Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County will again be sharing their knowledge and helping the public with gardening questions, during the Somerset County 4-H Fair in Bridgewater, from Wednesday, August 7th, to Friday, August 9th.

Their theme this year is “Oh the Places the Master Gardeners Go”.   The Rutgers Master Gardener tent, found inside the Somerset County Board of Agriculture Tent, will highlight the many activities of the volunteers.

Inside will be a monarch and black swallowtail butterfly exhibit with LIVE butterflies and information on their life stages and migration pattern.   In another part of the tent, the Rutgers Master Gardeners will demonstrate the ease of indoor gardening with a display of house plants.  Free Rutgers researched pamphlets on popular garden topics and problems will be available.  A children's area will also be set up with puzzles, arts and crafts, and other fun gardening activities for the younger guests.

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The outdoor display will feature a map of Somerset County pinpointing all of the places the Rutgers Master Gardeners go to provide information to the public.  Some of the projects that the Rutgers Master Gardeners are involved with outdoors are school gardens, community gardens, differently-abled gardens, the Teaching Garden and landscaped community built houses. 

The Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline located at the Cooperative Extension Office of Somerset County, 310 Milltown Road in Bridgewater is staffed by trained volunteers  9 am to noon, Monday through Friday (March – Oct.). Inquiries can be made by phone at 908-526-6293 (press option 4), or in person at the office, or by emailing to rcemastergardener@co.somerset.nj.us.

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