No experience required; the training begins January 18 on a distance learning basis.
Union County, NJ – Union County Gardeners have the opportunity to hone their skills while giving back to the community by joining Union County Master Gardeners. All gardeners, regardless of their level of experience, are welcome to join this popular volunteer program, from the beginner to the seasoned expert.
“The Master Gardeners program offers residents of Union County new opportunities to expand their knowledge and apply their skills to help educate, engage and beautify our community. The Council of Commissioners is proud to support this unique volunteer program and we are happy to see it return in 2022, ”said Union County Council of Commissioners Chairperson Rebecca Williams.
Master Gardeners are volunteers trained and certified by the Union County Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They create and manage programs for the public, including educational workshops and horticulture programs for people with special needs. The centerpiece of the program is the Union County 1.5-acre Demonstration Garden, located adjacent to the Trailside Nature and Science Center in the Watchung Preserve at 152 New Providence Road in Mountainside.
The 2022 Master Gardener training program begins on Tuesday, January 18 and ends in May. The program consists of weekly courses that cover the basics of botany, entomology and phytopathology, integrated pest management, vegetable patch, fruit trees, lawn care and floral gardening, among other topics.
Participants who complete courses and provide 60 hours of community service earn the title of Certified Master Gardener.
In order to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the 2022 training program will begin on a distance learning basis. If conditions allow, workshops outside the Demonstration Garden can be added in the spring.
To apply for the 2022 training course, visit the Union County Rutgers Master Gardeners registration website at http://bttr.im/fem3x. There is a program registration fee of $ 200 and scholarships are available.
Courses will be presented through Rutgers Canvas, Rutgers University’s online learning portal. Participants can join the sessions live on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to noon, or view pre-recorded sessions at their convenience.
To learn more about the Master Gardeners program, contact Madeline Flahive at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County by phone at 908-654-9854 (ext 4) or by email at [email protected]
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Union County is a program of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. It is supported in Union County by the Council of Commissioners, with administrative assistance and offices in Westfield, land for the demonstration garden and funding for special projects. For more information on all extension projects and activities in Union County, including Master Gardeners, Master Tree Stewards, and the 4-H Youth Development Program, visit ucnj.org/rce.
Quick links to all of Union County’s environmental programs are available at The Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connect.
For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free immunizations, free tests, emergency food distribution, and other health services. support, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information on COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
For all Union County programs and services, visit ucnj.org, call the public information line, 877-424-1234, email [email protected], or use the online contact form.
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