The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County are a group of volunteers who provide horticultural information and programs to the community.  Trained by faculty and staff of NJAES, Rutgers University, and by horticultural experts, the Master Gardeners are knowledgeable about a wide range of gardening subjects.

Suzi Butler pruning (2)Become A Master Gardener! Are you ready to learn more about soil, plant identification, insect management, organic growing and more? Are you ready to join a volunteer program that assists the residents of Essex County grow better food and gardens? Then you are ready to apply to become a Rutgers Master Gardener. Classes start September 14, 2016. Click here for the application and more information.


Gardening Notes For August from Rutgers Gardens:  To me, August is the month that epitomizes summer.  The days remain long, with the daytime chant of the cicadas with the evening chorus of the crickets.  Fortunately, July’s heat and drought relented near months’ end and the rain permitted the flower and vegetable garden to recover well.  August typically has more humid days then July, but the temperatures are usually in the 80’s, which is good for both the plants and the gardener!  Remember to get outside during the cool of the morning or evening, use sunscreen and continue to take good notes of your endeavors.