Master Gardener Program Announces New Classes for 2019-2020

Tri-State Events

Sponsored By: Rutgers Cooperative Extension

A new season of Master Gardener classes will be starting this September at the Middlesex County EARTH Center in Davidson Mill Pond Park, located at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is offering both daytime and evening sessions for this program. Orientation (attendance is optional) will be on Thursday, September 5 at 6:30 p.m. for the evening class and Friday, September 6 at 9:30 a.m. for the Friday morning class. The program officially starts on September 13 and 14. The class is open to all New Jersey residents.

The Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained in earth-friendly gardening and environmental principles. Lecture classes meet once per week for 3 hours from mid-September through mid-April. The hands-on garden classes meet weekly from April through mid-September (every other week in summer). During these sessions, new students will create and care for demonstration vegetable and herb gardens.

Topics covered in the program include: sound gardening techniques, composting, creative methods of conserving resources, and horticulture therapy. The program also requires participants to volunteer some hours of service towards Extension projects, activities and events throughout the year.

“All types of gardening have unique benefits, so come and explore how you can improve your health, reduce stress and learn something new,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Register now to learn the newest techniques on growing flowers, produce, and other plants.”

“Middlesex County is committed to caring for its environment and encouraging our residents to do the same,” says Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “These classes are a great way to join in making our County greener and healthier.”

The program’s tuition fee is $425, to cover books and materials. Those interested in joining the program can call the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262 for more information or visit www.co.middlesex.nj.us and search Master Gardeners.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.