RARITAN TWP., NJ - The Rutgers Master Gardener program is accepting applications for the new class of 2018.

Classes begin which Sept. 19 andwill be held on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office located in the Route 12 County Complex here.

The Rutgers Master Gardeners receive in-depth, hands-on training in horticulture from Rutgers faculty and professional staff. Some topics included in the course are plant biology, propagation, soil science, disease and pest identification, turf management for home lawns, gardening and environmental principles.

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Rutgers Master Gardeners are a unique group of individuals who provide outreach programs to home gardeners and their community.  Successful graduates become Certified Rutgers Master Gardeners after they complete the course work and volunteer service hours. 

No previous education in horticulture is required.  Any residents who enjoy gardening, have a natural curiosity about their environment and want to make a commitment to volunteer service can become a Master Gardener.

For more information about the program, contact Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon County at 908-788-1338, or stop in to pick up an application for the program. Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon County is located at 314 Route 12 County Complex, Building #2 here..

Rutgers Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity program provider and employer. Contact the local Extension Office for information regarding special needs or accommodations.