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Master Gardner Picnic Correction

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in News and Events

The previous post about the Master Gardner Picnic on June 23 should have included Ann Burgmeyer’s contact information.

Please email her at

or call her at 908-273-2357

Please let her know if you are coming and if you can volunteer to help out.  Specifically, please send:
  • Your name
  • Contact information
  • Number attending
  • What you will bring
  • If you can help out


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You Are Invited to the Master Gardner Picnic on June 23

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in News and Events

Come one, come all to our annual Master Gardner Picnic on
Saturday, June 23, from 2-5pm
(rain date Sunday, June 24)
at our Demonstration Garden at Trailside
We welcome family members and friends, who might be interested in our Master Gardner program.  It is a chance to meet other MG’s both old and new.  The Garden Committee will supply hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages.
Please bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert to share.  It is helpful to bring a label to identify the ingredients.
We can also use some help with the shopping, setup and clean up along with some “Grill Masters” who like to cook.  Please let me, Ann Burgmeyer, know if you are coming and if you can volunteer to help out. For planning please send me:
  • Your name
  • Contact information
  • Number attending
  • What you will bring
  • If you can help out
Looking forward to a beautiful day in the garden
Thank you
Ann Burgmeyer
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Spring Fair Attendance and your feedback

Posted by on Jun 9, 2018 in Committees & Projects, SpringFair, The Gardens

Hi everyone,
Another great event – we had 914 people come to our Spring Garden Fair – Congratulations! More specific details about the Fair are in the June newsletter.
We are interested in your feedback and observations, so while the event is fresh in your mind, please send any responses to Joanne by Sunday, June 17, to

Did you notice any problems?
Any areas for improvement or new ideas? What solutions do you offer for your suggestions?
Did parking at the “loop” work for you and was the shuttle van helpful?
We opened the coffee break at 9am with breakfast foods, what do you think of this?
Any overall comments?
Did you hear any customer comments (negative or positive) that you can share?
Thank you!
The Demo Garden will be open every Tuesday and Thursday by 9am, closing by 12pm, weather permitting

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Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners:

Here is our June newsletter.  This month’s features: MG picnic on June 23, lavender plant, NASA plants, and the MG program celebrates 30 years.



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Plant Swap Thursday June 7 at Demo Garden 6-8:30 pm

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

The county has a new program – a “Plant Swap” to encourage residents to remove invasive plant species from their property and “swap” them for a native plant.  The Plant Swap is taking place in the Demonstration Garden on Thursday, June 7, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm in our demonstration garden at Trailside.   If you would like to participate in the plant swap, please RSVP by emailing the county at

Here are details about the event:

We could use some volunteers to help with directing cars down to the demonstration garden and helping with the event.  If you would like to volunteer, please RVSP to Madeline at  Volunteers should arrive at 5:30.  If  you need to arrive later, that is fine.  I am looking for volunteers to take shifts directing cars down to the garden.



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Pin Party Poll

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners:

We are thinking about having our annual September Awards Program, the “Pin Party” on a Sunday afternoon or a weekday evening, and wanted to get feedback from you.  Would you prefer a Sunday afternoon, Weekday evening or would either be fine with you?

Please participate in this poll:

to let us know!

Please select the option of Sunday Afternoon, Weekday Evening or Either Sunday afternoon or Weekday evening.  Please complete the poll by Tuesday evening, June 5.

If you already participated in the poll at the spring garden fair or Master Gardener class, please do not participate in the on-line poll.  If you have any questions, please email Madeline at


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Post Event Plant Sales for Master Gardeners

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Committees & Projects, SpringFair, The Gardens

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 4 pack or 6 pack, Hanging baskets are $5.00 each

Annual vines and Tomatoes or Peppers in peat pots are $1.50 each. There are 2 nursery shrubs (kerria japonica) and 2 native virginia creeper vines at $5.00 each. Nursery perennials we cannot return are also in the greenhouse, they are $3.00 each.

Our MG donated perennials are on the back tables in our outdoor potting area, and they are $1.00 each (to cover the cost of soil)

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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Spring Garden Fair Thank You

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in News and Events

Dear Master Gardeners,

I would like to thank everyone for their contributions to another successful Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale.  The weather was a challenge this year for all the preparations for the fair, but the sun shone upon us for the entire fair.  I appreciate everyone’s efforts.



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Important Information for Sunday- Spring Fair

Posted by on May 19, 2018 in Committees & Projects, SpringFair, The Gardens

Spring Garden Fair Day is here !
Weather Forecast for Sunday – Partly Cloudy – 67 degrees at 8am, 79 degrees at 4pm, mostly cloudy in the afternoon, possible showers

We will be open before 7am on Sunday – Both entrances to the Garden will be open. The County will be setting up all the pop-up canopies 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)
Bring your own lunch for the afternoon.

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 or breakfast rolls 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-Saturday garden open 8am and MG member pre-plant sale information

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in News and Events

The Demo Garden will be open starting at 8:00am on Saturday – Please come early and help us get ready for the Spring Garden Fair, and then stay for the member plant sale that starts at 1pm. We will be receiving many deliveries of plants starting first thing and need help unloading.

Important information about Saturday – you are welcome to park at the garden but it will be crowded.  There will be 2 Boy Scout groups in the Scout area on Saturday – Cub Scout Pack 75 will be conducting a model rocket launch from 10am -2pm, and Cub Scout Pack 34 will be camping Saturday night through Sunday am.

Saturday, May 19, 1:00 – 3:00pm at the Demo Garden

All members will be able to purchase plants at full retail price in advance of opening the fair to the public at your very own plant sale. To ensure a good selection of plants for the public, we have to place some limits on the amount of plants you can buy. Remember, you will also be able to purchase plants at the end of the Fair on Sunday at reduced prices-but many of the “desirable plants” will be gone by then.

You’ll be able to purchase the following at the Saturday pre-sale:
• NO LIMIT on Hanging Baskets
• 3 pots of Herbs and (1) 4 or 6 pack.
Note – Basil 6 packs are excluded from this limit
• NO LIMIT on Vegetables
• NO LIMIT on 4 or 6 packs of annuals
• NO LIMIT on assorted 4” annuals including Geraniums, Coleus, and Proven Winners
• NO LIMIT on Nursery stock
• NO LIMIT on perennials, including many choice varieties
• You can go in the greenhouse to choose your tomato and pepper plants – plants that are marked with tape are not to be taken by Master Gardeners, they are for the Sharing Garden, Cutting, Herb or Annex Gardens, or the public.

Plants marked with the flagging/caution tape are reserved for the public. We ask everyone to respect this policy. Please come and have some refreshments with us while you shop.
Depending on the weather, the Gardening Odds & Ends Table may also be open for sales to master gardeners

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)
Thank you – Joanne Krueger – 908-313-2734

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