The purpose of MGAPC is to promote community awareness and participation in programs related to horticulture.
The program was started in 1972 in Washington State. New Jersey held its first class in 1984. In Passaic County, the first class was held in 1996. Since then, thousands of Master Gardeners have been trained throughout the state and given hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours in service to the residents of the Garden State.
Master gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Rutgers in its mission to deliver horticulture programs and information.
Passaic County classes are held Thursday mornings, September through May, in Wayne. The 3 hour lessons - mostly taught by Rutgers faculty and staff - range in topics from turf renovation and general entomology to propagation and understanding soil. The cost of training is $250. Seventy hours of volunteer time (10 of it devoted to the helpline) are required to become certified. Active master gardeners have 25 hours of service and 10 hours of continuing education yearly.
Anyone with an interest in gardening and a commitment to volunteer service can become a Master Gardener. No previous education or training is required. Call 973-305-5740 for more information.
To apply for the next class access the application form.
Annual Plant Sale - Mark your calenders.
The annual Passaic County Master Gardener plant sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 14th from 9am to 2pm at the Extension Office located at 1310 Rt. 23N in Wayne (behind Gary's Wines). Great prices on annuals, perennials and native plants, herbs, vegetables and Rutgers tomatoes. Also, there will be free mini-presentations on pruning, honeybees, lawn care, and butterfly and hummingbird gardening. All proceeds from the sale are used to support our community projects.
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