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

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Continuing Education

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 creationand 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 1987-2008 at Daub’s Garden Center in Lebanon NJ. Starting working 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 Cranford Tree Advisory Board, reintroducing native plants into the urban gardens, finding 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 in 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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November Newsletter

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners:

Fall has arrived and so it’s time for our  November Newsletter!  Please see information on the front page regarding our November Monthly meeting – new date: November 28, after the Thanksgiving Holiday and the Annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 4.

Nov 2018 MG Newsletter




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Congratulations Tamisha!

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Good news! Tamisha Hopkins, our office manager, had a baby boy, Messiah, on Saturday.  All the best to Tamisha and her family!


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Correction: Next MG Communications Meeting is on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in News and Events

The next meeting of all Committee Chairs and the Executive Board will be held at 7 pm, Tuesday, October 23, in the meeting room of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ.  Everyone is invited to attend and discuss any concerns.

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Next MG Communications Meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in News and Events

The next meeting of all Committee Chairs and the Executive Board will be held at 7 pm, Tuesday, October 23, in the meeting room of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ.  Everyone is invited to attend and discuss any concerns.

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Director of Horticulture at Reeves Reed Arboretum to Speak at Continuing Education Meeting

Posted by on Oct 4, 2018 in News and Events

A Horticultural History of Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Please join us for our continuing education meeting, October 17 at 7:30, in the RCE Meeting Room, 300 North Ave East, Westfield 

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, located in Summit, New Jersey, seems at first glance to be a typical estate-turned-public-garden, examples of which can be found throughout New Jersey, and in fact, throughout the United States.  But there are bits and pieces of arboretum’s history that bear closer examination, especially those bits which reflect on the larger history of gardening in the United States.  Marc Montefusco, Director of Horticulture at RRA, will recount the most interesting and relevant parts of the property’s history, with a special emphasis on ornamental horticulture and the people who practiced it

For over twenty years, Marc has been working with plants and gardens in the retail environment, for private clients, and on extensive estates. College courses in botany and taxonomy had helped kindle his life-long interest in plants and gardening techniques, resulting along the way in obsessions with orchids, bonsai, apple culture, bamboo, and ornamental landscaping.  In 2000, Marc qualified for entry into the Frederick County Master Gardener program and began taking on private horticultural clients.  He eventually helped teach subsequent Master Gardener classes, and delivered numerous talks and workshops for groups throughout the county.  Part-time jobs became a fulltime occupation, culminating in his establishment of a specialty garden center and nursery in rural Middletown, Maryland.  In 2007, Marc moved to Long Island to become head gardener at a historic North Shore estate, featuring an Olmsted-designed landscape. In 2010, he became property manager of a much larger Hudson Valley estate, featuring extensive ornamental and production gardens, livestock, and a modern greenhouse complex.  He worked for a major wholesale nursery in one of their busiest markets, was staff horticulturalist at a private golf and country club, and in 2014 became Director of Horticulture at Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

You are welcome to bring a friend. Please RSVP to Tina Helmstetter at

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October Master Gardener Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 4, 2018 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Please see the ‘October 2018 Master Gardeners Newsletter’ link below:

Oct 2018 MG Newsletter

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Continuing Ed Events Fall 2018

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

One of the requirements for maintaining your status as an active Master Gardener is to attend 10 hours of continuing education over the calendar year, starting the January after you graduate from the MG class.  So, Master Gardeners who graduated in Spring of 2018, would start to keep track of their continuing education hours starting the 2019 calendar year.  MG students currently enrolled in the class, are not required to participate in continuing education programs until after January of 2020.   New class members are welcome at programs.

Many programs that are approved for continuing education credits are free of charge.  Please do not feel that you have to pay for continuing education credits.  Some examples of free programs are our monthly meetings, joining us for MG class on Tuesday mornings, and workshops at our demonstration garden.  Tina Helmstetter is our continuing education chair.  If you have a program you think may qualify for continuing education please provide Tina with the information such as date, time, place, speaker and program description to have it added to the list:  Tina collates a list of programs, Madeline assigns CEU credits.  Not all programs qualify for CEUs.

Here are some upcoming events this fall you may be interested in. (Please note) that not all programs are approved for CEU’s, but you might be interested in attending)


Continuing Ed Events Fall 2018

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Special App for RMGANJ State Conference Attendees

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in News and Events

                                                 Pam Burton, Lisa Chiariello, and myself will be giving a Native Plants Lecture at the RMGANJ State Conference on October 6th 2018.  Our goal is to make the presentation interactive, by facilitating audience participation through a phone app.  The app can also be used on any electronic device such as ipads, laptops, etc.   Please forward this your master gardeners.
We would like all master gardeners going who enjoy playing with their phones to download “Poll Everywhere” (free) from their app store.    The app can also be used on any electronic device such as iPad, laptops, etc
The presentation user name is “rebeccaszkot776”.    Lisa will be on hand at the registration desk the day of the conference to help MGs set it up on their phone as well.  Once you download the app, you will see these easy directions below:


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Posted by on Sep 30, 2018 in News and Events

In December of this year the terms of the following officers end:  Richard Leister, president; Althea Llewellyn, first vice president; Carol Walczuk, historian; and Linda Henry, recording secretary.

Candidates are being sought for all these positions.   If you are a certified, active master gardener (CAMG) in good standing and would like to submit your name or another CAMG’s name for consideration, please contact a member of the Nominations Committee:

NOTE: According to our bylaws, nominations will not be called/taken from the floor.  Our bylaws can be found under the Forms and FAQS  page  at

Qualifications and responsibilities for these positions are in the bylaws, which are also available on the above website.  Criteria include:

Any candidate for office must

  1.  Be a CAMG in good standing
  2. Support the mission of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the RMGUC.
  3. Display, support and encourage positive attitudes in volunteering.
  4. Attend required RMGUC meetings.
  5. Maintain annual certification requirements (required hours and CEU’s)

Please note that some candidates have already been nominated, and this is simply a call for nominations. The deadline for submitting names (applying for consideration for these positions) is November 20, 2018.

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Invasive Plant Strike Force training- Sunday, Oct. 7

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Continuing Education, News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello all,

This ‘Invasive Plant Strike Force’ training will count as Continuing Education hours.

Please see below:


striketeamtraining halfpage

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Demo Garden open this weekend

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in Committees & Projects, News and Events, SpringFair, The Gardens

Demo Garden open Saturday September 29, 2018 – 9 am – 12 pm for plant donations

The Demo Garden will be open this Saturday, Sept 29 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.

Demo Garden open during Rockin the Reservation (previously Harvest Festival) – Sunday, September 30, 2018 – 11 am – 5 pm, Rain or Shine

Master Gardener will be staffing a table at the entrance to our garden during this event. meeting and greeting the public, and giing out some brochures on the Master Gardener program. We will also be offering free Children’s Activities – helping the children pot up baby plants to take home and making bird feeders,

Contact Joanne Krueger or 908-313-2734 if you have any questions. Thank you for your help keeping our garden beautiful

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Reminder: Registration for the Master Gardener State Conference is Open

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in News and Events

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Lost and Found: MG Pin Party

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in News and Events

There was a black jacket left behind after the Master Gardener Pin Party. September 16. If anyone is missing a black jacket that was brought to the Pin Party, please contact:

Tamisha Hopkins

908-654-9854 ext. 2

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New Community Beautification Project – Chatfield Garden in Warinanco Park

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in News and Events

Help is needed at the Chatfield Garden in Warinanco Park, located in Roselle/Linden/Elizabeth.  Assistance is needed with garden maintenance such as weeding, deadheading, and removal of excess perennials that have spread beyond their allotted space.


Master Gardener Cindy Coppa works in the garden on Thursday mornings and will direct volunteers regarding maintenance priorities and demonstrate “how-to” if needed.  If you are interested in working on this project, please contact Cindy at 908-906-6386.  Call or text.


Work will continue until the end of the season (end of November or early December) and will resume in April. Master Gardener volunteers can work on other days of the week after becoming familiar with the garden.  Excess perennials that are removed can be used for the MG spring fair fundraiser.  This should be coordinated with Joanne Krueger and the demo garden schedule.  Plant removal can only happen when Cindy Coppa ispresent.


The Chatfield garden’s beds form a very large octagon and were originally designed by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, the “Father of Landscape Architecture.”  It is presently a perennial

garden and still a work in progress.


To get to the garden:  The address for Warinanco Park is Park Drive, Roselle NJ  07203. Enter the park on St. Georges Ave./Park Ave., (across from Park 27 Diner) bear right around the lake and over asmall bridge.  Turn into first parking lot on left.   The garden sits back

from the lot, surrounded by a Yew hedge.


Here is a map of the park.

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Photos from Master Gardener Pin Party on September 16, 2018

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in News and Events

The following link should take you to a website with photos of the pin party:

If you hover the mouse over a photo and right-click, you should have the option to save or copy the image.

Thanks to Ann Burgmeyer and everyone who helped organize, set up and clean up.

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Friendly Reminder: Master Gardener “Pin Party” Sunday, September 16

Posted by on Sep 6, 2018 in News and Events

If you haven’t already, please RSVP for the ‘Pin Party’ as soon as possible to Tamisha Hopkins at 908-654-9854 or

Please remember that you are more than welcome to bring a guest.

See you there!

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Master Gardener “Pin Party” Is Set for Sunday, September 16

Posted by on Aug 25, 2018 in News and Events

This year the Master Gardener recognition party will be on Sunday, September 16 at 3pm. We will be celebrating our 30th year anniversary at the Presbyterian Church, Assembly Hall, 140 Mountain Ave., Westfield.

RSVP by September 10 to Tamisha Hopkins: or 908-654-9854.

Any one wishing to help with set up or clean up can call or email Ann Burgmeyer:  or 908-273-2357. We will probably be setting up after 1:30  pm, and clean up should be less than an hour after the conclusion of events.
Hope to see you there!!


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September Newsletter

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Here is our September newsletter.

Sept 2018 MG Newsletter

Hope to see you at our 30th Anniversary “Pin Party” !


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Reminder: Rutgers Master Gardeners NJ State Conference

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in News and Events

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