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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:


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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November Continuing Education Meeting on Composting

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in News and Events

Please join us for our continuing education meeting on 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 7:30-9 pm
in the RCE Meeting Room, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ 07090.
Our guest speaker will be Dennis Lenahan . 
Dennis will cover the pluses of composing, the different types composting bins and how composting happens. It is a PowerPoint presentation developed by several NJ county RCE coordinators.
Dennis is from the 2015 class. He helps with the Berry Patch at the Demo Garden. He has helped with the Spring Plant sale for the past three years. Dennis is an alternate rep at the RMGANJ meetings at Rutgers. He has given talks on Composting and Food Safety and Harvesting as a member of Union County Rutgers MG Community Garden Training Program.
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Judith Laganga Recognized at Retirement Party

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in News and Events

Judi Laganga Retirement 2017 with freeholders and Dr. Karen Ensle.

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2017 in News and Events

At the end of this year the terms of David Regal, Second Vice President; Tina Helmstetter, Third Vice President; Debbie Dimaggio, Corresponding Secretary; and Teresa Gibbons,Treasurer end.

Candidates are being sought for all these positions.  If you are a Certified, Active Master Gardener, in good standing, who would like to submit your name or another CAMG’s name for consideration, please contact a member of the Nominations Committee:

NOTE: According to our bylaws, nominations will not be called/taken from the floor.  Our bylaws can be found under the Forms and FAQS  page  at

 Qualifications and responsibilities for these positions are in the Bylaws, which are also available on the above website.  Criteria include:

Any candidate for office must be a Certified Active Master Gardener (CAMG) in good standing.

  1. Supports the mission of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the RMGUC.
  2. Displays, supports and encourages positive attitudes in volunteering.
  3. Attends required RMGUC meetings.
  4. Maintains annual certification requirements (required hours and CEU’s)

The deadline for submitting names (applying for consideration for these positions) is November 23, 2017.

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Ken Westra Memorial Service

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in News and Events

Dear Master Gardeners,

Our good friend and fellow Master Gardener Laurie Westra’s husband  Ken passed away.   Laurie is chair of our Gardening with Children Committee and a member of the Rose Garden team.

Laurie and the family have announced that a service celebrating Ken’s life will be held on Saturday, November 4th at 11:00am at Cranford Alliance Church.  The church is located at 7 Cherry Street, Cranford.  A reception with light refreshments will follow, and all are welcome to attend.

The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Cranford Alliance Church.



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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!



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Community Beautification Volunteer Opportunities

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in News and Events

Two Community Beautification Projects have volunteer opportunities:

~ Brunner Elementary School Children’s Garden is planning a fall cleanup and winter preparation work day on Sunday, October 29, from 1-4pm, and is in need of volunteers.  The Brunner School is located on 721 Westfield Road, Scotch Plains.  For more information, or to volunteer please contact Teresa Keeler,

~ The Township of Union Community Garden is hosting a “work party” on Saturday, November 11, from 10am–2 pm. The Garden is located in the Eleanor R. Erikson Park off Liberty Ave. in Union.  For more information, or to volunteer please contact:  Adrienne Kubicz,

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Reminder: You Are Invited to the Next MG Communications Meeting on Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in News and Events

The next meeting of all Committee Chairs and the Executive Board will be held at 7 pm, Wednesday, October 25, in the meeting room of the RCE, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ.  Everyone is invited to attend and discuss any concerns.

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Welcome the Class of 2017/2018

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in News and Events

I could use some MGers to assist with welcoming the new class on Tuesday Oct 17th at 9:30AM!

To refresh your memory – we have name tags to give out, binders/USB’s to sign for, Soil Test Kits to sign for, and folders to give out!!

Also, if anyone would like to bake a treat or two for the new class, that would be great!  I usually bake something, but I am in temporary quarters and cannot bake very well without my tools!!!

Please contact me at the office 908-654-9854  or email me at   ASAP!!

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Volunteer Opportunity: Fanwood Library Rain Garden

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

We are looking for volunteers to serve on the Fanwood Library Rain Garden Project.

Here is some information about this garden.

Descrip of Rain Garden Fanwood

Many thanks to Edith Wells and Mary Gosnell for chairing this project the past several years.  If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please contact Diane Borman, MG community beautification project coordinator, at


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