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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. https://tinyurl.com/y8svzm5h

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 Altheal746@gmail.com 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: https://tinyurl.com/y8svzm5h

 

 

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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

thopkins@ucnj.org

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.

 President:       

  • 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

Historian:

  • 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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Reminder: HOLIDAY PARTY TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 7:00 PM

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Class Events, News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

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

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

**A donation of an unwrapped gift for a child and/or a can good for those less fortunate 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:  annburgmeyer@yahoo.com.  Or leave a phone message at 908-273-2357.

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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
HAPPY HOLIDAYS PARTY

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:  annburgmeyer@yahoo.com.  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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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.

SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
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: TinaMac208@gmail.com

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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Thank you!

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in News and Events

Thank you all so much for the sweet cards and blessings for my little new addition, baby Messiah.

I appreciate your support during this special time in my life and it feels good to know you’re thinking of us.

Many Thanks!

Love

-Tamisha

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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.

SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
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. TinaMac208@gmail.com

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

 

Enjoy!

Madeline

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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!

Madeline

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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 TinaMac208@gmail.com

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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:   Tinamac208@gmail.com.  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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