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Pin Party- Volunteers Needed for Set-up/ Clean up

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

For those of you attending the Pin Party on September 22, we need volunteers to help Ann Burgmeyer with set-up/ clean up. If you are interested in helping, please contact Ann Burgmeyer or myself to volunteer.

Thank you kindly,

Tamisha Hopkins

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Friendly Reminder: RSVP for the Pin Party

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

This is a Friendly Reminder to RSVP for the Pin Party if you have not already done so. We are finalizing our catering order and need an aproximate headcount.

We look forward to seeing you!




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MG Annual Conference at Rutgers – Oct 5 information

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events, Programs

The Annual Master Gardener Conference is on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Cook Student Center in New Brunswick! This annual conference gives all Rutgers Master Gardener (RMG) volunteers from across the state the opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with each other while hearing and learning from noted experts in the wide field of horticulture.

Highlights of the 2019 Annual Conference – How did Climate Change my Garden?

  • Learn from noted experts in the field of horticulture and hear about educational opportunities in the RMGANJ Counties
  • Watch the video of the State Award winners for each county, includes two presentations by International Master Gardener Award Winning Counties
  • Enjoy continental breakfast/coffee and LUNCH IS INCLUDED!
  • Win door prizes
  • Earn 5 CE hours
  • Registration is $45.00 and includes breakfast and lunch
  • Registration closes October 1
  • Poster for the conference link is below
  • Go to this website to register:


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Continuing Education Meeting, October 16th, 2019, 7:30 pm @ RCE

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Continuing Education

Please join us Wednesday October 16th, 2019, 7:30-9 pm for our Continuing Education Meeting to be held at the Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Ave East, Westfield NJ, 2nd floor.

Our guest speaker will be James Occi. Topic – “Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases in New Jersey”

Researchers with the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology recently published the first scientific list of tick species confirmed in New Jersey, revealing that there are 11 known types, nine of them indigenous to North America and two invasive, including the recently identified Asian longhorned tick. Writing in the Journal of Medical Entomology, authors James L. Occi, Dina M. Fonseca, and Andrea M. Egizi (GSNB’14) also revealed that there are possibly seven other species present in the state—or will be…

Jim is a recovering microbiologist after 30 years in research at Merck Research labs and New Jersey Medical School. Jim is now working for the New Jersey Department of Health where he is involved in various state-wide surveillance programs. One such program is focused on mosquito surveillance – searching for mosquito-born viruses throughout the state’s mosquito populations. Jim is also assisting in implementing a state-wide tick surveillance program – the first of it’s kind in NJ.

Jim is also a PhD student in the department of Entomology at Rutgers University and wants to be a medical entomologist when he grows up.

You are welcome to bring a guest to this event. Please RSVP by emailing Tina Helmstetter at or text 908-763-6773. Hope to see you soon.

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Demo Garden open this Saturday- 9am to 12pm – for plant donations

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

The Demo Garden will be open this Saturday, Sept 14 from 9am – 12pm for your perennial plant donations.
We can use help digging up perennials, dividing, potting and labeling.
We also need help mixing potting soil.
If you are bringing plants to divide, please arrive by 11am as we will be closing promptly at 12pm.
We have pots, labels and potting soil for your use. Any questions about what kinds of plants we would like, please check the summer newsletter or contact Joanne.
We will also be open on Saturday, Sept 28 from 9am – 12pm- this will be the last day for perennial plant donations this year.

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

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Pin Party scheduled for Sunday, September 22nd at 3pm

Posted by on Sep 6, 2019 in News and Events

Please join us for the annual Pin Party which recognizes your amazing community volunteerism!

This year the Master Gardener Pin Recognition Party will be held on Sunday,September 22 at 3 pm.
We will be celebrating our 31st year anniversary at the Presbyterian Church, Assembly Hall, 140 Mountain Ave., Westfield.

RSVP by September 16 to Tamisha Hopkins: or

Any one wishing to help with set up or clean up can call or email Ann
Burgmeyer: or 908-273-2357. We will be
setting up @ 1 pm, and clean up should be less than an hour after
the conclusion of events.

Hope to see you there!!

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Master Gardener ‘September’ Newsletter

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Please see attached ‘September’ newsletter.

Final- September 2019 MG Newsletter


Best Regards,


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Demo Garden open extra hours this Tuesday & Thursday – 9am – 3pm- VIP visitors Friday

Posted by on Sep 1, 2019 in Committees & Projects, The Gardens

The Demo Garden will be open next Tuesday and Thursday from 9am until 3pm and Madeline will be there both days so please come out and help get the garden into shape.

The County Manager, some Freeholders, and several County Department heads will be coming to the Demo Garden on Friday, Sept 6 from 8:30am to around 10:30am.
Many of these people have never been to our garden or seen the incredible greenhouse that was funded by the County.
There will be refreshments served (arranged by Madeline and Jim N.) and displays in the greenhouse of some of our MG projects.

We need the garden trimmed, weeded, swept and sparkling clean and looking it’s absolute best next week.
In addition, the greenhouse and building have to be vacuumed, and cleaned.
So I am asking for everyone to find an hour or two to come to the garden and help us get it into shape.
Sadly, in some areas the weeds are out of control.
If you normally work in one area, and that spot is good, please consider helping Madeline and your fellow Master Gardeners these next few days in another area.
Please come and help so our VIP visitors are amazed by our beautiful garden.
Thank you for keeping our garden beautiful!
Joanne Krueger
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Anna Rigassio ‘Class of 2015’ Memorial

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 in News and Events

Anna C. Riggassio, Master Gardener Class of 2015 passed away on August 9.  She had a great love of nature and gardening.  A memorial mass will be held at 10:45 am on Wednesday August 21 at Saint Teresa of Avila Church, 306 Morris Avenue, Summit.



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Master Tree Steward Program

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in News and Events

26th Annual 4-H Master Tree Steward Program open enrollment

Interested in Trees? Enjoy Teaching Kids?

This wonderful program is familiar to many of our Master Gardeners who are also Master Tree Stewards.  You may be interested in trying it out and spread the word about it to your friends.  It is a good fit for MG’ers as most of the activity happens during the fall and winter when our gardens are put to bed and we are looking at seed catalogs.

The 4-H Master Tree Steward Program is an enjoyable, educational program for adults. The classes teach about the nature and life of trees. You will learn how trees grow; how to identify them; about their importance to our environment; and fun ways to share this knowledge with children. There are no exams or quizzes. Once trained, you will have opportunities to teach a one-hour program to groups of interested and attentive schoolchildren.

Your commitment is SHORT term, but importance and impact is LONG term

Classes will meet every Wednesday from September 4th to December 11th, 2019. (Except for any holidays that fall on those days). Field trips are included in the program.

Please see the attached flyer for more information and an application or contact James Nichnadowicz 908-654-9854, x 3

2019-20 Application for MTS Final Copy

MTS flyer (002)

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