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Pin Party- Volunteers Needed for Set-up/ Clean up

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

For those of you attending the Pin Party on September 22, we need volunteers to help Ann Burgmeyer with set-up/ clean up. If you are interested in helping, please contact Ann Burgmeyer or myself to volunteer.

Thank you kindly,

Tamisha Hopkins

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Friendly Reminder: RSVP for the Pin Party

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

This is a Friendly Reminder to RSVP for the Pin Party if you have not already done so. We are finalizing our catering order and need an aproximate headcount.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

Thanks,

Tamisha

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MG Annual Conference at Rutgers – Oct 5 information

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events, Programs

The Annual Master Gardener Conference is on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Cook Student Center in New Brunswick! This annual conference gives all Rutgers Master Gardener (RMG) volunteers from across the state the opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with each other while hearing and learning from noted experts in the wide field of horticulture.

Highlights of the 2019 Annual Conference – How did Climate Change my Garden?

  • Learn from noted experts in the field of horticulture and hear about educational opportunities in the RMGANJ Counties
  • Watch the video of the State Award winners for each county, includes two presentations by International Master Gardener Award Winning Counties
  • Enjoy continental breakfast/coffee and LUNCH IS INCLUDED!
  • Win door prizes
  • Earn 5 CE hours
  • Registration is $45.00 and includes breakfast and lunch
  • Registration closes October 1
  • Poster for the conference link is below
  • Go to this website to register:  www.cpe.rutgers.edu/RMGANJ

PosterRMGANJ-Conference

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Continuing Education Meeting, October 16th, 2019, 7:30 pm @ RCE

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Continuing Education

Please join us Wednesday October 16th, 2019, 7:30-9 pm for our Continuing Education Meeting to be held at the Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Ave East, Westfield NJ, 2nd floor.

Our guest speaker will be James Occi. Topic – “Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases in New Jersey”

Researchers with the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology recently published the first scientific list of tick species confirmed in New Jersey, revealing that there are 11 known types, nine of them indigenous to North America and two invasive, including the recently identified Asian longhorned tick. Writing in the Journal of Medical Entomology, authors James L. Occi, Dina M. Fonseca, and Andrea M. Egizi (GSNB’14) also revealed that there are possibly seven other species present in the state—or will be…

Jim is a recovering microbiologist after 30 years in research at Merck Research labs and New Jersey Medical School. Jim is now working for the New Jersey Department of Health where he is involved in various state-wide surveillance programs. One such program is focused on mosquito surveillance – searching for mosquito-born viruses throughout the state’s mosquito populations. Jim is also assisting in implementing a state-wide tick surveillance program – the first of it’s kind in NJ.

Jim is also a PhD student in the department of Entomology at Rutgers University and wants to be a medical entomologist when he grows up.

You are welcome to bring a guest to this event. Please RSVP by emailing Tina Helmstetter at TinaMac208@gmail.com or text 908-763-6773. Hope to see you soon.

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Pin Party scheduled for Sunday, September 22nd at 3pm

Posted by on Sep 6, 2019 in News and Events

Please join us for the annual Pin Party which recognizes your amazing community volunteerism!

This year the Master Gardener Pin Recognition Party will be held on Sunday,September 22 at 3 pm.
We will be celebrating our 31st year anniversary at the Presbyterian Church, Assembly Hall, 140 Mountain Ave., Westfield.

RSVP by September 16 to Tamisha Hopkins: thopkins@ucnj.org or
908-654-9854.

Any one wishing to help with set up or clean up can call or email Ann
Burgmeyer: annburgmeyer@yahoo.com or 908-273-2357. We will be
setting up @ 1 pm, and clean up should be less than an hour after
the conclusion of events.

Hope to see you there!!

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Master Gardener ‘September’ Newsletter

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Please see attached ‘September’ newsletter.

Final- September 2019 MG Newsletter

 

Best Regards,

Tamisha

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Anna Rigassio ‘Class of 2015’ Memorial

Posted by on Aug 20, 2019 in News and Events

Anna C. Riggassio, Master Gardener Class of 2015 passed away on August 9.  She had a great love of nature and gardening.  A memorial mass will be held at 10:45 am on Wednesday August 21 at Saint Teresa of Avila Church, 306 Morris Avenue, Summit.

 

https://www.ippolitofuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Anna-C-Rigassio?obId=5664298

 

 

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Master Tree Steward Program

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in News and Events

26th Annual 4-H Master Tree Steward Program open enrollment

Interested in Trees? Enjoy Teaching Kids?

This wonderful program is familiar to many of our Master Gardeners who are also Master Tree Stewards.  You may be interested in trying it out and spread the word about it to your friends.  It is a good fit for MG’ers as most of the activity happens during the fall and winter when our gardens are put to bed and we are looking at seed catalogs.

The 4-H Master Tree Steward Program is an enjoyable, educational program for adults. The classes teach about the nature and life of trees. You will learn how trees grow; how to identify them; about their importance to our environment; and fun ways to share this knowledge with children. There are no exams or quizzes. Once trained, you will have opportunities to teach a one-hour program to groups of interested and attentive schoolchildren.

Your commitment is SHORT term, but importance and impact is LONG term

Classes will meet every Wednesday from September 4th to December 11th, 2019. (Except for any holidays that fall on those days). Field trips are included in the program.

Please see the attached flyer for more information and an application or contact James Nichnadowicz  jnichnadowicz@ucnj.org 908-654-9854, x 3

2019-20 Application for MTS Final Copy

MTS flyer (002)

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Herb Garden dedication to Caryl Hannemann on August 29

Posted by on Aug 19, 2019 in News and Events

The Herb Garden Committee would like to invite you to be with us as we  honor our founding member Caryl Hannemann at 10 am on Thursday August 29 at the Herb Garden.  We will dedicate a plaque to Caryl and inaugurate the new bed to be named “Caryl’s Favoritee s.”  A small reception will be hosted by the committee.  Please let us know if you can attend by email to Susan Podolak podolak153@aol.com for planing purposes.

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Friendly Reminder: Please submit hours

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

For those of you who haven’t submitted your 2019 volunteer hours yet, please do so at your earliest convenience. We are preparing for our “Pin Party” and we need your most recent hours to update our database for recognition awards.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.

 

Thank you,

Tamisha Hopkins

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Union County Master Gardener ‘Summer 2019’ Newsletter

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Please see attached ‘Summer 2019’ newsletter.

Summer 2019 MG Newsletter

Best Regards,

Tamisha

 

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Vegetable Gardening Series 2019

Posted by on Jul 12, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

We will be having the evening Vegetable Gardening Series this July & August in the Sharing Garden and Annex on July 22, July 31 and August 15 from 6 pm – 8pm.  We will meet at the TMA room in the old museum building , have a 1 hour tour of the garden focusing on the topic for the evening and then a 1 hour lecture in the TMA room.  Please park in the main Trailside Parking Lot.

The program is open to the public, so please bring friends!  2 CEU’s will be awarded for each program.  Here are the details:

RCE Vegetable Series Flyer 2019

Please be sure to register for the program.  If you would like to volunteer to help with parking, registrations, preparing handouts or assisting with tours, please email Madeline at mflahive@ucnj.org.

Madeline

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Rutgers Master Gardener Apparel Order by July 17

Posted by on Jul 12, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

The State MG Association is offering official Master Gardener Apparel.  Check out the aprons, tee shirts, polo shirts, hats and lanyards that are available for individual purchase at:

https://rutgersmastergardener.allcolorsllc.com/

The website will close for orders on Wednesday July 17.

Madeline

 

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Continuing Ed Opportunities for Summer and Early Fall

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners

Here is a list of upcoming events you may be interested in attending.  Most of the events have been approved for Continuing Education Units (CEU’s). Most tours, culinary classes and hobby related events are not, but you might enjoy for personal interest.  Thanks to Tina Helmstetter for compiling the list.  If you have any events to be considered for our fall CEU list, please send the information to Tina at Tinamac208@gmail.com.

Ceu Summer 2019 – Sheet1

For our recent MG graduates, you do not need to start accumulating CEU’s until January 2020.  Active members, we ask you to accumulate 10 CEU’s during the calendar year.  There are free programs available, such as our monthly MG meetings.

Save the date Saturday October 5 for the State Master Gardener Conference at Rutgers.  This year the conference will feature speakers on climate change, hydroponics and plant diseases.  Stay tuned, details and registration information will be posted at a later date.

Madeline

 

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MG Picnic June 22 Cancelled

Posted by on Jun 20, 2019 in News and Events

 

Due to a low number of RSVP’s for the MG picnic scheduled for Saturday June 22, the event has been cancelled.

 

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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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