Master Gardeners Graduate

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Thirty-five area residents have graduated to become Certified Rutgers Master Gardeners. On Thursday, June 21, the Master Gardener graduation ceremony was hosted by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County’s Agriculture Department. Attending the ceremony were Master Gardeners, Cooperative Extension staff and the families of the new graduates.

In Middlesex County, 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 volunteer time to their local extension office as a way of educating Middlesex County citizens in environmental stewardship. 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:

  • Griselda Arrosa, Edison
  • Evelyn Balejcsik, Woodbridge
  • Michelle Bennet, East Brunswick
  • Samuel & Lisa Bhattacharya, Dayton
  • Joseph D. Boyle, East Brunswick
  • Janis Bozowski, Kendall Park
  • Jeanne Bucholz, Fords
  • Richard & Tonette, Edison
  • Louise Cymaluk, Piscataway
  • Nancy Germaine, Kendall Park
  • Ellen Goldblatt, Cranford
  • Gina Hickey, Laurence Harbor
  • Josephine Incardona, Somerset
  • E. Karen Kennedy, Plainsboro
  • Rana Korintus, Colonia
  • Vivian Landix, Jamesburg
  • Louise Lopez, North Brunswick
  • William Maccombie, Hillsborough
  • Debra Masperi, Colonia
  • Jennifer Merz, Franklin Park
  • Bernadette Methven, Highland Park
  • Jean Meyers, New Brunswick
  • Susan Muckelmann, North Brunswick
  • Cynthia Passarelli, Metuchen
  • Adele Pudner, Edison
  • Dyana Robenalt, Milford PA
  • Bruce Rogove, Somerset
  • Kelly Rok, Monmouth Junction
  • Marlene Rosenblum, Metuchen
  • Gabrielle Saylor, East Brunswick
  • Brenda Swissman, East Brunswick
  • Judith Triola, Edison
  • Joan Tyson, Plainsboro
  • Mel Waller, Monroe Township
  • Jacqueline D. Woodruff, Somerset

Orientation for the next semester of Master Gardener classes will take place on Sept. 6 and 7, at the EARTH Center, home to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick. Classes will start the following week. If you are interested in Middlesex County’s Master Gardener program, please contact 1-732-298-5278 for an application.

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