2012/2013 Master Gardener Program Starting Soon

Photo credit: Rachel Tayse via Flickr

Photo credit: Rachel Tayse via Flickr

SOUTH BRUNSWICK — A new season of Rutgers Master Gardener classes will be starting soon at the Middlesex County EARTH Center at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick. Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County offers both daytime and evening programs. Middlesex County is currently the only County that offers the Master Gardeners course in the evenings. Pre-registration for the course is required.

Master Gardeners are community volunteers, trained in earth-friendly gardening and environmental principles. Lecture classes meet once per week for three hours from mid September through mid April. The 60-70 hours of classroom instruction includes practical field experience. Outdoor, hands-on garden classes meet weekly for 3 hours from mid April through mid September (every other week in summer). New students create and care for a large demonstration gardens until they graduate, then they can pursue projects that interest them most.

Lecture topics covered include, but aren’t limited too: sound gardening techniques; composting; creative methods of conserving resources; and horticulture therapy. The program also requires participants to volunteer service towards extension projects, activities and events throughout the year.

The Middlesex County Master Gardener program will be offered at the EARTH Center, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick. If you are interested, call the EARTH Center at 1-732-398-5262. Interested parties can see what the Master Gardeners have been up to, by reading their newsletter available at the Master Gardeners page on the website www.mgmcnj.org.

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

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