RARITAN TWP., NJ - Applications are now being accepted for the Rutgers Master Gardener program.

Rutgers Master Gardeners are trained to assist county residents with a myriad of home gardening issues, including providing the materials and information needed to obtain a proper soil sample for analysis; lawn care; plant, tree and shrub identification; advice about the right plant for the right place; and recommendations on native plant materials. 

With suitable samples, Rutgers Master Gardeners can also help diagnose plant diseases, identify insects, weeds and other pests of the home and garden, and give written advice about the cultural recommendations for their control following sustainable and evidence-based techniques.

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The upcoming class for the Rutgers Master Gardener program begins Sept. 19. Applicants may stop by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon – which is in Building #2 at the Route 12 County Complex – send an email or call 908-788-1338 for an application.

Rutgers Master Gardener volunteers staff the Helpline Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, and Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 12:30 to 3:30. You can reach them by phone at 908-788-1735 and by email at gardeners@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Look for the Rutgers Master Gardeners at a variety of upcoming community events in August.  Members of the group at the Hunterdon County 4H & Agricultural Fair, Dvoor Farm Market, Frenchtown Riverfest and the Rutgers Snyder Farm Great Tomato Tasting.