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Freeholders Celebrate Greenhouse Ribbon Cutting as Master Gardeners Prep for Garden Fair on May 17

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On hand for the NEW GREENHOUSE ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 18 (l-r) are T.J. Karns, Chair of the MGs' Grants and Publicity Committees; Mary Jane Willis of the Rutgers Foundation (blue blouse); former MG president Carol Walczuk (face partially hidden behind Willis); Atty. Thomas Phelan of the WATTS Foundation, one of five greenhouse grantors in addition to the Union County Open Space Trust Fund; Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski (cutting ribbon); Carol Marquardt of the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Service League, also a greenhouse grantor; Madeline DiNardo, UC Agricultural Agent and MG Coordinator; and Dr. Karen Ensle, Director of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, which houses the MG administrative office at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield. Other greenhouse grantors include the Westfield Foundation, Westfield Service League and Westfield Y Men's Club Association. Credits: Photo courtesy MG Richard Leister
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Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski listens carefully as Master Gardener Diane Voight (in white) explains the seedling cultivation process on a tour of the MGs' new state-of-the-art greenhouse on Saturday, April 18. Since 2002, The Master Gardeners have cultivated and donated 23,820 lbs. of vegetables, fruit and herbs to local food pantries and soup kitchens in Union County.  Credits: Photo courtesy MG Richard Leister
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On Saturday, April 18, the Master Gardeners of Union County celebrated the official opening of their new state-of-the-art greenhouse, located on site in their Demonstration Gardens at Trailside in the Watchung Reservation (Mountainside).   Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski officiated at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 
 
The new greenhouse doubles as a seedling incubator and teaching facility.  Seedlings raised therein are transplanted into the Community Sharing Garden where, since 2002 the MGs have cultivated up to 29 varieties of vegetables. They donate the vegetables, together with fruit and herbs grown in their Berry Patch and Herb Gardens, to local food pantries and soup kitchens. Since 2002, they have donated 23,820 lbs. of hardy produce to help feed the hungry in Union County. They also raise and donate flowers on a weekly basis to local cancer centers and hospitals -- nearly 37,000 flowers and greens donated since 2007.  
 
The MGs sole fund raiser is their Annual Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale, held on site in their Demonstration Gardens.  This year's 26th Annual Fair to which the gardening public is cordially invited, is scheduled on Sunday, May 17, Noon to 4 p.m., rain of shine. This family-friendly event features a wide variety of vegetable and flowering plants and shrubs at reasonable prices. Children's activities are provided and the popular Cupcake Cafe will be open for quick snacks. 

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