Welcome to Master Gardeners of Passaic County



What Kinds of Things do Master Gardeners do? 

  • Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline
  • Gardening demonstrations
  • Horticultural therapy
  • Staffing information booths at county fairs and other public events
  • Research assistance
  • Harvesting and packing crops for food banks
  • Conduct educational lectures
  • Community and youth gardening
  • Continuing education
  • Design, plan, organize and record 

What Projects are Passaic County Master Gardeners Involved in? 

  • Bloomingdale Senior Center  - Beautification Project
    Location: 103 Hamburg Tpke, Bloomingdale
    Project Coordinator/Leader: Sunny Brennan
    Nature of Project: Installation of Fence Panel  and Arbor in 2016, plant and   maintain existing plant beds, continue  development of Mediation Garden and changing/maintaining 40 existing  planters
    Meeting Time: Monday 9AM to Noon/1PM from April thru October
  • City Green
    Location: 171 Grove Street, Clifton (Shulthies Farm)
    Project Coordinator/Leader: Diane Behlen
    Nature of Project: Planting and maintaining  gardens on weekly basis from spring to fall. Work is done under the  guidance of City Green's horticultural director
    Meeting Time: Wednesdays 9:30AM - Noon, Wednesday 5:00 - Dusk
  • Clifton  Boys and Girls Club
    Location: 180 Colfax Ave, Clifton
    Project Coordinators/Leaders: David Obssuth and Joan Kaynak
    Nature of Project: To have children learn to  prepare, plant and identify vegetables and flowers as well as care for  garden over the summer (weeding, watering, etc)
  • Clifton  Library Main Memorial
    Location: 292 Piaget Ave, Clifton Project Coordinator/Leader: Kathy Sauerborn
    Nature of Project: Maintain Butterfly and vegetable garden, replace annuals and vegetables
    Meeting time: As announced                          
  • Dey Mansion
    Location: 199 Totowa Road, Wayne
    Project Coordinator/Leaders: Linda Wescott
    Nature of Project: Maintenance of Knot Garden
    Meeting time: As announced                          
  • Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA)
    Location: 925 Pines Lake Drive, Wayne
    Project Coordinators/Leaders: Linda Ransom and Elaine Fogerty
    Nature of Project: Planting and maintaining Arboretum on weekly basis from spring to fall
    Meeting Time: Every Tuesday and Friday from 9 to Noon from April to October
  • Fr English Pantry Vegetable Garden
    Location: 435 Main Street, Paterson
    Project Coordinators/Leaders: Barbara Perino and Joe Di Giacomo
    Nature of Work: Assist and expand the  vegetable garden to provide fresh produce to the pantry which serves  approx. 5000 people/month. Establishment of butterfly garden for  children.
    Meeting time: As announced
    Parking: In front of garden, or on Slater Street
  • Gardening for Hummingbirds Speaking Project
    Location: Various Locations
    Project Coordinator/Leader: Kathy Sauerborn
    Nature of Project: Educate public about plants that feed hummingbirds 

  • Garett Mountain Boat House                           
    Location: Garett Mountain Reservation, Boat House, Woodland Park, NJ
    Project Coordinator/Leader: Lourdes Osorio
    Nature of work: To demonstrate plants that are deer-resistant in our area, focusing on native plants.
    Meeting time: Usually once per month on Saturday mornings, as announced. Please contact Lourdes Osorio to be placed on the email list for announcements.


  • Green A-Fair
    Location: William Paterson University, Wayne
    Project Coordinator/Leader: Joe Di Giacomo
    Nature of Project: Educate the public on best  gardening tips, importance of sustainability (includes distributing  materials on gardening, MG Help Line, Master Gardener Program,  importance of soil testing and other "green" topics, etc.).
    Meeting Time: Annual Event
  • Hillcrest Community Garden
    Location: Intersection of Chamberlain and Rossiter Aves, Paterson
    Project Coordinator/Leader: Jane Egan
    Nature of Project: Native Plant Project.
    Meeting Time: Generally every other Sunday from spring through October from 10am - 12pm.  Work times announced through the MGAPC e-mail, Better Impact, and Green Times.
  • Horticultural Therapy
    Locations: Chelsea at Bald Eagle, 197 Cahill Cross Road,West Milford,
                              Lakeland Health Care, 25 Fifth Ave, Haskell (part of Wanaque)
    Project Coordinators/Leaders Barbara Sanford and Renate Gudat
    Nature of Project: For seniors to enjoy the  use of plants in their daily activities (3-4 projects per location)
    Meeting Time: As announced in Green Times, e-mail Barbara Sanford if you are attending
  • Horticultural Therapy South
    Location: Preakness Healthcare Center, Wayne
    Project Coordinator: Regina Imperato
    Nature of Project: To provide residents of  long-term nursing facility with horticultural therapy (2-3 projects  per year: March, June and in the fall)
    Meeting time: As announced in Green times, e-mail Regina Imperato if you are attending
  • Horticultural Therapy- Llanfair House
    Location: Black 1140 Oak Ridge Rd, Wayne
    Project Coordinator: Margaret Kerstner/Helene Christie
    Nature of Project: Horticultural Therapy 4 times per year (March, June, Sept, and Dec)
    Meeting Time: As announced in Green Times; call or e-mail Helene Christie if you are attending
  • Lambert Tower
    Location: Garret Mountain, Woodland Park
    Project Coordinator/Leader: Mike Fowler
    Nature of Work: Planting  on Tower Path
    Meeting Time: As announced
  • Master Gardener Herb Garden
    Location: Behind Extension Office (aka Nike), Wayne
    Project Coordinator: Joe Di Giacomo
    Nature of Work: Replace herb plants sold at  plant sale, divide and re-pot plants for plant sale, create window sill  herb gardens, maintain existing garden
    Meeting time: As announced
  • Master Gardener Vegetable Garden
    Location: Behind Extension Office (aka Nike), Wayne
    Project Coordinator: Joe Di Giacomo
    Nature of Work: Master Gardeners will grow  vegetables for harvesting and donation to food pantry at the Fr English  Community Center in Paterson.
    Meeting Time: As announced
  • Monarch Butterfly Speaking Project
    Location: Various locations
    Project Coordinator/Leader: Kathy Sauerborn
    Nature of Project: Educate public about lifecycle of Monarch butterfly and milkweed
  • Morris Canal Park
    Location: Broad Street, Clifton
    Project Leader: Kathy Sauerborn
    Nature of Project: Restore native plants and remove invasives
    Meeting Time: As announced
  • New Jersey Botanical Garden (NJBG) - Lilac Garden
    Location: NJBG/Skylands/ Ringwood State Park, Morris Road, Ringwood
    Project Coordinators/Leaders: MartyTappan, Frank Dyer, Edith Wallace
    Nature of Work: To  maintain and  enhance the Skylands lilac garden that attracts over 1000 visitors  each year.
    Meeting Time: As announced
  • New Jersey Botanical Garden (NJBG) - Woodland Wildflower Garden
    Location: NJBG/Skylands, Ringwood
    Project Coordinator/Leader - Darlene Nowak
    Nature of Work: Purchase and plant flowers for 3 seasons
    Meeting Time:Wednesdays 9:00AM - Noon
  • Passaic  County Fair
    Location: Garret Mountain, Woodland Park
    Project Coordinators/Leaders: Kathy Sauerborn/Jo-Ann Pituch
    Nature of Work: Educate public on various gardening related activities
    Meeting Time: Aug 18 - 21
  • Plant Sale
    Location: Extension Office (Nike), Wayne
    Project Coordinators/Leaders: Plant Sale Committee
    Nature of Work: Annual fundraiser held on first Saturday after Mother's Day
    Meeting Time: Details announced each year
  • Preakness Healthcare - Butterfly Garden
    Location: 305 Oldham Road
    Project Coordinator: Cathy Pariser
    Nature of Work - Designing and planting a Butterfly Garden for the enjoyment of residents
    Meeting Times: To Be Announced
  • West Milford  Animal Shelter Society
    Location: Lycosky Drive, West Milford
    Project Coordinator: Karla Nugent
    Nature of Work: Plant and maintain window  boxes throughout the seasons, plant and maintain front sign area, weed  and mulch entrance beds, etc.
    Meeting Time: Fridays from 9AM to 11AM 


  • West Milford  Native & Medicinal Plant Garden
    Location: Intersection of Clinton Road & Warwick Turnpike, West Milford  
    Project Coordinator/Leader: Karen Longo   
    Nature of Project: Plant and maintain garden with native and medicinal plants. Educate the public on including native plants in their garden, medicinal use of plants and other gardening-related topics.  
    Meeting Time: Third Sunday of each month (with some exceptions), 11:30 am - 3pm, April through October. Come for all or part of the time. 2019 Dates: April 28, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20