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Reminder: Continuing Education Meeting Tomorrow Evening, 7:30 pm @ RCE

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in News and Events

Want to learn more about Bonsai? Join us tomorrow evening, March 20th @ 7:30 pm for a delightful talk given by Bonsai expert, Mike Humphrey entitled: A Passionate Look At The World Of Bonsai. Location RCE building, 2nd floor. Bring a friend, and meet the expert. See you there!

Please RSVP by emailing

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Continuing Education Meeting on Wednesday, March 20 @7:30 PM

Posted by on Mar 11, 2019 in Continuing Education

Please join us for our Continuing Education Meeting, Wednesday March 20, 2019, 7:30-9 in the RCE Meeting Room, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ 07090.

A Passionate Look At The World Of Bonsai

Mike Humphrey has been doing bonsai for about 40 years, as a hobbyist and a professional. His passion started in England where he is from, and where he was heavily involved in the bonsai scene, being on the boards of many clubs and societies, both as board member and President. Mike worked as the head Stylist for quite a few years in one of the largest bonsai wholesale nurseries, Kyoto bonsai in Knutsford, Cheshire. He showed his trees throughout Europe and The USA and have had his trees accepted to the US National bonsai exhibition bi-annually for last 10 years. His most recent tree will be on the cover of International Bonsai, coming out in September. The same tree will be included in an International book by the famous artist Robert Steven of Indonesia.

Mike has given talks on bonsai all over Britain and was a demonstrator at the Joy of Bonsai Celebration in Bath, England. Although he doesn’t give a lot of talks these days, he is still very active in the US bonsai scene being on board of the Mid Atlantic Bonsai societies. His plan is to bring a few trees and discuss more advanced techniques with some basic bonsai knowledge and try and give a sense to what makes good bonsai and how to achieve that.

You are welcome to bring a guest for this event! RSVP and send questions you would like covered by emailing

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Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County March Newsletter

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Please see attached March newsletter.

March 2019 MG Newsletter


Best Regards,


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Spring Continuing Education Programs

Posted by on Mar 4, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners:

Here is our spring listing of programs that have been approved for continuing education credits, or you may be interested in attending.

Spring CEUs 2019

Thanks to Tina Helmstetter for compiling the list.  If you have suggestions for future listings, please email the information to Tina at

Remember, there are also free continuing education events offered here at the RCE office including our Monthly meetings and Master Gardener classes as well as workshops at our Demonstration Gardens.


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Executive Board Seeks Two State Representative Alternates:

Posted by on Mar 2, 2019 in News and Events

The MG Executive Board is seeking 2 individuals to serve as State Representative Alternates.

Representatives serve as liaisons between the State Master Gardeners Association and the Union County Master Gardeners, reporting the State activities and business to the Executive Board at its meetings.

Appointed for a two-year term, representatives need to be Certified Active Master Gardeners (CAMG) and be willing to attend Rutgers Master Gardeners Association of New Jersey (RMGANJ) monthly meetings,(except January and February), usually held on the 2nd Thursdays of the month @ 10 am , at Rutgers Cook Campus in New Brunswick.

This is a unique opportunity, and if interested, please contact RMGUC President, Althea Llewellyn, by email –, or by text – 908 720 4330.

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Soils Lecture

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Just a reminder that tonight’s (Wed Feb 20)  monthly meeting on soils has been cancelled.

Here is the link for the Living Soil film, from the Soil Health Institute. You can watch it at your leisure. It is a one hour film for 1 CEU.

FYI, If you would like to test your knowledge,  there are also questions on the lesson plan site for high school students. Questions are on page 6, answers are on page 7.  See how you do!

Madeline and Tina Helmstetter

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Revised MG Class Syllabus

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Continuing Education, Current Class, Messages, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Due some changes in our speaker’s schedules, I have revised the syllabus for the rest of the MG class.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we won’t need to make any more changes!

REVISED 2018-19 Tentative MG Class Syllabus


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February 20 Monthly Meeting Cancelled Due to Weather

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Our monthly meeting scheduled for Wednesday February 20 has been cancelled due to the expected inclement weather tomorrow afternoon and evening.  We will be sending out information on how you can view the Soils presentation at your leisure.

Stay safe,


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Rutgers Home Gardeners School Reimbursement

Posted by on Feb 17, 2019 in Continuing Education

Are you thinking about attending the Rutgers Home Gardeners School on Saturday, March 23, 2019? If so, you should know that as a certified Union County Master Gardener you qualify for additional discounts. Register by February 28, and your cost is $65 (use Promo code MG2019 with proof of certification).

In addition, any certified Union County Master Gardener who submits proof of registration payment, will receive an additional $15 discount, so the whole day of classes will cost only $50. Mail or drop off your receipt to the Treasurer at the RCE office in Westfield.

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Reminder: Continuing Education Meeting Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Posted by on Feb 17, 2019 in Continuing Education

Please join us for our Continuing Education meeting this Wednesday February 20, 2019, @ 7:30 pm in the RCE Meeting Room, 300 North Ave East, Westfield NJ 07090
We will be watching a documentary from the Soil Health Institute… Living Soil: A Documentary for All of Us!
(Recommended by Rutgers Plant Pest Advisory, Turf Blog)

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