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Rutgers Home Gardeners School Scholarship Opportunity

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in News and Events

Applications are now being accepted for consideration from Certified Active Union County Master Gardeners (CAMGs) for two scholarships for Rutgers Home Gardeners School. The 43rd Annual Home Gardeners School will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, 9am-4pm on the Rutgers Cook/Douglass Campus in New Brunswick. Please click on the link for program and registration information.

Cost: $65 for Master Gardeners who register on or before Feb 28, (use Promo code MG2019 with proof of certification)

Applicants must be able to attend on March23, 2019.  The Master Gardener Executive Board will select the scholarship recipients.

The scholarship recipients are responsible for registering for the Home Garden School program and paying the appropriate registration fee. After attending the HGS program, the awardees must submit proof of attendance and the reservation fee receipt to the RMGUC Treasurer who will process the reimbursement check.

Deadline for the Union County scholarship applications is March 1, 2019.

Please note: only the registration fee is reimbursed, the CAMG is responsible for paying any additional fees or box lunch.

You can apply by sending an email to or dropping off a note at the Extension Office.

Criteria for application:
Individual must be a CAMG with over 100 (cumulative ) hours of volunteer service. Individual has demonstrated outstanding contribution to the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County program and/or dedication to a Rutgers Master Gardener committee. Individual has not been awarded a scholarship in the prior three calendar years.

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Rutgers Home Gardeners School Takes Place March 23

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in News and Events

Here’s a link to the website:



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Did You Vote for the New Master Gardener Executive Board Members?

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in News and Events

At the Master Gardener holiday party on December 4, certified master gardeners had the opportunity to vote for the new executive board members.   If you weren’t able to attend, you can still vote by coming to the office and casting a ballot.  The ballots, ballot box and list of certified master gardeners will be at Tamisha Hopkins’ desk.   Deadline for voting is December 20.   Please come out and support the candidates by voting for them.

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Grab-bag gift left at the Holiday Party, Dec 4

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

I hope everyone had a good time at the Holiday party, Dec 4. Someone left a grab-bag gift at the Holiday Party. If you think this may be you, please contact Tamisha Hopkins at your earliest convenience.

Tamisha Hopkins

908-654-9854 ext. 2

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Master Gardeners Executive Board Election Ballot

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in News and Events

Below is the Executive Board Sample Election Ballot.   Certified master gardeners may vote at the holiday party on December 4 or at the office in Westfield.

                   Master Gardeners Executive Board Election Ballot

                                                    December  2018

Below are the candidates and offices for the Master Gardeners Executive BoardAlthough the candidates are unopposed, I encourage you to vote as a show of support for them.  The deadline for voting is December 20, 2018.

Richard Leister, President

The term of office for the listed positions is January 1, 2019 –December 31, 2020.


  • Althea Llewellyn, class of 2012

Volunteer Hours to Date:  280+

Committee Involvement:  First vice president, berry patch.

First Vice President:

  • John Evangelista, class of 2018

Volunteer Hours to Date:  80+

Committee Involvement: hydroponic demos and replaced garden beds.

 Recording Secretary:

  • Cecile Coronato, class of 2018

Volunteer Hours to Date: 60

Committee Involvement:  Holiday Party 2017 Decorations Committee Co-Chair, Spring Fair Plant Sale Committee, Spring Fair Info Table Committee


  • Carol Walczuk, class of 2005

Volunteer Hours to Date:  Aurum Insigne, over 3500 volunteer hours.

Committee Involvement:  Served on the Executive Board as 1st Vp, Interim Recording Sec., Treasurer, President, Immediate Past Pres.,Historian; Committees: Community Beautification,  New Greenhouse, Grants, Bylaws


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Help Needed at Demo Garden on Tuesday, December 4

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in News and Events

Westfield Lumber will deliver the plastic boards for the herb gardens and cutting garden at about 10 a.m.

Volunteers are needed to help unload.  If four or five able-bodied people can be there at 10 to help Dave Regal, that would be great.

I hope to see some of you there.

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December 2018- Master Gardener Newsletter

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

Please see attached Dec 2018 MG Newsletter

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December General Membership Meeting and HAPPY HOLIDAYS PARTY TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 7:00 PM

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in News and Events

All Master Gardeners and guests are cordially invited to the
December General Membership Meeting and

TUESDAY, December 4, 7:00 PM
Westfield Presbyterian Church, 140 Mountain Avenue, Westfield.

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 Vice President Ann Burgmeyer, preferably by email:  Or leave a phone message at 908-273-2357 by Thursday, November 29. 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 Thursday, November 29.

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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Soils Information

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in Current Class, Messages

Hello Class,

Our soils speaker, Joseph Heckman, asked me to share these website links with you for more information about soils and organic farming / land care:

Rutgers NJAES

Northeast Organic Farmers Association of New Jersey

Check out the events:

Hillsborough Library is sponsoring a backyard chicken class in Feb 2019.

Web Soil Survey

Rutgers Organic Land Care

Rodale Institute

Look forward to seeing you all in class.


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Reminder: Continuing Education Meeting on Seasonal Arrangements, Wednesday, Nov 28th @7:30 PM

Posted by on Nov 25, 2018 in News and Events

Please join us for our continuing education meeting, Wednesday November 28, 2018, 7:30-9 in the RCE Meeting Room, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ 07090.

Creating Seasonal Arrangements-Design you own seasonal arrangement to grace your table for the holiday season. Tina Helmstetter, fellow master gardener, will provide the design inspiration and teach you the techniques of designing your creation and how to incorporate natural material from your own garden. We will provide mixed varieties of evergreens and floral foam.

Tina Helmstetter began her career in horticulture in 1987 at Daub’s Garden Center in Lebanon, NJ. Starting with perennial sales, she worked her way up to head florist, head buyer for plant material, trees, shrubs and perennials . She has worked with Forever Flowers in Fords, working on Jon Bon Jovi’s wedding in NYC and Victoria’s Floral in Cranford. Since 2009 Tina has worked at Great Swamp Greenhouses in Gillette as shrub yard manager in charge of purchasing and sales.
She currently does wedding work on the side to keep her fingers nimble.

Tina’s passion for plants has included volunteering with the Emerald Ash Borer tree survey and teaching with Rutgers Master Tree Steward program, planting trees around her community as a member of the Cranford Tree Advisory Board, reintroducing native plants into the urban gardens, obtaining hard-to-find varieties.

You are welcome to bring a guest for this event! RSVP by emailing is a must to have enough material for all to work with:

Please bring your own pruners (please clean with bleach before bringing so we do not spread disease such as boxwood blight).

You are welcome to bring in your own container and any pods, flowers, cones seedheads, leaves, or greens except boxwood to use in your arrangements.

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