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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Native Plant Themed Continuing Ed Happenings!

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

There are two events you may be interested in attending that pertain to using native plants in the home landscape.

The first is on Saturday May 12 at 1 pm at Caldwell University, 120 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, NJ .  Dr. Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware, will be speaking on “Bringing Nature Home” .  This program is 1.5 CEU’s.  Please see the flyer.

RF Dr. Doug Tallamy FINAL (_)

The second is a 2 part county parks event.  “Good Plants & Bad Plants” May 16 at 6:30 pm at Trailside Nature Center Dr. Mike VanClef will be the speaker.  This presentation will discuss invasive plants species and using native plants.  1.5 CEU’s for this presentation.   The second part of the program is a “Plant Swap” in our Demonstration Garden at Trailside, on Thursday June 7 from 6:00 pm- 8:30 pm.  Participants can bring invasive plants from their yard and trade them in for a native plant.  Pre-registration with the county parks department for the plant swap program is required.  Please see this flyer for details.

plant talk & swap final

Madeline

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Community Gardening “Train-the Trainer” program April 19

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Master Gardener Coordinators are offering regional Community Gardening “Train the Trainer” programs.  Our goal is to provide Master Gardeners with community gardening curriculum that can be used to educate community and school groups about the many aspects of vegetable community gardening.  Each participant will be given the curriculum on a jump drive.  In Union County, we use this curriculum for our summer evening “Community Gardening Series” at Trailside and when we get requests for speakers from community organizations.

The program for Northern New Jersey will be on Thursday, April 19 at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township.  5.5 Continuing Education credits will be offered for this program. Please register by Friday April 13.  Please see the flyer for registration information:

COMMUNITY GARDEN EDUCATOR 2018 – FINALv2 (1)

The workshop will also be offered on April 18 in Atlantic County and June 14 in Ocean County. Master Gardeners are welcome to attend any of the training programs.

Hope to see you there!
Madeline

 

 

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Monthly Meeting Feb 21 – Change in Topic: The Trailside Sensory Trail

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

We be having a different topic for our February 21 monthly meeting. Patty Bertch, the Director of Trailside Nature and Science Center, will be speaking about the new Sensory Trail at Trailside.    The new trail will feature sensory gardens, ADA accessible trails, a Braille Trail with guidelines, musical components and nature themed-sensory play areas.  1.5 CEU credits will be offered for this program.  Hope to see  you there!  The meeting will begin at 7:30 at the RCE office.

Madeline

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Continuing Education Programs

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Happy New Continuing Education Year!

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 2017, would start to keep track of their continuing education hours this 2018  calendar year.  MG students currently enrolled in the class, are not required to participate in continuing education programs until after January of 2019.   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 in Feb/March and early spring you may be interested in. (Please not that not all programs are approved for CEU’s, but you might be interested in attending)

CEU Classes Feb-Mar 2018

Madeline

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MG Class Tentative Schedule for 2017-2018

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Here is our class of 2017-2018 class schedule – our 30th Master Gardener class here in Union County!

2017-18 Tentative MG Class Syllabus

You are welcome to attend the classes for continuing education units.  Full lectures count for 2.5 continuing education units (CEU) and the classes at the demonstration garden and committee chair presentations count for 1 hour of CEUs.  Please check with the office to confirm the topic.  Sometimes due to weather or changes in the speaker’s schedule we need to switch topics.

Hope to see you in class!

Madeline

 

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Upcoming Sept. Events at the Demo Garden

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Committees & Projects, Continuing Education, News and Events, SpringFair, The Gardens

The Demo Garden will be open every Tuesday and Thursday (weather permitting) by 9am until approx. 12pm. We also have these upcoming special events:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 – KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL COMPOSTING – The new Vegetable Gardening Series ends with a Sharing Garden tour and then a lecture in the TMA room from 6 pm – 8pm. Contact Madeline to volunteer or to register to attend the lecture.

TIME TO DIVIDE! PERENNIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED THIS FALL FOR THE 2018 SPRING GARDEN FAIR – Saturday, September 16, 9am – 12pm and Saturday, September 30, 9am – 12pm

August and September is the perfect time to divide your iris, daylilies and hosta. We will be accepting your potted plants in September at the Demo Garden. We will be open two Saturdays this fall for your donations and we can also use help these days digging up perennials out of the garden and potting them up. We will have soil, pots and plant labels if you want to bring your clumps and divide them at the demo garden.  The September newsletter contains a list of plants we accept in the fall. Contact Joanne if you have any questions.

DEMO GARDEN OPEN DURING ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL – WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! – Sunday, September 24, 2017 – 11 am – 5 pm, Rain or Shine

Master Gardener volunteers are needed to staff a table at the entrance to our garden during this event. This is a very easy job – just meet and greet the public, keep track of attendance and give 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, so your help is needed! We had over 100 children take home a plant last year. Help is also needed to set up and clean up at the end.

Contact Joanne Krueger @joannekru@aol.com or 908-313-2734 if you can volunteer. Thank you for your help keeping our garden beautiful!

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