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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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Soils Lecture

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Just a reminder that tonight’s (Wed Feb 20)  monthly meeting on soils has been cancelled.

Here is the link for the Living Soil film, from the Soil Health Institute. You can watch it at your leisure. It is a one hour film for 1 CEU.

https://livingsoilfilm.com/

FYI, If you would like to test your knowledge,  there are also questions on the lesson plan site for high school students. Questions are on page 6, answers are on page 7.  See how you do!

Madeline and Tina Helmstetter

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Revised MG Class Syllabus

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Continuing Education, Current Class, Messages, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Due some changes in our speaker’s schedules, I have revised the syllabus for the rest of the MG class.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we won’t need to make any more changes!

REVISED 2018-19 Tentative MG Class Syllabus

Madeline

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February 20 Monthly Meeting Cancelled Due to Weather

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Our monthly meeting scheduled for Wednesday February 20 has been cancelled due to the expected inclement weather tomorrow afternoon and evening.  We will be sending out information on how you can view the Soils presentation at your leisure.

Stay safe,

Madeline

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Rutgers Home Gardeners School Reimbursement

Posted by on Feb 17, 2019 in Continuing Education

Are you thinking about attending the Rutgers Home Gardeners School on Saturday, March 23, 2019? If so, you should know that as a certified Union County Master Gardener you qualify for additional discounts. Register by February 28, and your cost is $65 (use Promo code MG2019 with proof of certification).

In addition, any certified Union County Master Gardener who submits proof of registration payment, will receive an additional $15 discount, so the whole day of classes will cost only $50. Mail or drop off your receipt to the Treasurer at the RCE office in Westfield.

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Reminder: Continuing Education Meeting Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Posted by on Feb 17, 2019 in Continuing Education

Please join us for our Continuing Education meeting this Wednesday February 20, 2019, @ 7:30 pm in the RCE Meeting Room, 300 North Ave East, Westfield NJ 07090
We will be watching a documentary from the Soil Health Institute… Living Soil: A Documentary for All of Us!
(Recommended by Rutgers Plant Pest Advisory, Turf Blog)

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Continuing Education Meeting, Wednesday February 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Continuing Education

Please join us for our Continuing Education meeting, Wednesday February 20, 2019, 7:30 pm in the RCE Meeting Room, 300 North Ave East, Westfield NJ 07090
We will be watching a documentary from the Soil Health Institute. Recommended by Rutgers Plant Pest Advisory, Turf Blog.
(This is a clip from the Soil Health Institute. The link to the site is https://livingsoilfilm.com/)

Living Soil: A Documentary for All of Us
Our soils support 95 percent of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years. They filter our water. They are one of our most cost-effective reservoirs for sequestering carbon. They are our foundation for biodiversity. And they are vibrantly alive, teeming with 10,000 pounds of biological life in every acre. Yet in the last 150 years, we’ve lost half of the basic building block that makes soil productive. The societal and environmental costs of soil loss and degradation in the United States alone are now estimated to be as high as $85 billion every single year. Like any relationship, our living soil needs our tenderness. It’s time we changed everything we thought we knew about soil. Let’s make this the century of living soil.

You are welcome to bring a guest for this event. RSVP by emailing TinaMac208@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you.

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Jan/Feb Newsletter

Posted by on Feb 1, 2019 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

Here’s a great read while keeping warm during this cold snap!  So get a cup of hot coffee, tea or hot chocolate and enjoy.

Jan Feb 2019 MG Newsletter

Madeline

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Speaking for the Trees: The Importance of Old-Growth Forests Saturday Feb 2

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Continuing Education, News and Events

BENJAMIN BLACKBURN SCHOLARSHIP LECTURE

Saturday, February 2 (Snow Date: Sunday, February 3)

 

Since 1979, the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum have supported horticultural education through a scholarship named for Dr. Benjamin Blackburn. This year’s Blackburn Lecture speaker is Dr. Joan Maloof. Dr. Maloof’s lecture, Speaking for the Trees: The Importance of Old-Growth Forests, is not only timely but fascinating and incredibly important. Dr. Maloof is Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University and founded the Old-Growth Forest Network to preserve, protect and promote the country’s few remaining stands of old-growth forest. Dr. Maloof spends her time lecturing, writing, visiting forests, assisting private landowners and supporting local groups trying to protect community forests from development.

Dr. Blackburn was a professor of Botany at Drew University. He published many articles and wrote a number of books on gardening as well as being the host of a very popular radio gardening program. He generously shared his vast knowledge and deep love for horticulture with many staff members in the Horticulture Division and with his countless fans, members of the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum and area garden clubs.

Admission fees support the scholarship that is offered to students in the Landscape and Horticultural Technology Program at County College of Morris. This scholarship allows interested students the opportunity to explore the different horticultural, environmental and design studies offered through the accredited CCM program. The increased knowledge the students acquire in the classroom and through hands-on programs at CCM will benefit them as they enter their chosen field in horticulture and landscape design.

A book signing and light refreshments follow the talk.

This program is eligible for 2.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Click our flyer for details and registration.

 

https://www.arboretumfriends.org/events?utm_source=EmailBlast&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Winter19#9547

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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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