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Rutgers Home Gardeners School, March 17, 2018

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in News and Events

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Correction to the Ballot for the Executive Board

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in News and Events

Please note that the ballot should list that Indira Govindan is nominated for Corresponding Secretary.

Terry Gibbons, nominated for Treasurer, is from the class of 2014.


My apologies for these errors.

Richard Leister

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December / January Newsletter

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

Here is our December / January Newsletter:


Feature Articles: Sage, Planning Your Garden for Next Year? Ideas for extra space! Holiday Cactus, Things to Do in December and January,  Demo Garden Year in Review, Sharing Garden: Another Successful Year: Thank You Letters from Agencies.




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Vote for the New Members of the Master Gardener Executive Board

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in News and Events

If you did not attend the Master Gardener Holiday Party on December 5,  you still have the opportunity to show your support for the Master Gardener Executive Board by going to the Helpline Office and completing a ballot.  The Helpline is open Mon & Wed 9 am – 3pm and Friday from 9 am – 11 am, but please call the Helpline 908-654-9852 to make sure the office is open.   The poll closes on December 20 at 3 pm.

Below are the candidates and offices for the Master Gardeners Executive Board:

Second Vice President:       

  • Dan Black, class of 2017

Volunteer Hours to Date:  128

Committee Involvement:  Arts and Crafts, Communications/ publicity, spring garden fair, holiday party, and clerical in the office and community gardening with children

Third Vice President:

  • Ann Burgmeyer, class of 2011

Volunteer Hours to Date:  130+

Committee Involvement: Herb Garden and Helpline, Spring Garden Fair

 Corresponding Secretary:

  • Indira Govindan, class of 2017

Volunteer Hours to Date: 75

Committee Involvement:  annual fair and plant sale, craft-sale committee


  • Terry Gibbons, class of 2015

Volunteer Hours to Date:  More than 400

Committee Involvement:  Treasurer, Spring Garden Fair


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Candidate Urgently Sought for Corresponding Secretary on the Master Gardener Executive Board

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in News and Events

The Nominating Committee has not yet received a nomination for Corresponding Secretary on the Master Gardener Executive Board.

If you know anyone who would like to serve or you, yourself, are interesting in standing for the position, please contact Richard Leister ASAP at or 908-790-1552.

The duties of Corresponding Secretary are to:
1. Handle all correspondence for all meetings and programs. ( This includes correspondence connected with the Annual Fair and Plant Sale.)
2. Maintain correspondence files according to year in the RCE office for a period of five to seven years.

The Corresponding Secretary is a voting member of the Executive Board

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Please RSVP to the Invitation to the December General Membership Meeting and HAPPY HOLIDAYS PARTY

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in News and Events

The party is TUESDAY, Dec. 5, at 7:00 PM at the Westfield Presbyterian Church.

Please RSVP ASAP  to MG President, Richard Leister, preferably by email:  Or leave a phone message at 908-790-1552

Details on what to bring and how to get there are in the post from November 19 as well as the newsletter.

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December General Membership Meeting and HAPPY HOLIDAYS PARTY TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 7:00 PM

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in News and Events

December General Membership Meeting and
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 requests that you donate a door prize valued under $10. If you would like to participate in the door prize 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 on 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 to MG President, Richard Leister, preferably by email:  Or leave a phone message at 908-790-1552 by Monday, November 27. Directions to the party are below.
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 Tuesday, November 28.

Directions to the Holiday Party Tuesday December 5, 2017
Westfield Presbyterian Church, 140 Mountain Avenue Westfield
From Central Ave.
From wherever you pick up Central Avenue, follow it through downtown Westfield until it ends on East Broad St. (Rialto Theater on your right). Make a right onto East Broad St. and then take your first left at the light onto Mountain Ave. Pass the church which is immediately on your right to its adjacent parking lot. The entrance to the building is the large door facing the parking lot.
From the Garden State Parkway- Take Exit 135 (Westfield, Clark). From the north, bear right onto Central Avenue (Shoprite on right – Target on left). From the south, turn left onto Central Avenue after the exit. Follow Local Directions from Central Avenue above.
From New Jersey Route 22- Take the New Providence Road exit in Mountainside and follow it to the first traffic light at Mountain Ave. where you make a right. Continue on Mountain approximately one mile. The church parking lot will be on the left, just before the church. The entrance to the building is the large door facing the parking lot.


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Westfield Y Men’s Club – Please note revision of date and time from Nov Newsletter

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in News and Events


You are cordially invited to participate in our 11th Annual “HELP THE Y MEN SET UP THEIR TREES PARTY” on Sunday, December 3, 2017, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the Westfield Y Men’s Club Association’s 64th Annual Tree and Wreath Sale, corner of Elm and Walnut streets in Westfield (across from Stop & Shop).

Details:  Earn hours, give back to the community, and have fun helping the Westfield Y Men’s Club unload a shipment of trees for their 64th Annual Tree and Wreath Sale.  The sale is Y Men’s primary fundraiser. All profits go to local youth organizations and community service groups.  These include our organization, to which the Y Men have generously donated for 10 years.

In return, the Y Men ask the MGs and all aided groups to donate some time and muscle at their Annual Sale. Please come out and help for a couple of hours.  It’s a great way to meet and greet your fellow MGs, the Y Men, and people in our community.

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, and we also need people who can take photos, so please come out to cheer us on!

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 or

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Reminder: November Continuing Education Meeting on Composting

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in News and Events

Please join us for our continuing education meeting on 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 7:30-9 pm
in the RCE Meeting Room, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ 07090.
Our guest speaker will be Dennis Lenahan . 
Dennis will cover the pluses of composing, the different types composting bins and how composting happens. It is a PowerPoint presentation developed by several NJ county RCE coordinators.
Dennis is from the 2015 class. He helps with the Berry Patch at the Demo Garden. He has helped with the Spring Plant sale for the past three years. Dennis is an alternate rep at the RMGANJ meetings at Rutgers. He has given talks on Composting and Food Safety and Harvesting as a member of Union County Rutgers MG Community Garden Training Program.
Please RSVP to You are welcome to bring a guest.

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The Sharing Garden Needs Help Thursday at 9:am

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in News and Events

A load of top soil has been delivered and 8 beds in the sharing garden need to be filled.
Please come if you can help
Norma Cohen
908 464 1730


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