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MG Picnic This Weekend – June 22 !

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 in News and Events

Annual Master Gardener Friends and Family Picnic at the Demo Garden

SATURDAY, JUNE 22 – 2PM  –  Rain date – Sunday, June 23

PLEASE RSVP As Soon As Possible!

 

Time to kick back and relax!

Come and enjoy the gardens and the company of other Master Gardeners. A great day to reconnect with Master Gardeners you know, and meet new ones! Your family or friends are invited to join you. (We’d love to meet them also) The Garden Committee will provide burgers, hot dogs and beverages. Please bring an appetizer, salad or dessert and a lawn chair to sit on. We also need a few “Grilling Masters” who love to cook and a few people to shop and help set up and clean up.

 

RSVP To Ann Burgmeyer – 908-578-1068

Or via email: annburgmeyer@yahoo.com

To let her know what you are bringing and if you can help.

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Union County Master Gardener ‘June’ Newsletter

Posted by on Jun 7, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Please see attached June newsletter.

June 2019 MG Newsletter

 

Best Regards,

Tamisha Hopkins

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REMINDER: It’s Not too Late to Trade in Those Invasive Plants! Plant Swap Tomorrow (Thursday June 6) at Demo Garden

Posted by on Jun 5, 2019 in News and Events

It’s a nice day to be out weeding any invasive plants that may have dared to grow on your property!  You can bring them to the County Parks “Plant Swap Program”  tomorrow night, Thursday June 6, from 5:30 – 8 pm at the demonstration garden.  You will receive a native plant courtesy of the county. There will be tours focusing on  strategies for removing invasive species and ideas for native plants to incorporate into the home landscape. Please see the flyer below:

Plant Swap Shop flyer

If you would like to volunteer to help with this event please arrive at 5 pm.

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Demonstration Garden Docents Sought

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in News and Events

Demonstration Garden Docents Needed!

The Union County Master Gardeners are starting a Docent Program for the Demonstration Garden at Trailside. This new project is in cooperation with Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

The idea is to have Master Gardener Docents who can give tours to garden clubs and other community organizations who are interested in visiting our beautiful gardens. The Docents would also have the opportunity to volunteer at Reeves Reed Arboretum. In addition to receiving Master Gardener volunteer hours, volunteers who give tours at the Arboretum would be eligible to receive a complimentary Arboretum membership, after 12 hours of volunteer activity.

Want to be a part of this new and exciting project? There are a couple of ways to get involved:
1. We are looking for volunteers who enjoy doing plant research, to write a “script” for the docents to use as background information, about the garden, when giving the tours.

2. We are also looking for Master Gardeners who would like to be tour guides. We will have a training program at Trailside for the docents, sometime in the near future.

If you are interested, please contact Althea Llewellyn, by email or text at AltheaL746@gmail.com, 908-720-4330 or Madeline Flahive DiNardo, mflahive@ucnj.org, 908-654-9854 ext. 4

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Ash Tree Survey Team Gearing Up for Summer 2019 – Join Us June 4

Posted by on May 31, 2019 in Continuing Education, Current Class, Messages, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners

We will be continuing our Ash Tree Survey of Union County Parks this summer to help the county develop a management plan for the Emerald Ash Borer.  Last summer a team of Master Gardeners, 4-H Master Tree Stewards and Environmental Stewards located 741 Ash Trees in 7 county parks.

We will be starting this year’s survey with a training/refresher class on Tuesday June 4 from 9:30 am – 12 noon at Trailside Nature and Science Center in one of the classrooms.  2.5 CEU’s will be offered.  No need to register, just join us on Tuesday morning at the Trailside Nature and Science Center. (452 New Providence Road, Mountainside)

New volunteers are welcome to join.  We will be surveying parks on Tuesday mornings this summer.  If you would like to volunteer for this project, but cannot attend on Tuesday, let me know mflahive@ucnj.org.

Madeline

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Post event sales to Master Gardeners

Posted by on May 20, 2019 in News and Events

Congratulations everyone, Fair attendance was 1,098 people.

Post Event Plant Sales:

We have a small amount of flowering annual plants leftover that we cannot return to the nursery. They are in our greenhouse and we will be open this Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00am. Please be sure not to take the plants for the Sharing Garden, Annex, Cutting Garden or Herb Garden – they are clearly marked.

Annual flowers in the greenhouse are 30% off -$2.00 for a 6 pack, we have 2 hanging baskets of petunias, they are $18.00 each. We have a few Sunpatiens left over – they are $3.00 each.

Tomatoes or Eggplant in peat pots are $1.50 each.

There are free houseplants, canna bulbs, elephant ear bulbs, and chevril, cardoon, fennel herbs in the greenhouse- also clearly marked.

Our MG donated perennials are on the one back table in our outdoor potting area, and they are $1.00 each (to cover the cost of soil) The green and white hosta are NOT for sale.

Sales are on the honor system, and the money can either be sent to the Treasurer, Teresa Gibbons, or can be given to Joanne and I will get it to Terry.
Thanks for all your hard work, Joanne

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Ticks and Insects of Interest Training Program June 19 at Rutgers Busch Campus

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

On Wednesday June 19 there will be a free Rutgers Cooperative Extension training program on “Ticks and Other Insects of Interest”  for volunteer Master Gardeners at the Rutgers Busch Campus Student Center in Piscataway.   Pre-registration is required and bring a bag lunch.  Here is the program announcement:

Rutgers MG Training June 19 2019 Program Registration

This program is eligible for 4 CEU’s.

Hope to see you there!

Madeline

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Master Gardener ‘May’ Newsletter

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

Please see attached May newsletter.

May 2019 MG Newsletter

Best Regards,

Tamisha

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Demo garden open this weekend – plant donations, kick-off meeting & Wild earth Fest

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in Committees & Projects, News and Events, SpringFair, The Gardens

All of a sudden – it’s very busy with all good things at our beautiful Demonstration Garden!

Saturday, April 27 – Demo Garden open from 9am – 2:30pm

Sat 9am -12pm – Plant Sale donations

Sat 12pm – 2:30pm – Plant Sale committee kickoff meeting – all are welcome to attend (refreshments at 12pm- meeting starts at 12:30pm – concludes at 2:30pm

Sunday, April 28 – Demo Garden open from 9am – 5pm

Sun 9am -12pm – Plant Sale donations

Sun 11am – 5pm – Wild Earth Fest

The Demo Garden will be open starting this weekend (April 27 and 28) from 9:00am until 12:00pm for plant sale donations. We can use help digging perennials out of the garden, dividing, potting up, mixing potting soil and labeling. Anyone coming with plants to be potted up, please arrive by 11:00am so we may finish at 12pm.

We are also holding our plant sale committee kickoff meeting on Saturday, April 27. Refreshments are at 12:00pm with the meeting starting at 12:30pm. We will be done by 2:30pm. All are welcome to attend.

Please note: Wild Earth Fest is this Sunday at Trailside. The event opens to the public at 11:00am. If you are bringing plants on Sunday, please arrive before 11:00am, or you may encounter difficulties getting down to the garden. The Demo Garden will be open during Wild Earth Fest until 5pm.

We will also be open next weekend (May 4 and 5) from 9am until 12pm accepting plant donations.

Open besides usual Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-12pm

Saturday, May 4 – 9am – 12pm – plant donations

Sunday, May 5 – 9am – 12pm – plant donations

Saturday, May 11 – 8:30am – 12pm – setting up- moving the wood tables, and moving our donated perennials

Friday, May 17 – 9am until approx. 2pm – setting up

Saturday May 18 – 8:30am – 5pm

Sunday, May 19 – Spring Garden Fair Day – open by 7:00am!

Thank you for your donations and help. Any questions contact Joanne Krueger at 908-313-2734

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Demo garden open this weekend-plant donations, kickoff meeting and Wild earth Fest

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in Committees & Projects, News and Events, SpringFair, The Gardens

All of a sudden – it’s very busy with all good things at our beautiful Demonstration Garden!

Saturday, April 27 – Demo Garden open from 9am – 2:30pm

Sat 9am -12pm – Plant Sale donations

Sat 12pm – 2:30pm – Plant Sale committee kickoff meeting – all are welcome to attend (refreshments at 12pm- meeting starts at 12:30pm – concludes at 2:30pm

Sunday, April 28 – Demo Garden open from 9am – 5pm

Sun 9am -12pm – Plant Sale donations

Sun 11am – 5pm – Wild Earth Fest

The Demo Garden will be open starting this weekend (April 27 and 28) from 9:00am until 12:00pm for plant sale donations. We can use help digging perennials out of the garden, dividing, potting up, mixing potting soil and labeling. Anyone coming with plants to be potted up, please arrive by 11:00am so we may finish at 12pm.

We are also holding our plant sale committee kickoff meeting on Saturday, April 27. Refreshments are at 12:00pm with the meeting starting at 12:30pm. We will be done by 2:30pm. All are welcome to attend.

Please note: Wild Earth Fest is this Sunday at Trailside. The event opens to the public at 11:00am. If you are bringing plants on Sunday, please arrive before 11:00am, or you may encounter difficulties getting down to the garden. The Demo Garden will be open during Wild Earth Fest until 5pm.

We will also be open next weekend (May 4 and 5) from 9am until 12pm accepting plant donations.

Also open (besides usual Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-12pm)

Saturday, May 4 – 9am – 12pm – plant donations

Sunday, May 5 – 9am – 12pm – plant donations

Saturday, May 11 – 8:30am – 12pm – setting up- moving the wood tables, and moving our donated perennials

Friday, May 17 – 9am until approx. 2pm – setting up

Saturday May 18 – 8:30am – 5pm

Sunday, May 19 – Spring Garden Fair Day – open by 7:00am!

Thank you for your donations and help. Any questions contact Joanne Krueger at 908-313-2734

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Continuing Education Meeting on Wednesday April 17th at 7:30 pm

Posted by on Apr 12, 2019 in News and Events

Please join us for our monthly Continuing Education Meeting on Wednesday April 17th at 7:30 pm at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Ave. East, 2nd Floor, Westfield.

What’s Growing in the Berry Patch, and it’s not just Berries!

Before he retired, Fred Taylor was a financial analyst who worked for Chemical Bank, Ogden Corp and an Import Export company. In 2006 he became a Master Gardener, and started the Berry Patch. The Patch also includes early tomato boxes and composting.

Fred enjoys gardening and experimenting with plants.

In the Berry Patch there are usually a number of experiments that are on going. Learn about the benefits of the fruits of the garden.

RSVP to Tina Helmstetter at tinamac208@gmail.com. You are welcome to bring a friend.

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Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County April Newsletter

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

Please see attached April newsletter.

April 2019 MG Newsletter

Best Regards,

Tamisha

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Docent Training at Reeves-Reed Arboretum on Wednesday, April 10th @ 9:30 am

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in News and Events

Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit is hosting a Docent training on April 10th, starting at 9:30 am, in the Wisner House. Docents are trained volunteers who lead casual, informative group tours of the gardens.

The Union County Master Gardeners will be collaborating with Reeves-Reed Arboretum to create a similar Docent program for the Demonstration Garden. Please join us to hear about this new collaboration.

Also, volunteering as a Docent counts toward Union County Master Gardeners, annual volunteer commitment.

If you are interested in attending, or have any questions, please contact Trish Cassin at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, t.cassin@reeves-reedarboretum.org, 908.273.8787 x 1616

Refreshments will be provided, and there is parking on site at the Arboretum.
If the lot is full, street parking is on the side of Hobart Avenue, across from the Arboretum, (toward town, away from route 24).

Look forward to seeing you in the garden!

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The Executive Board is Currently Accepting Nominations for our Wesley Philo Award

Posted by on Mar 31, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

The Executive Board is currently accepting nominations for our Wesley Philo Award for Volunteer Excellence. This award is named in honor of our first MG President, Wesley Philo. Wes Philo, was an active volunteer and leader with many organizations, in addition to the Master Gardeners of Union County.

In 2009 the Union County Executive Board created this award to recognize one individual in our Master Gardener organization. Presented annually, to a volunteer who best exemplifies excellence in volunteerism, and dedication to the Master Gardeners of Union County through their actions, commitment, and loyalty.

Nominees must exemplify the spirit of community service, demonstrate exceptional commitment, service or leadership, and serve as role models for others in their community and “Inspire By Example.”

Eligibility: Certified active master Gardener
with a minimum of 500 volunteer hours to the MG program. The list of eligible MGers with 500 hours of service is at the end of this article.

Previous recipients were: 2009 thru 2018
2009 Walter Pommnitz 2010 Larry Verdicchio 2011 Joanne Krueger 2012 Katherine Sabatino 2013 Cindy Coppa 2014 Caryl Hannemann 2015 TJ Karns 2016 James Keane 2017 Ruth Yablonsky 2018 Mary Krauss

Nomination Process: Any fellow Master Gardener in good standing, Master Gardener Committee Heads, Executive Board Members, RCE staff, or the County Agent, may submit nominations.
To nominate an individual, please complete a “Wesley Philo Award for Volunteer Excellence Nomination Form.” Fill out a separate form for each volunteer nominated. Please be sure to provide all information requested.

Please click on the link for Wesley Philo Nomination Form:
Nomination-Form-Wesley-Philo-Award

Deadline for Submissions:
Please send your completed forms by May 30, 2019
To Althea Llewellyn
Master Gardeners of Union County-President
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
300 North Avenue East
Westfield, NJ 07090
Or email to AltheaL746@gmail.com

Eligible Master Gardeners:
DOLORES BATZ-CULP
MARGARET BEACH
DEBORAH BERMAN
RICHARD BOTTINO
MARLENE BOYD
DORIS CHAMBERLAIN
NORMA COHEN
CHRISTINE DEC
KATHRYN DEFILLIPO
DEBORAH DI MAGGIO
STACEY DRAPER
SHIRLEY DREW
BARBARA GIGON
RENATE GORDON
JOANN GORNOWSKI
IRENE GREENSTEIN
RICHARD GREENSTEIN
IRENE GROTTANO
ERIC HAMBERG
ALFRED HANNEMANN
NANCY HAYES
LINDA HENRY
WILLIAM HOPKINS
JOAN HORN
KENNETH ILGAVIZIS
JEAN KAHAN
MARY KENT
MARY KRAUSS
JOYCE LAUDISE
RICHARD LEISTER
PATRICIA LEONARD
HELEN LUECKE
ROBERT MAISANO
JANE MANNIELLO
CAROL MARQUARDT
CHARLOTTE MELING
TERTIA MOORE
BRIDGET MRACEK
KAREN MULVIHILL
DEBRA NAHA
DR. JANE NORTON
SHARON PRYOR
DAVID REGAL
MARY ROBERTS
DENISE ROTHSTEIN
ROSEMARY SHIRE
SERENA SMITH
MARY STEWART
DEAN TALCOTT
FRED TAYLOR
SUSAN THOMSON
CAROL WALCZUK
LORRAINE WALLACE
LAURIE WESTRA
JANICE WHITNEY
JOAN WITTERSCHEIN
RUTH YABLONSKY

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Reminder: MG Communication Meeting , Wednesday, March 27th at 7 pm

Posted by on Mar 24, 2019 in News and Events

The MG Communication meeting for all Committee heads and the Executive Board is this Wednesday, March 27th, starting at 7 pm in the Rutgers Cooperative Extension building, Westfield NJ.

Please plan to attend to discuss the activities of your committees and any concerns.

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Reminder: Continuing Education Meeting Tomorrow Evening, 7:30 pm @ RCE

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in News and Events

Want to learn more about Bonsai? Join us tomorrow evening, March 20th @ 7:30 pm for a delightful talk given by Bonsai expert, Mike Humphrey entitled: A Passionate Look At The World Of Bonsai. Location RCE building, 2nd floor. Bring a friend, and meet the expert. See you there!

Please RSVP by emailing TinaMac208@gmail.com

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Continuing Education Meeting on Wednesday, March 20 @7:30 PM

Posted by on Mar 11, 2019 in Continuing Education

Please join us for our Continuing Education Meeting, Wednesday March 20, 2019, 7:30-9 in the RCE Meeting Room, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ 07090.

A Passionate Look At The World Of Bonsai

Mike Humphrey has been doing bonsai for about 40 years, as a hobbyist and a professional. His passion started in England where he is from, and where he was heavily involved in the bonsai scene, being on the boards of many clubs and societies, both as board member and President. Mike worked as the head Stylist for quite a few years in one of the largest bonsai wholesale nurseries, Kyoto bonsai in Knutsford, Cheshire. He showed his trees throughout Europe and The USA and have had his trees accepted to the US National bonsai exhibition bi-annually for last 10 years. His most recent tree will be on the cover of International Bonsai, coming out in September. The same tree will be included in an International book by the famous artist Robert Steven of Indonesia.

Mike has given talks on bonsai all over Britain and was a demonstrator at the Joy of Bonsai Celebration in Bath, England. Although he doesn’t give a lot of talks these days, he is still very active in the US bonsai scene being on board of the Mid Atlantic Bonsai societies. His plan is to bring a few trees and discuss more advanced techniques with some basic bonsai knowledge and try and give a sense to what makes good bonsai and how to achieve that.

You are welcome to bring a guest for this event! RSVP and send questions you would like covered by emailing TinaMac208@gmail.com

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Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County March Newsletter

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Please see attached March newsletter.

March 2019 MG Newsletter

 

Best Regards,

Tamisha

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Spring Continuing Education Programs

Posted by on Mar 4, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners:

Here is our spring listing of programs that have been approved for continuing education credits, or you may be interested in attending.

Spring CEUs 2019

Thanks to Tina Helmstetter for compiling the list.  If you have suggestions for future listings, please email the information to Tina at Tinamac208@gmail.com.

Remember, there are also free continuing education events offered here at the RCE office including our Monthly meetings and Master Gardener classes as well as workshops at our Demonstration Gardens.

Madeline

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Executive Board Seeks Two State Representative Alternates:

Posted by on Mar 2, 2019 in News and Events

The MG Executive Board is seeking 2 individuals to serve as State Representative Alternates.

Representatives serve as liaisons between the State Master Gardeners Association and the Union County Master Gardeners, reporting the State activities and business to the Executive Board at its meetings.

Appointed for a two-year term, representatives need to be Certified Active Master Gardeners (CAMG) and be willing to attend Rutgers Master Gardeners Association of New Jersey (RMGANJ) monthly meetings,(except January and February), usually held on the 2nd Thursdays of the month @ 10 am , at Rutgers Cook Campus in New Brunswick.

This is a unique opportunity, and if interested, please contact RMGUC President, Althea Llewellyn, by email – AltheaL746@gmail.com, or by text – 908 720 4330.

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