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Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Happy New Year Master Gardeners!

As we begin a new year, here are some continuing education opportunities.  Please note that there will be plenty of opportunities for continuing education opportunities  that do not have registration fees.  Most of our monthly meetings and MG classes are a good example of free programs.  If a program requests proof of Master Gardener membership, your current MG membership card  is good till June of 2017.  Please contact Judi Laganga if you misplaced your card.

Thanks to our Vice President, Tina Helmstetter,  for putting the list together for us. If you have any suggestions for continuing ed programs, please forward them to Tina at Tinamac208@gmail.com.

CEUs for beginning January

Rutgers MG Class Spring 2017 Tentative Schedule

Madeline

 

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41st Annual Home Gardeners School

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in News and Events

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Hickman Hall, Douglass Campus
9:00am – 4:00pm
$60 on or before March 10th; $75 after; $10 optional box lunch (or bring your own!)

For more information and to register visit: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/HGS

The Annual Home Gardeners School, brought to you by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education, offers expert instruction in innovative gardening and landscaping techniques! 35 different workshops cover a wide range of topics, including composting, irrigation, lawn care, plant propagation, beekeeping, and pruning techniques. Some workshops include demonstrations, such as designing small pavers, or hands-on activities such as repotting orchids or learning the art of fresh flower arranging. This year’s Home Gardeners School also includes 19 brand new workshops covering topics ranging from rock gardens and ornamental grasses to roses and pollinator victory gardens.

Speakers from our commercial horticulture and landscape design programs will participate along with Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) faculty and staff, providing you with the opportunity to learn from the best in the business! Attendees can create their own schedules by selecting the workshops that are most relevant to their gardening interests for a truly exciting day of learning!
You will not find more information on more subjects anywhere else in the state. And, best of all, it is all conveniently offered in one place, for one day … for only $60 if you register on or before March 10!
Pre-registration is recommended and workshop descriptions can be found at: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/HGS
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Volunteer Opportunity: NJ State Flower Show

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners:

Happy New Year !

Here is an announcement from Nick Polanin, the State MG Coordinator, about volunteer opportunities at NJ Flower and Garden Show.  The 2017 NJ Flower and Garden Show is scheduled for February 23-26 at the Raritan Expo Center in Edison.

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“This year, we will be utilizing SignUp.com (formally volunteer spot) for RMG volunteers to register for specific time slots / dates of the show.

To sign-up for your preferred date and time, please visit http://signup.com/go/DSbef7.

Please open the link, as it contains  step-by-step instructions on how to sign up. Many of our RMG volunteers are familiar with online volunteer sign-ups, but just in case they can contact Nick Polanin’s  assistant Ashley White at 908-526-6293, Ext. 4, if they have any questions regarding the Flower and Garden Show or need help scheduling their volunteer time for the RCE exhibit.

Please note that  when signing up for a day / timeslot, sometimes the website duplicates their request in other days for the same timeslot.  Please remind everyone to please make sure they are signed up for days/timeslots they actually requested and not additional ones by “accident.” ” – Nick Polanin

Sincerely,

Madeline

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Best Wishes for 2017

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Awards/Recognitions, MG Chronicles

Dear Master Gardeners,

Thank you for all of your great accomplishments in 2016.  I appreciate all that you contribute to our Master Gardener program and the wonderful services you provide to our county residents.

I would like to share with you a letter we received in recognition of your success:

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Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2017 !  I look forward to working with you in the new year!

Sincerely,

Madeline

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Request: Please list ingredients for the dish you bring to the Holiday Party

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in News and Events

Some people are allergic to certain ingredients in food, so please list the ingredients for the dish you bring to the Holiday Party.

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Reminder: Please RSVP for the Holiday Party on December 15

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in News and Events

Please RSVP if you are coming, preferably by email, to Judi Laganga at jlaganga@ucnj.org by Monday, December 12, or leave a message on her voice-mail at (908) 654-9854, option 2.

December General Membership Meeting and

HAPPY HOLIDAYS PARTY

Thursday, December 15, 7:00 P.M.

at the

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.

Master Gardeners, please bring your favorite entrée or appetizer.  Current class members should bring their favorite side dish or dessert.  Please put your name of 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!

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 Thursday, December 15.

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HOURS DUE FOR 2016

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in News and Events

It’s the end of another year – can you believe it?  So it’s time to remind you that hour reporting is counted on a calendar year basis (Not Pin Party to Pin Party) and I gently remind you that I am taking ALL YEAR END HOURS effective immediately.

We not only use these hours for recognition, but for statistical purposes in reporting.  So, you see, these are important!

Please get all your hours to me ASAP!!  I would like to close out the year at the close of the year!!

Thank you ALL – and may your Holidays be as wondrous as every single one of you!!!      Judi    🙂

 

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December 2016 Newsletter

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in News and Events

Dear MG’s

Here is your December Newsletter – I hope this month finds you all well and getting ready to celebrate the Holidays in your own unique way!

The staff here at RCE wish you all a wondrous Holiday Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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December General Membership Meeting and HAPPY HOLIDAYS PARTY Thursday, December 15, 7:00 P.M.

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in News and Events

December General Membership Meeting and

HAPPY HOLIDAYS PARTY

Thursday, December 15, 7:00 P.M.

at the

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 suggests that you donate a door prize valued under $10 for the raffle.  If you would like to participate in the 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 of 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, preferably by email, to Judi Laganga at jlaganga@ucnj.org by Monday, December 12, or leave a message on her voice-mail at (908) 654-9854, option 2.

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 Thursday, December 15.

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MASTER GARDENERS TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS GIVING BACK FOR GENEROUS WESTFIELD Y’S MEN GRANTS

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in News and Events

All Master Gardeners, including prospective members of the new class of 2017, are cordially invited to participate in our 10th Annual “HELP CARRY THE HOLIDAY TREES PARTY” on Sunday, December 4, 2016, 8:00-10:30 a.m., at the Westfield Y Men’s Club Association’s 63rd Annual Holiday Tree and Wreath Sale, corner of Elm and Walnut streets in Westfield (across from Stop & Shop).  The Y’s Men donate all sale proceeds every year to local youth groups and community service organizations, including MGUC.    This year, we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary of giving back to the Y’s Men for their generosity.

Details:  Earn hours, give back to the community, and have fun helping out at this annual event.  The sale is the Y’s Men’s primary fundraiser. All profits go to local youth and community service groups. These include MGUC, to which the Y’s Men have given a generous grant every year since 2007!  In return, the Y’s Men ask the MGs and all aided groups to donate some time and muscle at their Annual Sale.  Please come out and help for an hour or two.  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, so please come out to cheer us on!  We’ll have refreshments this year to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. 

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.

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