The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County is 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.  

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the County of Essex has closed all County buildings, including Garibaldi Hall in Roseland, where the Helpline is physically located.  Therefore, it is not possible to visit the Helpline in person at this time.   However, our dedicated Helpline volunteer staff  remains ready and willing to answer your gardening questions via phone or email.  Each weekday, from 10 am until 2 pm (until 12 pm on Fridays) Helpline staff members will be checking phone messages and emails to the Helpline.  The staff will use resources available to them, including Rutgers Fact Sheets and their personal libraries, to provide assistance.   
Therefore, you may call the Helpline at 973-228-2210 at any time and leave a message on the voice mail.   Or, you may email the Helpline at If you email, please include your phone number so that a Master Gardener Helpline volunteer can call you.   

Refer to the tabs – March, April, May – at the top of the page for suggested tasks in the garden by month.