Essex County Environmental Center Grounds

The Grounds Committee of the Essex County Master Gardeners led by Tony Oszmianski fulfills an essential function for our members and for the County’s Environmental Center. Tony’s lively group volunteers over 500 hours of service a year working on the grounds of the Master Gardeners. They cut grass, trim and shape trees and shrubs, and attend to the seasonal needs of the display gardens of the Master Gardeners and the Environmental Center.

Deer resistant native plants and shrubs are dug, divided, and transplanted by the hard working Grounds Committee. The thriving gardens, gorgeous beauty Berry Shrubs and Tony’s espaliered apple tree are evidence of their expertise. This year ‘Elmer’s Garden’ will be revitalized and replanted with beautiful native shade plantings.

The Grounds Committee is always looking for new volunteers. They meet Tuesday mornings and would encourage volunteers to ‘Adopt’ a garden or area on the Master Gardener grounds.

Among other activities for the Grounds Committee is refurbishing old garden tools and wheel barrows that are used by the volunteers. Tony has a wealth of knowledge in the use and care of all tools – mechanical and motorized. But, most importantly, he makes an excellent coffee on Tuesday mornings.