Home & Garden

Press Releases

Master Gardeners Gear Up for 27th Garden Fair & Plant Sale

0637ccddbeeb83114c06_MG_Spring_Fair_2015_3.JPG
Master Gardener Joanne Krueger manages the 27th Annual Spring Fair & Plant Sale, upcoming on Sunday, May 15, Noon to 4PM (rain or shine).   Credits: T.J. Karns, RMGUC
64462b989fac50955135_MGFair3_2014.jpg
Annual Spring Fair & Plant Sale is the MGs' sole fund raiser every year. They grow, have donated 25,000+ lbs. of vegetables, fruit and herbs for local food pantries. Credits: Union County Master Gardeners
0637ccddbeeb83114c06_MG_Spring_Fair_2015_3.JPG

In May, veteran Master Gardener Joanne Krueger had numerous instructions for nearly 100 Master Gardeners as they readied themselves for the 26th Annual Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale. Krueger (of Scotch Plains) is the long-time manager of the MGs’ Demonstration Gardens at Trailside in the Watchung Reservation, and she also manages their Annual Fair,  Luckily, the MGs were well prepared in 2015 for the onset of 1,134 Fair customers, many of whom waited in line to enter the Demo Gardens precisely at 12 Noon, following the MG’s annual ribbon-cutting ceremony.

As always, Fair customers were treated to a wide variety of flowering plants (many deer resistant and drought tolerant), vegetables, herbs, shrubs and hanging baskets—all at low prices—not to mention activities for their children, guided tours, energy-boosting baked goods at the Cupcake Café, and gardening supplies, information, and displays.

A similar success story is expected at this year’s 27th Annual Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale, upcoming on Sunday, May 15, 2016, Noon to 4PM (rain or shine).  Notes Krueger, “Admission and parking are FREE, but please, customers, bring your own wagons if you can.  Remember, all sales are cash or check only.  We’ll give you customer friendly sales and services.”

Sign Up for E-News

Among the various tomato varieties for sale on May 15 is the new “Rutgers 250,” a “historic reinvention of the world-famous Jersey tomato,” which Rutgers introduced in 1934.  

A Garden Helpline clinic is also available at no charge, as are Rutgers information fact sheets.  Rutgers soil test kits can be purchased.

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County are trained volunteers who provide community services as part of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Westfield.  Their Trailside Demonstration Gardens are located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.  The program is supported in part by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.      

For more information on the 27th Annual Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale and the Master Gardener program, contact Judi LaGanga at (908) 654-9854, or visit ucnj.org/rce.  

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Union County College to Host Financial Aid Workshops

April 23, 2018

CRANFORD – Union County College will be hosting a series of Financial Aid Workshops. These workshops are to educate future college students about financial aid opportunities, scholarships, grants, loans, and more.  Attendees will receive help with completing their financial aid application. Union County College will be hosting these workshops on the following dates and ...

Union County Freeholder Board Reminds Seniors on New Medicare Cards

In recognition of May as Older Americans Month, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds Union County’s senior adults that they will receive new Medicare cards from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this summer.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is the federal agency that runs the Medicare program. It is a branch of the US Department of ...

Health Alert from Borough of Warchung

A kitten from a colony of free-roaming cats in an isolated area in the vicinity of New Providence Road was recently found deceased. Testing revealed that the kitten was infected by rabies. All known exposures to humans have been addressed and there are no known exposures to resident pets. If anyone has knowledge of exposures to cats in this area please notify the health department at ...

Students become composers, lyricists, writers in Musical Theater Company

BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Over the past few months, students in the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) Musical Theater Company have been writing their own full length musical using stories from the Grimm Brothers to be showcased in two performances on June 9 in Wharton’s black box theatre. With the help of instructors Timothy Maureen Cole and David Seamon, the cast is using fairy ...

Politics IS Government in Union County

April 22, 2018

After Bruce Patrson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. A the the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union County I conclude ...

Thank You, St. Joseph's Volunteers

Thank You from St. Joseph Social Service Center

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we would like to express our gratitude to the countless volunteers that serve the poor and homeless at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth (http://www.sjeliz.org).  Whether you make a sandwich, collect toiletries, tutor in the job program, make soup, wrap Christmas gifts, donate food, ...

New Providence Borough Council to Cultivate Relationships with County Officials

April 12, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Councilman Robert Robinson touted the importance of personal relationships with Union County representatives at the Monday, April 9 council meeting.

Union County Freeholders Angel Estrada and Bette Jane Kowalski attended the Street Smart campaign kick-off event prior to the meeting providing the council members with the opportunity to chat face-to-face with the two ...

Student Led #Rally4 Action to Protest Gun Violence Held Friday in Springfield

April 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Fueled partially by their disappointment that students were not allowed to leave school for the nationwide student protest last month, student leaders planned a rally Friday on the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine massacre in Colorado. At 4:30 p.m., students, parents, families, community members met at Chisholm Community Center to register voters, make ...

Student Led #Rally4 Action to Protest Gun Violence Held Friday in Springfield

April 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Fueled partially by their disappointment that students were not allowed to leave school for the nationwide student protest last month, student leaders planned a rally Friday on the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine massacre in Colorado. At 4:30 p.m., students, parents, families, community members met at Chisholm Community Center to register voters, make ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, April 26, 7:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Outsmart the Scammers

Education Law & Justice

Fri, April 27, 5:30 PM

Brookside Community church, Mendham

Raptor Trust Presentation and Pasta Dinner

Arts & Entertainment Education Food & Drink

Carousel_image_4b4bef174301461e6e3a_81afd120e2a1e04c4169_2015_hotdogs

Fri, April 27, 7:30 PM

MONDO & Summit Area YMCA, Summit

Movie Night at Mondo "Food Evolution"

Food & Drink Health & Wellness

Sat, April 28, 7:00 PM

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield

Plainfield Symphony Mahler's 9th Symphony

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, April 29, 1:00 PM

The Monninger Center/The Orangerie at Fairleigh Dickinson University Madison Campus, Madison

Sculpting the Land - Creating Gilded Age Gardens

Education Green Home & Garden