MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Twenty-three area residents recently graduated to become Certified Rutgers Master Gardeners.
In Middlesex County, Master Gardeners are community volunteers, trained in earth-friendly gardening and environmental principles. They are trained through classroom lecture time and hands-on practical application of sound horticulture practices. They are required to volunteer time to their local extension office as a way of educating Middlesex County citizens on environmental stewardship.
In Middlesex County their headquarters is the EARTH Center, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick. Activities include EARTH Center garden maintenance, answering resident inquiries on the MG Helpline, harvesting produce for food banks and horticultural therapy.
Graduating Master Gardeners are:
- Melissa Constantinou, North Brunswick
- Amy Feng, Sayreville
- Judy Hudak, Monroe
- Linda Larson, Edison
- William Marshall, Parlin
- Donna McEvoy, East Brunswick
- John Reitemeyer, Piscataway
- Regina Ryan, Princeton
- Daphne Speck-Bartynski, East Brunswick
- Cheryl Valentino, Metuchen
- Becky Chen, Highland Park
- Shannon Cicero, Spotswood
- Dorothy Cohen, North Brunswick
- Kristine Covello, Metuchen
- Angelo Gagliano, Piscataway
- Yun “Lucy” Hsu, Monroe
- Bob Marshall, East Brunswick
- Lynne Marshall, East Brunswick
- Michele Rodriguez, Edison
- Joseph Smith, South Amboy
- Barbara Wright, Milltown
- Caroline Yourcheck, Chatham
- Judy Walczak, South Amboy
Orientation for the next semester of Master Gardener classes will take place on Sept. 8 and 9, at the EARTH Center, home to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick. Classes would start the following week. If you are interested in Middlesex County’s Master Gardener program, contact 1-732-398-5262 for an application.
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