam, your volunteer hours, your garden helpline training check list and IPM Assignment #2 to the office by Noon on Thursday May 23.  There will be a box for them set up on the table across from Tamisha’s desk or email them to

If you have any questions, I will be back in the office Wednesday morning.


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Ticks and Insects of Interest Training Program June 19 at Rutgers Busch Campus

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

On Wednesday June 19 there will be a free Rutgers Cooperative Extension training program on “Ticks and Other Insects of Interest”  for volunteer Master Gardeners at the Rutgers Busch Campus Student Center in Piscataway.   Pre-registration is required and bring a bag lunch.  Here is the program announcement:

Rutgers MG Training June 19 2019 Program Registration

This program is eligible for 4 CEU’s.

Hope to see you there!


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Fair Schedule for Saturday- 8am start and Sunday- open at 6am

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Committees & Projects, SpringFair, The Gardens

Hi everyone,
We will be starting at 8am on Saturday, our first delivery from Ambergs will be arriving about that time.
Plant deliveries will continue through the morning and should be done by 12pm. If you can come early Saturday morning it would be greatly appreciated.
The member pre-sale is from 1-3pm
And we should be closing around 5pm on Saturday.
On Sunday, we will be opening the Garden at 6am. The County will be arriving at 6:30am with over 20 tables, all the chairs, and pop-up canopies. We need people that can help with this set-up.

Remember, you can park at the Demo Garden on Saturday, park at the loop on Sunday.

Thank you – any questions, please call or text Joanne at 908-313-2724

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Spring Fair update on set-up & Scout camping this weekend

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Committees & Projects, SpringFair, The Gardens

Hi everyone,

Houseplants and Garden odds and ends are still needed and accepted for the Plant sale- please bring them to the Demo Garden these days:

Thursday, 9am -12 pm, Friday 9am – 12pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm

We are planning on helping the County with the table set-up this Friday, May 17. Time is TBD – and we will only be getting some of the tables that are needed. The rest will be coming on early Sunday morning. I will send additional updates as I receive them.

Saturday, May 18, we are starting at the Demo Garden at 8:30 am and our Member pre-sale is from 1-3pm. We will be closing around 5pm.

There is a Cub Scout Pack camping in the grassy field by the garden – they will be arriving at noon on Saturday and leaving by 9am on Sunday. They have reserved Camp Site A & B and Pavilion A. Please be careful when driving and parking at the Garden on Saturday. They have been informed of our activity both days.

Any questions, give me a call – Joanne Krueger at 908-313-2734

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Fair Meeting – Wed @ 7:30pm and items needed

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Committees & Projects, SpringFair, The Gardens

The Spring Fair orientation meeting is this Wednesday night at 7:30pm at the RCE office in Westfield.
Everyone volunteering at the Fair is encouraged to attend. We will review everything from soup to nuts and this is a great time to ask questions.
Refreshments will be served (iced tea and cookies)
We will be open these days and can use help continuing the set-up and getting the gardens ready:
Thursday, 9am – until 12pm
Friday, 8:30am to approx. 2:00pm (if you are coming later than 11am, call or text my cell to see if we are finishing early)
Saturday, 8:30am – 5pm
The MG member plant pre-sale is Saturday from 1pm- 3pm
Sunday the Garden will be open by 7am

Items needed for the Fair:
Gardening Odds and Ends needed – Please bring your donations this Thursday, May 16 to the Demo Garden. We will be open at 9:00am and closing at 12pm. We appreciate everyone’s donations, but all items must be clean, new or gently used and received by Saturday, May 18 – the day before the Fair.

House plants accepted until Saturday, May 18. Please label them. We have labels in the greenhouse for your use.

Boxes – all types-bring the weekend of the Fair – WE NEED 400 BOXES – If everyone just brought 4 boxes with them on Sunday we would have all the boxes we need. (Boxes should be stored in clear plastic bags and stored next to the building under the overhang- we have plastic bags at the demo garden on the kitchen counter for the boxes)

Baked goodies for our Cupcake cafe
Coolers with ice for our MG coffee break refreshments and the Cupcake Café
Pump pots or thermal carafes for the MG break and Cupcake Café
Shepherd Hooks for hanging baskets (mark with your name or tape)

Thanks so much for your help in keeping our gardens beautiful and making the Spring Garden Fair a huge success!
Joanne Krueger
908-313-2734 – cell

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Spring Fair- Houseplants needed – member pre-sale info & schedule for week

Posted by on May 12, 2019 in Committees & Projects, SpringFair, The Gardens

Hello everyone,

We are on track for another wonderful Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale this coming weekend!

Houseplants and Garden odds and ends are still needed and accepted for the Plant sale- please bring them to the Demo Garden these days:

Tuesday and Thursday, 9am -12 pm, Friday 9am – 12pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm

We are planning on helping the County with the table and canopy set-up this Friday, May 17. Lots of helping hands are needed.

Saturday, May 18, we are starting at the Demo Garden at 8:30 am and our Member pre-sale is from 1-3pm

Member – Pre-Sale ordering Information

We will again make annuals available during the Master Gardener Pre Plant Sale, held Saturday afternoon May 18, from 1-3pm at the Demo Garden. However, we need your help to make it a success. The spring plant sale is profitable when we sell out so we must order carefully. If you are interested in purchasing annuals at the pre-sale please send an email of the type of plant and approximate number (entire flat, a six pack, 4 inch pot) that you plan to purchase. We have the typical assortment of annuals including begonia, ageratum, alyssum, petunia, marigolds, salvia, snapdragons and zinnia. We will be using your requests for rough ordering purposes only. There will be no holds on the day of the sale. Please send your order requests to by Tuesday, May 14.

And please start saving boxes for the Fair and bring them to the Demo Garden the weekend of the Fair.

Thanks, Joanne Krueger

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IPM Assignment #2

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Current Class, Messages

Hello Class,

Here is IPM Assignment #2 as a word document if you would prefer to type the assignment.  Please be sure to include your site map with notes on your findings such as insects, cultural issues or diseases ! (Hope there are very very few!)

Master Gardener IPM Plan for the Homegrounds #2

See you at the demonstration garden on Tuesday,



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Master Gardener ‘May’ Newsletter

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

Please see attached May newsletter.

May 2019 MG Newsletter

Best Regards,


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