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December / January Newsletter

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

Here is our December / January Newsletter:

DECEMBER 2017

Feature Articles: Sage, Planning Your Garden for Next Year? Ideas for extra space! Holiday Cactus, Things to Do in December and January,  Demo Garden Year in Review, Sharing Garden: Another Successful Year: Thank You Letters from Agencies.

Enjoy,

Madeline

 

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November Newsletter

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners:

Here is our November Newsletter:

NOVEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

This month’s highlights: Nominating Committee for MG Executive Board; Demo Garden Fall Update;  Interesting articles on: Garlic, Planting Bulbs, Mulching and Things to Do in November

Upcoming Events:
Wednesday November 15, Monthly Meeting Composting, RSVP Tina Helmstetter

TUESDAY, December 5 MG Holiday Party, RSVP Richard Leister

Sunday, December 3, Westfield Y Men’s Club Tree Set Up Event, RSVP TJ Karns

 

 

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October Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners!

Happy Fall! Here is this month’s Master Gardener Newsletter.  Highlights this month:

  • Walk in registrations will be accepted at State Master Gardener Conference on Saturday Oct. 7
  • Oct 18 – Monthly Meeting
  • Summer 2017 Children’s Program
  • Hops, Celosia and Things to do in October
  • Review of Deep Cut Gardens
  • Demonstration Garden News

October 2017

Enjoy,

Madeline

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September Newsletter

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

Happy September – we have a busy month ahead of us!  In this issue, the Pin Party (Sept 19) , State Master Gardener Conference (Oct. 7) , Composting Program (Sept 7), fall plant donations for  the fair (Sept 16 & 30) and the Harvest Festival Sunday, Sept. 24. Enjoy the articles on herbs, our Plant of the Month, and houseplant fall care. Also, a tribute to Marie Clark, RCE Agriculture Secretary.

SEPTEMBER 2017

Madeline

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May Newsletter

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

Here is our May Newsletter packed with details about our upcoming Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale, interesting articles on spring gardening and a survey about the Annual State Master Gardener Conference.  Enjoy and I look forward to seeing you at the Spring Garden Fair!

MAY NEWS LETTER 2017

Madeline

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March Newsletter

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

Spring is only 3 weeks away and our March edition is packed with information!   Hope you can join us for our March Monthly Meeting on Pruning.  Find out the origins of saffron and cilantro/coriander and the latest happenings as the demo garden begins to reopen for the growing season.  Details about our annual Spring Garden Fair and Plant sale are also included – it’s time to start getting ready!

MARCH NEWS LETTER 27

Madeline

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February Newsletter

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners

Here is our February Newsletter.  Highlights this month  our Feb Monthly Meeting, Trip to Phillip Academy Aero Farm Greenhouse, Rutgers Home Gardener’s School , MG Apparel Sale, and other interesting articles!

FEBRUARY 2017

 

Enjoy!

Madeline

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September Newsletter

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

Hope you are enjoying the end of summer, get ready for a great fall!

Here is the September issue of our MG Newsletter:

SEPTEMBER 2016

Some upcoming events are: Pin Party, State Master Gardener Conference and the Trailside Harvest Festival.  Also coming up is the new MG Community Gardening Training on October 6 at Trailside:

COMMUNITY GARDEN brochure 2016 – FINAL 8-9 HL

Madeline

 

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Summer Master Gardener Newsletter

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

Happy Summer!  Take a break from the garden, and  enjoy a cool lemonade while you read our Summer edition of the Master Gardener newsletter.

SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2016

Madeline

 

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June Newsletter

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

Spring has finally arrived and summer is a few weeks away – happy growing season!

Here is our June Newsletter.  Hope to see you at our Annual MG picnic on Saturday June 25.

JUNE NEWSLETTER 2016

Madeline

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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2016 AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Committees & Projects, News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Every year the Master Gardeners Association of New Jersey (MGANJ) presents Awards for Excellence at the Master Gardener Fall Conference.

Each county with a Master Gardener Program is allowed two recipients per county per year.  Recipients can be two individuals or one individual and one committee.  Honorees receive a MGANJ Award for Excellence pin.  They are invited to attend the MGANJ Fall Conference and reimbursed for the registration fee and box lunch.

The conference features speakers, who are experts in the all agriculture and horticulture.

The Executive Board seeks nominations for this award.

Criteria for Nominations:

  1. Certified Active Master Gardener in good standing.
  2. For individual award: 100 cumulative hours of volunteer service.
  3. Outstanding contribution or dedication to a committee and the RMGUC Master Gardener Program.

NOTEIf a committee is selected for the MGANJ Award of Excellence, the committee member must have a minimum of 50% participation in the committee’s activities during that year (documented by means of committee sign-in sheets).  Members with less than 50% participation are not eligible for Excellence Awards.

Exception:  At the discretion of the Committee Chairperson, a CAMG who made an outstanding contribution or provided extraordinary service that greatly benefited the committee that year would be considered, no matter what their level of overall participation.  The chairperson should submit the name to the Executive Board for approval and inclusion in the Award for Excellence.

Committee chairs should contact Vice Presidents  Althea Llewelyn, Dave Regal, or Tina Helmstetter.  The Board is expected vote on nominations at its May meeting.

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May Newsletter

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

MAY NEWSLETTER 2016

Here is our May Newsletter, featuring articles on culinary “weeds”, Roses and more!   Important details about the Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale are in the newsletter, including the member plant sale.

I look forward to seeing many of you before and during the fair!

Sincerely,

Madeline

 

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Continuing Ed Meeting April 20: In observance of Arbor Day, Certified Tree Expert Dave Welch will speak.

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Continuing Education, News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Please join us for our continuing education meeting,  Wednesday April 20, 2016, at 7:30 in the RCE Meeting Room, 
300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ 07090.
Tree image
For the observance of Arbor Day, please welcome Dave Welch, CTE.
Dave Welch, is a Certified Tree Expert of New Jersey,  a member of New Jersey Society of Certified Tree Experts, the International Society of Arboriculture, and the National Arborist Association. His company, Cascade Tree Experts, specializes in tree care for Morris, Union & Somerset Counties. He consults state wide in all phases of Tree Care, Urban Forestry, Tree Inventories, Planning & Consulting, and Expert Testimony.
You are welcome to bring a guest for this event!  RSVP  by emailing Judi Laganga, jlaganga@ucnj.org or calling (908) 654-9854, option 2
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
Best time to plant a tree
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March Newsletter

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

YAY, it’s March!!!  Yes, I know it snowed this morning – it’s March!!!  In like a Lion, out like a Lamb…………..I can’t wait for the Lamb!!

In the meantime – enjoy your newsletter!!

MARCH 2016

Correction to the Newsletter:  Daylight Savings Time begins March 13.

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Nominations Sought for Wesley Philo Award for Volunteer Excellence

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

In 2009 the Union County Executive Board created an award to recognize one individual in our Master Gardener organization.

This award is named in honor of our first President, Wes Philo, who was an active volunteer and leader with many organizations in addition to the Master Gardeners of Union County. Previous recipients were Walter Pommnitz, Larry Verdicchio, Joanne Krueger, Katherine Sabatino, Cindy Coppa, Caryl Hannemann and T.J. Karns.

This award is presented annually to a volunteer who best exemplifies excellence in volunteerism and dedication to the Master Gardeners of Union County through her or his 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 “Inspiring by Example.”

Eligibility:

  • Certified active Master Gardener
  • 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.

 

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 (individuals only) nominated. Please be sure to provide all information requested. Nomination-Form-Wesley-Philo-Award2017

The annual Wesley Philo Volunteer Award will be evaluated by the following criteria:

 Scope of responsibility:  

  • What were the direct responsibilities of the volunteer?
  • Did the volunteer assume a variety of tasks?
  • Did the volunteer hold a leadership position?

 Scope of Impact:  

  • Did the volunteer impact a group or organization?

 Scope of knowledge/skills

  • Did the volunteer demonstrate the required skills?
  • Did the volunteer seek improvement through learning new skills?
  • Did the volunteer provide advanced, specialized skills to complete tasks?

 Accomplishments or Contributions to the Community:

  • Did the volunteer measurably expand, improve or strengthen the Master Gardener program?
  • Did the volunteer design and implement a new project, develop new methods or strategies, or provide new ideas for the MG program?
  • Did the volunteer show exceptional teamwork and collaboration?
  • Did the volunteer serve as a role model by inspiring others to volunteer?

Demonstration of Character:

  • Did the volunteer display dedication through consistent commitment to service in the MG program?
  • Did the volunteer demonstrate excellence and integrity?
  • Were there any challenging circumstances the volunteer had to face?

Deadline for Submissions: May 30, 2016.

Nomination Submission Procedure:

  1. Applications should be submitted to the Master Gardener Executive Board President by May 30.
  2. The MG Executive Board reviews applications and chooses the recipient at the June or September Executive Board meeting.
  3. The award is presented at the annual Master Gardener Recognition “Pin” Party in September.

Eligible Master Gardeners:

 

FIRST NAME LAST NAME
DOLORES BATZ-CULP
MARGARET BEACH
DEBORAH BERMAN
RICHARD BOTTINO
ROY BOWMAN
MARLENE BOYD
DORIS CHAMBERLAIN
NORMA COHEN
CHRISTINE DEC
KATHRYN DEFILLIPO
STACEY DRAPER
SHIRLEY DREW
BARBARA GIGON
RENATE GORDON
JOANN GORNOWSKI
IRENE GREENSTEIN
IRENE GROTTANO
ERIC HAMBERG
ALFRED HANNEMANN
NANCY HAYES
LINDA HENRY
WILLIAM HOPKINS
JOAN HORN
KENNETH ILGAVIZIS
JEAN KAHAN
JAMES KEANE
MARY KENT
MARY KRAUSS
JOYCE LAUDISE
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
SANDRA SCHROEDER
ROSEMARY SHIRE
SERENA SMITH
MARY STEWART
DEAN TALCOTT
FRED TAYLOR
SUSAN THOMSON
CAROL WALCZUK
LORRAINE WALLACE
JANICE WHITNEY
JOAN WITTERSCHEIN
RUTH YABLONSKY

 

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February 2016 Newsletter

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Newsletters and Bulletins

Well, as the snow is melting and the darn gopher tells us Spring will be  here soon – Why not take a few moments to read over the latest Newsletter!!

Gearing up for the SPRING Plant Sale!!!  Things to do In February!!  And of course all those great articles we get every newsletter.

Enjoy!!

FEBRUARY 2016

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2016-2017 MG Executive Board Elections

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

                   Master Gardeners Executive Board Election Ballot

                                                   December 2015

Below are the candidates and offices for the Master Gardeners Executive Board.

Although the candidates are unopposed, I encourage you to vote as a show of support for them.   You can either vote on line or in the Extension Office. Judy Laganga will maintain ballots there as well. The deadline for voting is December 20, 2015.

Richard Leister, President

The term of office for the listed positions is January 1, 2016 –December 31, 2017, except

The term for the 1st Vice President position is January 1, 2016-December 31, 2016.    

        

1st Vice President:

Althea Llewellyn, class of 2012

Volunteer Hours to Date: 114

Committee Involvement: Berry Patch, Spring Garden Fair

VOTE:

Althea Llewellyn

2nd Vice President

  David Regal, class of 2011

Volunteer Hours to date: 505.5

Committee Involvement: 2nd Vice President, Spring Garden Fair, Demonstration Garden

VOTE:

David Regal

3rd Vice President

Tina Helmstetter, class of 2012

Volunteer Hours to Date: 330.75

Committee Involvement: 3rd Vice President, Continuing Education, Holiday Party, MG Summer Picnic, Recognition Party, Berkeley Heights Tree Survey, Spring Garden Fair, Sharing Garden, Community Beautification

VOTE:

Tina Helmstetter
 

Treasurer:

Teresa Gibbons, class of 2014

Volunteer Hours to Date: 75

Committee Involvement: Treasurer, Spring Garden Fair

VOTE:

Teresa Gibbon

Corresponding Secretary:

Deborah DiMaggio, class of 2012

Volunteer Hours to date: 443

Committee Involvement: Corresponding Secretary, Spring Garden Fair, Freedom Garden, Berkeley Heights Tree Survey

VOTE:

Deborah DiMaggio

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December / January Newsletter

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for all you do for your communities as Master Gardeners.

Here is our December -January newsletter:

December 15 Jan 16 Newsletter\

This double issue features:

Annual Meeting and Holiday Party – Tuesday, December 1

Nominating Committee Report

Volunteers for Holiday Tree Sale – December 6

Interesting Articles from garlic to plants in  space !

Enjoy!

Madeline

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December General Membership Meeting and HAPPY HOLIDAYS PARTY

Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 P.M.
Please note the date is a week earlier than usual!
Westfield Presbyterian Church, 140 Mountain Avenue Westfield.

All Master Gardeners and guests are cordially invited. 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, preferably by email, to Judi Laganga at jlaganga@ucnj.org by Friday, November 27, or leave a message on her voice-mail at (908) 654-9854, option 2. Directions to the party are on the last page.

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 Tuesday,
November 27.

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HELP CARRY THE HOLIDAY TREES FOR THE Y

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

ATTN NEW CLASS MEMBERS AND ALL MASTER GARDENERS: You are cordially invited to participate in our 9th Annual “HELP CARRY THE HOLIDAY TREES” Party on Sunday, December 6, 2015, 8:00-10:30 a.m., at the Westfield Y Men’s Club Association’s Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale, corner of Elm and Walnut streets in Westfield (across from Stop & Shop).

Details:  Earn hours, give back to the community, and have fun helping the Westfield Y Men’s Club unload a shipment of  trees for their Annual  Tree and Wreath Sale.  The sale is the WYMCA’s primary fundraiser. All profits go to local youth organizations and community service groups.  These include our organization, to whom the WYMCA has generously donated  for 9 years.  In return, the Y Men ask the MGs and all aided groups to donate some time and muscle at their Annual Sale. Please come out and help for a couple of hours.  Note: Typically, 2 or 3 people carry each tree the short distance from truck to tree lot.  Have a bad back?  Not to worry.  We need your moral support anyway, so please come out to cheer us on !

Thanks, everyone.

Master Gardeners Help Carry Trees in December 2014 at YMCA of Westfield Christmas Tree Sale

Master Gardeners Help Carry Trees in December 2014 at YMCA of Westfield Christmas Tree Sale

T.J. Karns, Chair of Grants and Publicity Committees

Please contact TJ Karns to let her know you are coming at 908-964-3654 or tj.karns04@verizon.net.

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