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Plant Swap Thursday June 7 at Demo Garden 6-8:30 pm

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

The county has a new program – a “Plant Swap” to encourage residents to remove invasive plant species from their property and “swap” them for a native plant.  The Plant Swap is taking place in the Demonstration Garden on Thursday, June 7, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm in our demonstration garden at Trailside.   If you would like to participate in the plant swap, please RSVP by emailing the county at

Here are details about the event:

We could use some volunteers to help with directing cars down to the demonstration garden and helping with the event.  If you would like to volunteer, please RVSP to Madeline at  Volunteers should arrive at 5:30.  If  you need to arrive later, that is fine.  I am looking for volunteers to take shifts directing cars down to the garden.



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Pin Party Poll

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners:

We are thinking about having our annual September Awards Program, the “Pin Party” on a Sunday afternoon or a weekday evening, and wanted to get feedback from you.  Would you prefer a Sunday afternoon, Weekday evening or would either be fine with you?

Please participate in this poll:

to let us know!

Please select the option of Sunday Afternoon, Weekday Evening or Either Sunday afternoon or Weekday evening.  Please complete the poll by Tuesday evening, June 5.

If you already participated in the poll at the spring garden fair or Master Gardener class, please do not participate in the on-line poll.  If you have any questions, please email Madeline at


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Post Event Plant Sales for Master Gardeners

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Committees & Projects, SpringFair, The Gardens

Post Event Plant Sales:

We have a small amount of flowering annual plants leftover that we cannot return to the nursery. They are in our greenhouse and we will be open this Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00am. Please be sure not to take the plants for the Sharing Garden, Annex, Cutting Garden or Herb Garden – they are clearly marked.

Annual flowers in the greenhouse are 30% off -$2.00 for a 4 pack or 6 pack, Hanging baskets are $5.00 each

Annual vines and Tomatoes or Peppers in peat pots are $1.50 each. There are 2 nursery shrubs (kerria japonica) and 2 native virginia creeper vines at $5.00 each. Nursery perennials we cannot return are also in the greenhouse, they are $3.00 each.

Our MG donated perennials are on the back tables in our outdoor potting area, and they are $1.00 each (to cover the cost of soil)

Sales are on the honor system, and the money can either be sent to the Treasurer, Teresa Gibbons, or can be given to Joanne and I will get it to Terry.
Thanks for all your hard work, Joanne

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Spring Garden Fair Thank You

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in News and Events

Dear Master Gardeners,

I would like to thank everyone for their contributions to another successful Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale.  The weather was a challenge this year for all the preparations for the fair, but the sun shone upon us for the entire fair.  I appreciate everyone’s efforts.



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Important Information for Sunday- Spring Fair

Posted by on May 19, 2018 in Committees & Projects, SpringFair, The Gardens

Spring Garden Fair Day is here !
Weather Forecast for Sunday – Partly Cloudy – 67 degrees at 8am, 79 degrees at 4pm, mostly cloudy in the afternoon, possible showers

We will be open before 7am on Sunday – Both entrances to the Garden will be open. The County will be setting up all the pop-up canopies first thing in the morning. Check in with Master Gardeners Joanne Krueger, Jane Manniello, or Susan Thomson before the Information Table opens at 10am for your volunteer assignment and to sign in.
Restrooms are located in the Old Museum building.
Please do not bring pocketbooks or valuable items with you.
Remember to wear your Master Gardener nametag, hat, t-shirt, or apron.
Green aprons are available at the main Information Table for Master Gardeners that don’t have MG shirts. (Information Table opens after 10am at the big gate)
Bring your own lunch for the afternoon.

We are making this change so there is food available for the Master Gardeners that arrive at 7am (or earlier) to start working. We are ending the food at 11am so the cashiers and plant sale committee can attend their orientation / check in meetings that start at 11am, and everyone else can get ready for the Fair opening.
The menu will offer mini bagels or breakfast rolls with cream cheese or butter, yogurts, fruit salad, protein bars, etc. Salads will be served in cups so people can “grab and go” and we don’t have a “people jam” in the building.
We will have coffee, tea, bottled water and juice available all day, with a healthy snack available in the afternoon, and whatever food is leftover from the morning.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH as we will only have breakfast foods available in the morning.

Parking for the public will be down at the Garden in the grassy field, & the main parking lot.
Parking for Master Gardeners will be at the Loop Picnic Area. Please drop off your supplies in the morning and park up at the Loop.
There are only 2 handicapped parking spots by the Garden, so any Master Gardeners needing assistance, we will move your car to a spot further away for you.
DIRECTIONS TO LOOP PICNIC AREA/PLAYGROUND – Turn left out of Trailside parking lot onto New Providence Road. Follow this road to a wooded traffic circle and take the third right onto W.R. Tracy Dr. (toward Surprise Lake). Bear left around loop for picnic and playground areas. It is a short 5-minute walk from the Loop area to the Demo Garden.
Be sure to park in a paved designated parking spot to avoid getting a pakring ticket at the loop. Park by the large restroom building.
We will also have the 4-H Van running as a shuttle from the Loop parking lot to the Garden in the morning before the Fair opens.

Please note – There will be a Scout group camping overnight Saturday into Sunday, and they will also be parking down by the garden. They should all depart by the time the Fair begins.

I know it will be another successful event thanks to everyone’s hard work! See you Sunday. Joanne 908-313-2734 – cell

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MG-Saturday garden open 8am and MG member pre-plant sale information

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in News and Events

The Demo Garden will be open starting at 8:00am on Saturday – Please come early and help us get ready for the Spring Garden Fair, and then stay for the member plant sale that starts at 1pm. We will be receiving many deliveries of plants starting first thing and need help unloading.

Important information about Saturday – you are welcome to park at the garden but it will be crowded.  There will be 2 Boy Scout groups in the Scout area on Saturday – Cub Scout Pack 75 will be conducting a model rocket launch from 10am -2pm, and Cub Scout Pack 34 will be camping Saturday night through Sunday am.

Saturday, May 19, 1:00 – 3:00pm at the Demo Garden

All members will be able to purchase plants at full retail price in advance of opening the fair to the public at your very own plant sale. To ensure a good selection of plants for the public, we have to place some limits on the amount of plants you can buy. Remember, you will also be able to purchase plants at the end of the Fair on Sunday at reduced prices-but many of the “desirable plants” will be gone by then.

You’ll be able to purchase the following at the Saturday pre-sale:
• NO LIMIT on Hanging Baskets
• 3 pots of Herbs and (1) 4 or 6 pack.
Note – Basil 6 packs are excluded from this limit
• NO LIMIT on Vegetables
• NO LIMIT on 4 or 6 packs of annuals
• NO LIMIT on assorted 4” annuals including Geraniums, Coleus, and Proven Winners
• NO LIMIT on Nursery stock
• NO LIMIT on perennials, including many choice varieties
• You can go in the greenhouse to choose your tomato and pepper plants – plants that are marked with tape are not to be taken by Master Gardeners, they are for the Sharing Garden, Cutting, Herb or Annex Gardens, or the public.

Plants marked with the flagging/caution tape are reserved for the public. We ask everyone to respect this policy. Please come and have some refreshments with us while you shop.
Depending on the weather, the Gardening Odds & Ends Table may also be open for sales to master gardeners

Boxes – all types-bring the weekend of the Fair – WE NEED 400 BOXES – If everyone just brought 4 boxes with them on Sunday we would have all the boxes we need. (Boxes should be stored in clear plastic bags and stored next to the building under the overhang- we have plastic bags at the demo garden on the kitchen counter for the boxes)
Thank you – Joanne Krueger – 908-313-2734

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Posted by on May 16, 2018 in News and Events

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 agriculture and horticulture.

The Executive Board seeks nominations for this award.   Please submit nominations by May 31.

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,  Anne Burgmeyer, or Dan Black.  The Board is expected vote on nominations at its  June meeting.

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Wed Spring Fair meeting & County set-up now Thursday – NOT Friday

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in News and Events

The Spring Fair orientation meeting is this Wednesday night at 7:30pm at the RCE office in Westfield.
Everyone volunteering at the Fair is encouraged to attend. We will review everything from soup to nuts and this is a great time to ask questions.
Refreshments will be served (iced tea and cookies)
We will be open these days and can use help continuing the set-up and getting the gardens ready:

Due to the rain forecast for Friday, we will now be setting up the County tables on Thursday. We need help setting up the tables, and covering them with plastic.
Thursday, 8am – until approx. 1pm
Friday, 9:00am  to approx. 12pm (if you are coming later than 11am, call or text my cell to see if we are finishing early) We will be labeling all the peppers and tomato plants in the greenhouse.
Saturday, 8:30am – 5pm
The MG member plant pre-sale is Saturday from 1pm- 3pm
Sunday the Garden will be open by 7am

Items needed for the Fair:
Gardening Odds and Ends needed – Please bring your donations this Thursday, May 17 to the Demo Garden. We will be open at 8:00am and closing at 1pm. We appreciate everyone’s donations, but all items must be clean, new or gently used and received by Saturday, May 19 – the day before the Fair.

House plants accepted until Saturday, May 19. Please label them. We have labels in the greenhouse for your use.

Boxes – all types-bring the weekend of the Fair – WE NEED 400 BOXES – If everyone just brought 4 boxes with them on Sunday we would have all the boxes we need. (Boxes should be stored in clear plastic bags and stored next to the building under the overhang- we have plastic bags at the demo garden on the kitchen counter for the boxes)

Baked goodies for our Cupcake cafe
Coolers with ice for our MG coffee break refreshments and the Cupcake Café
Pump pots or thermal carafes for the MG break and Cupcake Café
Canopies and Market Umbrellas and sturdy stands
Shepherd Hooks for hanging baskets (mark with your name or tape)

Thanks so much for your help in keeping our gardens beautiful and making the Spring Garden Fair a huge success!
Joanne Krueger
908-313-2734 – cell

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Demo Garden open this Sat and Member Pre-sale ordering information

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in Committees & Projects, News and Events, SpringFair, The Gardens

The Demo Garden is open this Saturday, May 12 from 9am to 12pm to move the Spring Fair wood tables and donated perennial plants onto the tables. Please come out and help.

Member – Pre-Sale ordering Information

We will again make annuals available during the Master Gardener Pre Plant Sale, held Saturday afternoon May 19, from 1-3pm at the Demo Garden. However, we need your help to make it a success. The spring plant sale is profitable when we sell out so we must order carefully. If you are interested in purchasing annuals at the pre-sale please send an email of the type of plant and approximate number (entire flat, a six pack, 4 inch pot) that you plan to purchase. We have the typical assortment of annuals including begonia, ageratum, alyssum, petunia, marigolds, salvia, snapdragons and zinnia. We will be using your requests for rough ordering purposes only.  There will be no holds on the day of the sale. Please send your order requests to by Sunday, May 13.

Please note – due to the downy mildew problems expected again this year on Impatiens walleriana, we won’t be offering these plants for sale again this year. Popular replacements that are not affected are New Guinea impatiens, big leaf begonia and coleus. We will have a large selection of all these fine plants available to Master Gardeners and the public.

And please start saving boxes for the Fair and bring them to the Demo Garden the weekend of the Fair. Thanks, Joanne Krueger

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May Newsletter

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners:

Here is our May newsletter.  This month’s features: interesting articles, MG award nominations and details about the Spring Garden Fair!


Looking forward to seeing you at the Spring Garden Fair!


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