Lawn & Garden
Rutgers Urban Gardening Program
The New Jersey Master Gardener Program, founded in 1972, now serves as volunteer arm of the University Extension programs in more than 40 states. Master Gardeners are required to pursue a year of intensive study of botany, entomology, plant diseases, landscaping and environmentally sound methods of horticulture.
Following state certification, master gardeners performcommunity service. Programs include a helpline forgardeners, lectures for community groups, and advice andassistance to schools, to bring an understanding of theinterrelationships of nature to our lives.
Master Gardeners use their skills in a variety of areas, including:
- Gardening demonstrations
- Telephone Helpline and Plant Clinics
- Horticultural therapy
- Information booths at county fairs and other public events
- Research assistance at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
- Harvesting and packing food for the hungry
Master Gardeners receive in-depth, hands-ontraining in horticulture from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey faculty and professional staff.
Some basic topics include plant biology, propagation, soil science, and disease and pest control. There is a fee to cover material and program costs. (Scholarships are available.)
In exchange for the training, Master Gardeners agree to volunteer a certain number of hours, working in their community in programs sponsored by the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES). Successful graduates of the training become Certified Master Gardeners after they complete their volunteer service.
For More Information:
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Cooperative Extension of Essex County
Master Gardener Program
621a Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ 07068
Essex County Master Gardener Helpline: 973-228-2210
Statewide Master Gardener Web Site: njaes.rutgers.edu/mastergardeners