Do you like trees, flowers, vegetables and a healthy lawn? Would you like to know more about horticulture, the study of plant cultivation? Are you willing and eager to share gardening information with others? Then please join the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Passaic County’s Master Gardener Class of 2019. The class meets every Tuesday, 10 AM to 1 PM, at the Passaic County Public Safety Academy, 300 Oldham Road in Wayne, beginning on September 11, 2018, and ending in May 2019.
“Every week there is a guest lecturer from the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station on topics such as soil, fertilizers, turf, plant diseases, insects, botany, plant propagation, trees, flowers, pruning and much more,” says Dr. Amy Rowe, County Agent. The fee for nearly 70 hours of training is $300.
After the in-class portion of the program is finished, participants volunteer 70 hours in the community and then they become Certified Rutgers Master Gardeners. Some of the projects that Rutgers Master Gardeners work on include: Passaic County Parks: Laurelwood Arboretum; several gardens at the New Jersey Botanical Gardens; Morris Canal Park; Bloomingdale Senior Center; Morris Canal and Nature Preserve; horticultural therapy at area nursing homes; municipal beautification and maintenance; and The Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline in Wayne.
For an application, please visit http://passaic.njaes.rutgers.edu/ and for more details, call Jo-Ann Pituch of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Passaic County at 973-305-5740, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The deadline for class registration is August 31, 2018.