Pages Navigation Menu

Most Recent Articles

Welcome the Class of 2017/2018

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in News and Events

I could use some MGers to assist with welcoming the new class on Tuesday Oct 17th at 9:30AM!

To refresh your memory – we have name tags to give out, binders/USB’s to sign for, Soil Test Kits to sign for, and folders to give out!!

Also, if anyone would like to bake a treat or two for the new class, that would be great!  I usually bake something, but I am in temporary quarters and cannot bake very well without my tools!!!

Please contact me at the office 908-654-9854  or email me at   ASAP!!

Read More

Volunteer Opportunity: Fanwood Library Rain Garden

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

We are looking for volunteers to serve on the Fanwood Library Rain Garden Project.

Here is some information about this garden.

Descrip of Rain Garden Fanwood

Many thanks to Edith Wells and Mary Gosnell for chairing this project the past several years.  If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please contact Diane Borman, MG community beautification project coordinator, at


Read More

You Are Invited to the Next MG Communications Meeting on Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in News and Events

The next meeting of all Committee Chairs and the Executive Board will be held at 7 pm, Wednesday, October 25, in the meeting room of the RCE, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ.  Everyone is invited to attend and discuss any concerns.

Read More

Open House for Judi Laganga October 27

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Please join us on Friday October 27 for an Open House (2pm -7pm at the RCE office)  to celebrate our good friend and Office Manager Judi Laganga.  Judi will be officially retiring at the end of the month, so stop by to wish her well!  Light refreshments will be served, so please RSVP to Dr. Karen Ensle, RCE Dept. Chair, or 908-654-9854 ext. 1 .  See the flyer below for details.

Judi Laganga Retirement Invite Flyer

Hope to see you there!


Read More

October Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners!

Happy Fall! Here is this month’s Master Gardener Newsletter.  Highlights this month:

  • Walk in registrations will be accepted at State Master Gardener Conference on Saturday Oct. 7
  • Oct 18 – Monthly Meeting
  • Summer 2017 Children’s Program
  • Hops, Celosia and Things to do in October
  • Review of Deep Cut Gardens
  • Demonstration Garden News

October 2017



Read More

Message from Caryl Hannemann

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in News and Events

For those who didn’t register for the Statewide Conference –  this year walk-ins will be accepted at the door with no penalties.

Read More

Master Gardener State Conference

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in News and Events

Register for the Rutgers Master Gardener State Conference “Treasure Our Trees” on Saturday, 10/7/17 from 8:30-3:30 pm.

Get to see your fellow MGs honored for the Award for Excellence AND earn 4.5 CEUs! Forms are in the office or online Rutgers Master Gardeners Association of New Jersey 2017 Conference | Treasure Our Trees

(Download “2017 RMGANJ Reg Form.pdf “).

Read More

Master Gardener Continuing Education Meeting with Nick Polanin

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 in News and Events

Please join us for our continuing education meeting on 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, from 7:30-9 pm
in the RCE Meeting Room, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ 07090.
Our guest speaker will be Nick Polanin.  Topic to be Announced.
He currently serves as statewide coordinator for the Rutgers NJAES Master Gardener Program.
Since joining Rutgers University in 1999, Nick has been nationally recognized for his leadership and educational initiatives in training arborists and other tree care professionals, Green Industry workforce development programs, distance education for consumer and commercial audiences, and volunteer management.  Nick holds an M.S. in Horticulture/Urban Forestry (1989), and a B.S. in Natural Resource Management/Forestry (1982), both from Rutgers University. Areas of expertise include urban and community forestry, street tree management, christmas tree and nursery production, landscape IPM, and public relations. Prior to joining Rutgers, Nick was the Assistant City Forester in Jersey City, and in sales for private tree care companies serving clientele in Essex, Morris, Union, and Somerset Counties. 
Read More

Demo Garden open Saturday, Sept 30 – 9am – 12 for plant donations

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Committees & Projects, SpringFair, The Gardens

The Demo Garden will be open this Saturday, Sept 30 for your perennial plant donations from 9am – 12pm. This is the last day we will be accepting plants. We can use help potting, labeling, and starting to dig in our potted plants into the sand plot. Please come and help. Or come and work on your theme plot and enjoy the garden.

Thank you – Joanne Krueger

Read More

New Horticultural Therapy Program for VA Lyons and East Orange Campuses

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Events, MG Chronicles, Programs

Hello Master Gardeners,

My colleagues Joel Flagler (Bergen County)  and Jan Zientek (Essex County)  have received a grant to establish two horticultural therapy programs at the Veterans Administration campuses in East Orange and Lyons, NJ.  They are seeking certified volunteer Master Gardeners to assist with the program under the direct supervision of a certified Horticultural Therapist. (HT)

Here are some details about the program:

This is a call for Certified Rutgers Master Gardeners interested in supporting a horticultural therapy program at the Veterans Administration campuses in East Orange and Lyons, NJ.  Master Gardeners are being recruited from counties nearest these two campuses.  The VA has secured a grant to fund Horticultural Therapy for spinal cord/brain trauma patients and mental health patients (two separate programs).  They will be contracting with two HT graduates of Rutgers-SEBS to deliver the program, as well as having Rutgers-SEBS HT undergraduate interns assist them. RMG volunteers are being sought to help deliver the program (to work side-by-side with veterans and these HT professionals and assist as needed).  This is a great opportunity for RMGs to participate in an actual HT program.

The VA has organized an orientation for RMGs interested in participating in this program, which will be held on September 28, from 2pm to 4pm, at the VA Hospital in East Orange, 3rd Floor Auditorium.  We are working on hopefully having a similar training in Lyons, but for now there is only the one in East Orange.  We are hoping to develop a core of 15-20 volunteers to support this long-term project (it is a research grant where the effectiveness of HT for neurological patients is being measured).

As stated above, there will be volunteer HT opportunities at the VA’s Lyons campus as well.  There is a vocational-type program being organized, based in the Lyons atrium, where veterans are being trained to pursue jobs in interior plant care.

To RSVP and register for the orientation, please send an email with your name, address, phone number, and county RMG program affiliation to Jan Zientek at

If you cannot attend the Sept 28 training, but are interested in working with this project, please contact Jan Zientek to let him know of your interest.



Read More


You do not have access to this list, or are not logged in.