SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ  -- The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is marking the start of gardening season with a new workshop, Discover Power Gardening.

This seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

The concept of Power Gardening combines elements of gardening and landscaping to create one rewarding pursuit. It is designed to help participants keep fit in addition to keeping their garden in order. This presentation will be presented by Caroline Yourcheck, an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Master Gardener, who is equally passionate about gardening and fitness.

“These simple techniques are researched and proven and will appeal to gardeners, and anyone looking to become more active,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s programming greatly benefits the environment as well as our residents.”

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Register for this free seminar by March 16 by calling 732-398-5262. No “walk-ins ” will be permitted.

“Power Gardening not only combines exercise with conservation, it leaves the gardener with a sense of accomplishment,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “I think this program will appeal to many different people and help benefit the ecosystem of Middlesex County.”

Middlesex County’s Extension Office is part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the state land-grant universities to local people. Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by; the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University- New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The EARTH Center is located in one of Middlesex County’s most beautiful parks, the 300-plus acre, Davidson’s Mill Pond Park. In addition to its natural features, visitors will enjoy educational displays such as the vegetable garden, herb garden and water-conserving rain garden. The EARTH Center aims to spark conversation about how gardening and agriculture can help the environment, and other areas of focus in Extension’s Agriculture & Natural Resource Management Department. 

Visitors can also find out more by calling 732-398- 5262.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.