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“Treasure Our Trees” the 2017 State Master Gardener Conference Oct 7, 2017

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Hope you are enjoying the summer.

When fall arrives and the leaves are changing color, what a perfect time to “Treasure Our Trees,” which happens to be the theme of this year’s Annual State Master Gardener conference! This year during the state MG program’s  “Awards for Excellence” ceremony,  we will be honoring Mary Krauss with the individual award for excellence and the Gardening with Children committee for the team award for excellence.

The conference is on Saturday, October 7 at the Cook Campus Center at Rutgers University.  A link to the program information is below.

2017 RMGANJ Reg Form

You have 2 options to register, one is to use the online registration the other is to print the form and mail it to the NJAES Office of Continuing Education with a check or credit card information.  I suggest registering soon, as this event often fills to room capacity.

Hope to see you there – it’s a great way to meet Master Gardeners from around the state.


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Volunteer Hours

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in News and Events

Ladies & Gents, it is that time! With the Pin Party coming up on September 19, 2017, I need all your hours through the end of August 2017. I thought I’d start bugging you early as I do put a lot of information together before that deadline, so I have a better idea as to who might be close to an award level. That’s when I can then bug you to put in a few more hours to make that level. We also use these reported hours for Madeline’s Rutgers reports! So they are not just for recognition, they are important statistics!!!
Start getting them together for me – you do not need to repeat/copy what you have already reported, I’ve recorded all of that.
So that’s the heads up everyone – start sending me those hours! Lots to coordinate before the party, the earlier I have everything together, the less you’ll hear from me!!!!

Thanks for all of your help over these last few years! This is the last Pin Party I get to coordinate and attend before my retirement on Oct 31, 2017!

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Volunteer Opportunities at our “Vegetable Gardening Series” Lectures

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners:

This summer we are having our first evening Vegetable Community Gardening Series Lecture at our Sharing Garden. We had our first program on June 22 with Tom Mulligan lecturing on Starting a Vegetable / Community Garden.

The programs will start at 6pm and people will park in the main Trailside Parking Lot. We’ll gather outside the TMA classroom. The classroom is in the building where the bathrooms are, closest to the demo garden and amphitheater.  We’ll take the group into the Sharing Garden via the back demo garden gate from 6:00 -6:45, than we will be using the TMA classroom for the Power Point Lecture.  We should be done by 8:00 to get everyone out of the parking lot by dark.

I have attached the flyer for the program.

Rutgers Vegetable Gardening Series

The dates/speakers are:

Tuesday, July 25 –“Keeping Pests Out of the Garden” Madeline DiNardo and Jackie Park Albaum

Wednesday , August 9 “Harvesting and Food Safety” Dennis Lenahan

Thursday Sept 7 Composting – Dennis Lenahan

For each evening, we will need Master Gardeners to help with the program. Here are some of the opportunities:

Parking Lot Greeter

Registration (people signing in) and helping distribute handouts & pre/post quizzes

Tour Guides – we can meet before the program to plan the tour highlights

I could also use clerical help in the office to put together program handouts.

If you would like to volunteer at any of the programs, please sign up at:

This link should bring you to a sign-up sheet. If you have trouble getting on the sign up page, or would prefer to just mail me back what day(s) / and job you would like to help with, that would be fine.



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