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Spring Fair Attendance and your feedback

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Committees & Projects, SpringFair, The Gardens

Hi everyone,
Another great event – we had 977 people come to our Spring Garden Fair – Congratulations!
We are interested in your feedback and observations, so while the event is fresh in your mind, please send any responses to Joanne by Monday, May 29, to

Did you notice any problems?
Any areas for improvement or new ideas?
Did parking at the “loop” work for you and was the shuttle van helpful?
We opened the coffee break at 9am with breakfast foods, what do you think of this?
Any overall comments?
Did you hear any customer comments (negative or positive) that you can share?
Thank you!
The Demo Garden will be open on Tuesday by 10am

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Important Information for Fair Volunteers on Sunday

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Committees & Projects, News and Events, SpringFair, The Gardens

Less than 2 days to the Spring Garden Fair!
Weather Forecast- Saturday – Cooler – Mostly Sunny, 63 degrees at 9am, 71 at 4pm
Sunday – Partly Sunny – 55 degrees at 8am, 67 degrees at 1pm, mostly cloudy in the afternoon

Open at 7am on Sunday – Both entrances to the Garden will be open.
Check in with Master Gardeners Joanne Krueger, Jane Manniello, or Susan Thomson before the Information Table opens at 10am for your volunteer assignment and to sign in.
Restrooms are located in the Old Museum building.
Please do not bring pocketbooks or valuable items with you.
Bring a lawn chair to sit on and label with your name.
Remember to wear your Master Gardener nametag, hat, t-shirt, or apron.
Green aprons are available at the main Information Table for Master Gardeners that don’t have MG shirts. (Information Table opens after 10am at the big gate)
Bring your own lunch for the afternoon.

We are making this change so there is food available for the Master Gardeners that arrive at 7am (or earlier) to start working. We are ending the food at 11am so the cashiers and plant sale committee can attend their orientation / check in meetings that start at 11am, and everyone else can get ready for the Fair opening.
The menu will offer mini bagels or breakfast rolls with cream cheese or butter, yogurts, fruit salad, protein bars, egg salad, tuna salad and macaroni salad. Salads will be served in cups so people can “grab and go” and we don’t have a “people jam” in the building.
We will have coffee, tea, bottled water and juice available all day, with a healthy snack available in the afternoon, and whatever food is leftover from the morning.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH as we will only have breakfast foods available in the morning.

Parking for the public will be down at the Garden in the grassy field, & the main parking lot.
Parking for Master Gardeners will be at the Loop Picnic Area. Please drop off your supplies in the morning and park up at the Loop.
There are only 2 handicapped parking spots by the Garden, so any Master Gardeners needing assistance, we will move your car to a spot further away for you.
DIRECTIONS TO LOOP PICNIC AREA/PLAYGROUND – Turn left out of Trailside parking lot onto New Providence Road. Follow this road to a wooded traffic circle and take the third right onto W.R. Tracy Dr. (toward Surprise Lake). Bear left around loop for picnic and playground areas. It is a short 5-minute walk from the Loop area to the Demo Garden.
Be sure to park in a paved designated parking spot to avoid getting a pakring ticket at the loop. Park by the large restroom building.
We will also have the 4-H Van running as a shuttle from the Loop parking lot to the Garden in the morning before the Fair opens.

Please note – There will be a Scout group camping overnight Saturday into Sunday, and they will also be parking down by the garden. They should all depart by the time the Fair begins.

Thank you everyone! Joanne – 908-313-2734 – cell

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Member Pre-Sale Information- Saturday

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Committees & Projects, News and Events, SpringFair, The Gardens

Saturday, May 20, 1:00 – 3:00pm at the Demo Garden

All members will be able to purchase plants at full retail price in advance of opening the fair to the public at your very own plant sale.

To ensure a good selection of plants for the public, we have to place some limits on the amount of plants you can buy. Remember, you will also be able to purchase plants at the end of the Fair on Sunday at reduced prices-but many of the “desirable plants” will be gone by then.

You’ll be able to purchase the following at the Saturday pre-sale:
• 2 Hanging Baskets
• 3 pots of Herbs and (1) 4 or 6 pack.
Note – Basil 6 packs are excluded from this limit
• NO LIMIT on Vegetables
• NO LIMIT on 4 or 6 packs of annuals
• NO LIMIT on assorted 4” annuals including Geraniums, Coleus, and Proven Winners
• NO LIMIT on Nursery stock
• NO LIMIT on perennials, including many choice varieties
• You can go in the greenhouse to choose your tomato and pepper plants – plants that are marked with tape are not to be taken by Master Gardeners, they are for the Sharing Garden, Cutting, Herb or Annex Gardens, or the public.
There will be a small amount of the Rutgers 250 Tomato plant available for sale to the Master Gardeners

Plants marked with the flagging/caution tape are reserved for the public. We ask everyone to respect this policy. Please come and have some refreshments with us while you shop.
The Gardening Odds & Ends Table will also have items for sale to the members.
Please come early and help us get ready for the Spring Garden Fair- we will be open starting at 8:30am on Saturday
Thank you – Joanne Krueger – 908-313-2734

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Friday time change- now 8am & Bake Sale Information

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Committees & Projects, News and Events, SpringFair, The Gardens

Park at the Demo Garden Thursday through Saturday – at the Loop Sunday

TIME CHANGE FOR FRIDAY at the Demo Garden due to the warm weather
FRIDAY, MAY 19 – 8:00AM – The County will be delivering all the tables and chairs. We need help setting up the tables, covering the tables with plastic, and helping to set up the canopies. We also need to mark the grassy field for parking, and we can also use indoor greenhouse and building cleaning help.

We need people to bake for the Cupcake Cafe

Please drop off items that you have baked at the Demo Garden by 12pm on the day of the Fair, Sunday, May 21. Please email Magali Felix @ if you have any questions and to let her know what you are baking or donating.

• Cupcakes – children love decorations especially faces!
• Brownies – one large or two small one per pack
• Scones – a delight for adults
• Cookies – 2 to 4 per pack depending on size
• Cakes – Sliced and individually packed
• Breads – 1 to 2 slices per pack depending on size
Most important – Anything containing nuts/peanuts must be labeled. Last year we placed all donations containing nuts in a separate section.

All donated goods must be delivered the morning of the fair by 12:00 pm.

We need more coolers and ice donated this year for our Cupcake café, and we also need these items for our morning refreshments. Please bring your own lunch for the afternoon- there is NO food vendor this year.

Joanne Krueger – 908-313-2734

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Fair Meeting-Wed@7:30pm, Days Open & Items Needed

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Committees & Projects, News and Events, SpringFair, The Gardens

The Spring Fair orientation meeting is this Wednesday night at 7:30pm at the RCE office in Westfield.
Everyone volunteering at the Fair is encouraged to attend. We will review everything from soup to nuts and this is a great time to ask questions.
Refreshments will be served (iced tea and cookies)
We will be open these days and can use help continuing the set-up and getting the gardens ready:
Thursday, 9am – until 1pm
Friday, 8:30am to approx. 3pm (if you are coming later than 11am, call or text my cell to see if we are finishing early)
Saturday, 8:30am – 5pm
The MG member plant pre-sale is Saturday from 1pm- 3pm
Sunday the Garden will be open by 7am

Items needed for the Fair:
Gardening Odds and Ends needed – Please bring your donations this Thursday, May 18 to the Demo Garden. We will be open at 9:00am and closing at 1pm. We appreciate everyone’s donations, but all items must be clean, new or gently used and received by Saturday, May 20 – the day before the Fair.

House plants accepted until Saturday, May 20. Please label them. We have labels in the greenhouse for your use.

Boxes – all types-bring the weekend of the Fair – WE NEED 400 BOXES – If everyone just brought 4 boxes with them on Sunday we would have all the boxes we need. (Boxes should be stored in clear plastic bags and stored next to the building under the overhang- we have plastic bags at the demo garden on the kitchen counter for the boxes)

Baked goodies for our Cupcake cafe
Coolers with ice for our MG coffee break refreshments and the Cupcake Café
Pump pots or thermal carafes for the MG break and Cupcake Café
Canopies and Market Umbrellas and sturdy stands
Shepherd Hooks for hanging baskets (mark with your name or tape)
Card or Folding Tables (mark with your name)

Thanks so much for your help in keeping our gardens beautiful and making the Spring Garden Fair a huge success!
Joanne Krueger
908-313-2734 – cell

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MG-Pre-Plant Sale information

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Committees & Projects, News and Events, SpringFair, The Gardens

We will again make annuals available during the Master Gardener Pre Plant Sale, held Saturday afternoon May 20, from 1-3pm at the Dmo Garden. However, we need your help to make it a success. The spring plant sale is profitable when we sell out so we must order carefully. If you are interested in purchasing annuals at the pre-sale please send me an email of the type of plant and approximate number (entire flat, a six pack, 4 inch pot) that you plan to purchase. We have the typical assortment of annuals including begonia, ageratum, alyssum, petunia, marigolds, salvia, snapdragons and zinnia. We will be using your requests for rough ordering purposes only.  There will be no holds on the day of the sale. Please send your order requests to by Monday, May 8th.

Please note – due to the downy mildew problems expected again this year on Impatiens walleriana, we won’t be offering these plants for sale again this year. Popular replacements that are not affected are New Guinea impatiens, big leaf begonia and coleus. We will have a large selection of all these fine plants available to Master Gardeners and the public.

And Please start saving boxes for the Fair and bring them to the Demo Garden the weekend of the Fair.

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Last weekend for Plant Donations

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Committees & Projects, News and Events, SpringFair, The Gardens

The Demo Garden will be open this weekend (May 6 and 7) from 9:00am until 12:00pm for plant sale donations. We can use help pulling up the perennial pots we wintered over last fall, cleaning them up and pricing them for the plant sale. We will also be potting up, labeling and pricing any donated plants that come in this weekend. Anyone coming with plants to be potted up, please arrive by 11:00am so we may finish at 12pm.

The Garden will also be open these days (besides our usual Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Saturday, May 13 – 8:30am – 12:00pm – setting up the wood tables and moving all the perennials

Friday, May 19 – 9:00am until approx. 3:00pm – setting up

Saturday May 20 – 8:30am – 5:00pm – setting up, nursery deliveries, member pre-sale

Sunday, May 21 – Spring Garden Fair Day – open by 7:00am!

We had a wonderful turnout last weekend, and potted, inventoried and priced over 400 plants. With everyone’s help, we can easily accomplish a tremendous amount of work in a few hours. Any questions contact Joanne Krueger at 908-313-2734 or

Thank you for your help with our Spring Garden Fair and keeping our garden beautiful – Joanne

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