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As Summer Fades, Gardeners Keep On Gardening


Master Gardeners bulbs via USDAUnion County, NJ  –  Gardening and houseplant enthusiasts in Union County can add to their store of horticultural knowledge in September and October, by attending the free Fall Speakers Series presented by the volunteer Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County.

“The Fall Speaker Series is just one of many ways in which the Master Gardeners are helping to enhance our Union County communities,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. “The Freeholder Board is very proud to support this project and all of their efforts.”

The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County is an all-volunteer program run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, supported in part by the Freeholder Board. It joins Union County in a nationwide system designed to deliver useful, science based information to local communities.

The next session in the Fall Speaker Series will be “Fall Bulb Planting” on Thursday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m.  Master Gardener Joanne Krueger will explain the ins and outs of a successful fall bulb planting program. 

On Tuesday October 6 at 7:00 p.m., Master Gardener Debra Stuart will present “Happy Healthy Houseplants.” Ms. Stuart will provide guidance on indoor locations, soils, pest control and other elements of a flourishing houseplant collection.

Both sessions will take place at Rutgers Cooperative Extension headquarters on the second floor of the Union County Colleen Fraser Building, located in the county services complex at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.

Admission is free but attendees are required to pre-register by emailing Julie Morris at Rutgers Cooperative Extension,, or call 908-654-9854, and press “option 2” to speak with Judi Laganga.

No previous experience is needed to join the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County. Any Union County resident who loves gardening and would like to share their knowledge can take a Rutgers training course and become a certified Master Gardener. The next certification course begins soon. To obtain an application form email or call 908-654-9854 (press “option 2).

For more information on all Rutgers Cooperative Extension programs in Union County, including 4-H Clubs and Master Tree Steward program, visit online at

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