42nd Annual Rutgers Home Gardeners School

Here is the annual event from Rutgers. They were kind enough to send us a copy, so we have posted it here for you.

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Let Happiness Grow from Your Garden at the 42nd Annual Rutgers Home Gardeners School

Horticulture experts, handpicked by the Office of Continuing Professional Education, to offer a unique learning experience for gardeners, including 38 workshops [19 new] and hands-on demonstrations

December 18, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.: — Whether your outdoor plans include festive gatherings with friends or peaceful moments of solitude, get your yard or garden ready with expert training at the 42nd Annual Rutgers Home Gardeners School. Registration is now open for this once-a-year event, which will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., at the Rutgers University Cook/Douglass campus in New Brunswick, N.J.

The Home Gardeners School is made up of 38 individual workshop sessions that cover a wide array of horticulture topics. This format allows attendees to select the workshops that are most relevant to their gardening interests so as to create their own unique, customized schedule for a fun day of learning. Expert speakers from commercial horticulture and landscape design firms, as well as faculty and staff from Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE), provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from highly-respected professionals with a wealth of experience.

Kicking off this year’s Home Gardeners School is a new demonstration workshop called “Easy Garden Walkway Ideas.” This demo will teach you the A-B-C’s of walkway techniques including base preparation, installation, and natural walkway material options. Another new workshop is “Welcoming Migrating Birds Back to Your Yard this Spring,” in which participants will learn how to create landscapes that provide food, shelter, and nesting for our native avian visitors. Also new is a workshop that deals with those tricky spaces that almost every yard and gardener has to contend with: spots with unusual growing conditions. In “Unique Plants for Unique Spaces,” attendees will hear about these areas and the plants that will grow successfully in them. Other new workshops for 2018 include Organic, Low Maintenance Landscape Care, Designing Intimate Gardens, Easy Breezy Succulents, Growing Tropicals in Containers, Beds and Borders, Growing the Perfect Jersey Tomato, to name a few. With a total of 21 new or revised workshops this year, you are guaranteed a day of learning experiences that will give you a garden your neighbors will envy.

This year there will be two new keynote presentations happening simultaneously during lunch. In “Keeping Your Pets Safe and Happy Outdoors,” Brian Voynick, DVM CVA (Owner/Director, American Animal Hospital and Host of The Pet Stop on News 12 New Jersey) will offer suggestions and solutions for creating a safe and happy space for your beloved pets. Nicholas Polanin, County Agricultural Agent, RCE of Somerset County will present “The Rutgers Master Gardener Program – 34 Years and Growing Strong.” Polanin will discuss the history of this great program as well as how you can join this exclusive community of “green thumb” volunteers.

The registration fee for this event is $85, but a special early registration discounted price of $70 is being offered through February 28. An additional discounted fee of $60 is available for Master Gardeners (certificate required) through February 28, as well. Participants can purchase a convenient $13 box lunch when registering or bring their own bag lunch. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

Continuing our tradition of altruism this year, the Home Gardeners School organizers invite attendees to bring food donations to the event. These items will be distributed to New Jersey families in need through Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH), a universitywide initiative working to address the issues of hunger across the state. Look for the RAH table (look for green bins) to make your non-perishable canned or boxed (no items in glass, please!) donation.

New this year, we are also inviting participants to donate items for our furry friends to benefit Happy Paws Rescue (a 501(3)(c) organization focused on rescue and adoption in the New Brunswick area) and Scarlet Paws Rescue (a 501(3)(c) non-profit collaboration of Rutgers staff, faculty, students and community volunteers that rescues stray animals on the Rutgers campus). Find their tables to drop off your donations of unopened dry dog or cat food, treats, chews, toys, collars/leashes, waste bags and gift cards, etc.

For more information or to register for Home Gardeners School, visit www.cpe.rutgers.edu/hgs or call the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education at 848-932-9271.

 

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Contact:

Ro Mende

Program Coordinator, Office of Continuing Professional Education

rm1338@njaes.rutgers.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press Release: Navesink Garden Club Standard Flower Show

NAVESINK GARDEN CLUB

PR Contact: Patricia Dygulski – NGCDygulski@aol.com


“Bella Italia” Flower Show Huge Success

September 2017 – The Navesink Garden Club’s  Small Standard Flower Show, titled “Bella Italia” was a huge success and visited by many garden enthusiasts in The Atrium at 40 Riverside Avenue in Red Bank, NJ.

Out of the hundreds of entries 95 ribbons were awarded.  Yoko Ikura won the Arboreal Award and 2 Horticultural Awards of Merit along with nine more horticultural ribbons and one design ribbon.  Bernice Maguire won a Horticultural Award of Merit with 12 additional horticultural awards and one design award. Pam Marhan won the First Place blue ribbon for her design in  “ Carnevale a Venezia”  “Carnival in Venice” as well as 11 horticultural ribbons. Pam Sutton won the Growers Choice Award, eight (8) additional horticulture awards and the Third Place yellow ribbon in  “Sotto il Sole della Toscana” “ Under the Tuscan Sun”.  Astrid Dixon won the TOP Designers Choice Award in “Ricordi Mediterranean” “Mediterranean Memories”.  Gotti Kelley won two(2) Horticultural Awards of Merit in 11 winners among her entries.  Marina Kerber won the First Place Blue Ribbon in “Sotto il Sole della Toscana” “ Under the Tuscan Sun”.  Marina is chairperson of this flower show, a Master Gardener, NGC Accredited Judge, GCNJ District VIII Director and prior president of the Navesink Garden Club.

The Navesink Garden Club is inviting people interested in horticulture and design to join the club. Meet everyone and learn what other interesting projects the club will be doing. Come to one or more of the monthly meetings held the second Tuesday of the month at The Atrium, located at 40 Riverside Avenue in Red Bank, in September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April,  May and June from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The Navesink Garden Club is a member of The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. and the Central Atlantic Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc. Members come from Atlantic Highlands, Belford, Brick, Chatham, Colts Neck, Eatontown, Elberon, Fair Haven, Highlands, Holmdel, Leonardo, Lincroft, Little Silver, Middletown, Neptune, Ocean, Rumson, Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls, and Red Bank.

For more information about the Navesink Garden Club and programs, contact the Membership Chair, Terry, by emailing her at cweed7@outlook.com

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