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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:  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


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February Continuing Education Meeting- Discovering Union County Parks

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in News and Events

Join us on Wednesday, February 21, 7:30-9 pm, on the second floor of the Colleen Fraser building.

Ronald Zuber, Director of Union County Parks, will be our guest speaker.

Union County Parks are among the most heavily used recreational areas in the region, whether it’s for a soccer match at Warinanco Park or a hike through the Watchung Reservation.

Maintaining these parks and preserving them for future generations involves managing the wildlife populations

Learn about how the parks system, along with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, seeks to maintain an environmental balance in the parks that is healthy, both for wildlife and the habitats.

Hear about new, interesting projects.

Join us on Wednesday, February 7th, 7:30-9 pm on the second floor of the Colleen Fraser building, 

300 North Ave, Westfield.

You are welcome to bring a guest for this event!  RSVP  by emailing Tina Helmstetter at  or calling (908) 654-9854, option 2.

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Welcome Tamisha Hopkins, RCE Office Manager

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in News and Events

Please extend a warm welcome to our new office manager, Tamisha Hopkins. Tamisha joined us in January and has been working with all our RCE departments, 4-H, Family and Community Health Sciences and of course Agriculture & Natural Resources/ the Master Gardener Program.  Tamisha was an Administrative Assistant with our SNAP-Ed program and most recently worked with the Union County Division of Human Services.

Tamisha’s contact information is:

Tamisha Hopkins

RCE of Union County

300 North Avenue East

Westfield, NJ 07090

Phone: 908-654-9854 ext 2

Fax: 908- 518-7925 (Please call to let Tamisha know you are faxing)


Please send Tamisha your volunteer hours for 2017. If you have sent them to the office since September, Tamisha and I have already inputted them into the volunteer hour database, so she is ready to accept new volunteer hours!

We look forward to working with Tamisha !


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Rutgers Home Gardeners School, March 17, 2018

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in News and Events

Here’s the link:

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Correction to the Ballot for the Executive Board

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in News and Events

Please note that the ballot should list that Indira Govindan is nominated for Corresponding Secretary.

Terry Gibbons, nominated for Treasurer, is from the class of 2014.


My apologies for these errors.

Richard Leister

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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:


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.




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Vote for the New Members of the Master Gardener Executive Board

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in News and Events

If you did not attend the Master Gardener Holiday Party on December 5,  you still have the opportunity to show your support for the Master Gardener Executive Board by going to the Helpline Office and completing a ballot.  The Helpline is open Mon & Wed 9 am – 3pm and Friday from 9 am – 11 am, but please call the Helpline 908-654-9852 to make sure the office is open.   The poll closes on December 20 at 3 pm.

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

Second Vice President:       

  • Dan Black, class of 2017

Volunteer Hours to Date:  128

Committee Involvement:  Arts and Crafts, Communications/ publicity, spring garden fair, holiday party, and clerical in the office and community gardening with children

Third Vice President:

  • Ann Burgmeyer, class of 2011

Volunteer Hours to Date:  130+

Committee Involvement: Herb Garden and Helpline, Spring Garden Fair

 Corresponding Secretary:

  • Indira Govindan, class of 2017

Volunteer Hours to Date: 75

Committee Involvement:  annual fair and plant sale, craft-sale committee


  • Terry Gibbons, class of 2015

Volunteer Hours to Date:  More than 400

Committee Involvement:  Treasurer, Spring Garden Fair


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Candidate Urgently Sought for Corresponding Secretary on the Master Gardener Executive Board

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in News and Events

The Nominating Committee has not yet received a nomination for Corresponding Secretary on the Master Gardener Executive Board.

If you know anyone who would like to serve or you, yourself, are interesting in standing for the position, please contact Richard Leister ASAP at or 908-790-1552.

The duties of Corresponding Secretary are to:
1. Handle all correspondence for all meetings and programs. ( This includes correspondence connected with the Annual Fair and Plant Sale.)
2. Maintain correspondence files according to year in the RCE office for a period of five to seven years.

The Corresponding Secretary is a voting member of the Executive Board

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Please RSVP to the Invitation to the December General Membership Meeting and HAPPY HOLIDAYS PARTY

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in News and Events

The party is TUESDAY, Dec. 5, at 7:00 PM at the Westfield Presbyterian Church.

Please RSVP ASAP  to MG President, Richard Leister, preferably by email:  Or leave a phone message at 908-790-1552

Details on what to bring and how to get there are in the post from November 19 as well as the newsletter.

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December General Membership Meeting and HAPPY HOLIDAYS PARTY TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 7:00 PM

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in News and Events

December General Membership Meeting and
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 to MG President, Richard Leister, preferably by email:  Or leave a phone message at 908-790-1552 by Monday, November 27. Directions to the party are below.
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 28.

Directions to the Holiday Party Tuesday December 5, 2017
Westfield Presbyterian Church, 140 Mountain Avenue Westfield
From Central Ave.
From wherever you pick up Central Avenue, follow it through downtown Westfield until it ends on East Broad St. (Rialto Theater on your right). Make a right onto East Broad St. and then take your first left at the light onto Mountain Ave. Pass the church which is immediately on your right to its adjacent parking lot. The entrance to the building is the large door facing the parking lot.
From the Garden State Parkway- Take Exit 135 (Westfield, Clark). From the north, bear right onto Central Avenue (Shoprite on right – Target on left). From the south, turn left onto Central Avenue after the exit. Follow Local Directions from Central Avenue above.
From New Jersey Route 22- Take the New Providence Road exit in Mountainside and follow it to the first traffic light at Mountain Ave. where you make a right. Continue on Mountain approximately one mile. The church parking lot will be on the left, just before the church. The entrance to the building is the large door facing the parking lot.


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