Master Gardeners Certified

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Nineteen area residents graduated to become Certified Rutgers Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners.

On Thursday, June 17, the Master Gardener graduation ceremony was hosted by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County’s Agriculture Department. Attending the ceremony were longtime Master Gardeners, cooperative extension staff and the families of the new graduates.


Master Gardeners are community volunteers, trained in earth-friendly gardening and environmental principles. MGs are trained through class room lecture time and hands-on practical application of sound horticulture practices. They are required to donate volunteer time to the efforts of their local extension office as a way of helping to educate Middlesex County citizens on environmental stewardship.

The graduating Master Gardeners are:

  • Jerri Barclay, Cranbury
  • Steven Carter, Piscataway
  • Roberta Kressel, Highland Park
  • Albert Epstein, Edison
  • Chris Piech, Milltown
  • John, Scott, Somerville
  • Judy Wagner, Milltown
  • John Lenard, Highland Park
  • Phyllis Frederick, Edison
  • Linda Klink, Old Bridge
  • Erika Leviant, Edison
  • Lisa Quartararo, Colonia
  • Dale Duchai, Cranbury
  • Ivonne Velez, Dunellen
  • Patrice Cronin, North Brunswick
  • Deborah Ford, East Brunswick
  • Jean Harley, Milltown
  • Denis Massey, Edison
  • Renu Jagasia, East Brunswick

Orientation for the next semester of Master Gardener classes will take place on September 16 (evening classes) & 17 morning classes), 2010, at the EARTH Center, home to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave, South Brunswick. Classes will start the following week. If you are interested in Middlesex County’s Master Gardener program, call 1-732-398-5262 for an application.

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