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Master Gardeners at Your Service: Garden Helpline Offers Fall-Winter Hours

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The Garden Helpline, a committee of The Master Gardeners of Union County, is staffed by 31 trained Master Gardeners, all of whom are qualified volunteers.  Recently taking turns on telephone duty are (l-r) MGs Walter Pommnitz, Dennis Lies (standing), Dean Talcott (seated), Marion Goldberger (MG intern), Bridget Mracek (seated, front), GH Committee Chair Dolores Batz-Culp (seated, blue shirt), James Keane, Lorraine Wallace, and Mary Gosnell.  Union County residents with insect and plant-related questions can call the Garden Helpline at (908) 654-9852.  Hours, until November 15, are Monday through Thursday, 9am-3pm, and Friday, 9am-1pm.  Fall-winter hours, starting November 15, are Monday and Wednesday, 9am-3pm and Friday, 9am-1pm.   Credits: T.J. Karns, Publicity Chair, UC Master Gardeners
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The Master Gardeners of Union County wish to remind all County residents that their popular Garden Helpline at (908) 654-9852 does not shut down when summer is over.  Instead, the Helpline remains open 12 hours per week, for public convenience, from November 15, 2014 through March 15, 2015, when GH again resumes its wider spring-summer hours.

Starting November 15, the Garden Helpline’s fall-winter hours are as follows:  Monday and Wednesday, 9am-3pm; and Friday, 9am-1pm. 

Until November 15, GH is open 28 hours per week, Monday through Thursday, 9am-3pm, and on Friday, 9am-1pm.

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Master Gardener and GH Committee Chair Dolores Batz-Culp (of Scotch Plains) offers this reminder: “During fall and winter, people often have problems with things like tics, lawn and garden maintenance, home and garden-invading insects, and houseplants, among other issues.  When questions arise,” says Batz-Culp, “our Garden Helpline is open to provide answers.”

“Plus,” she adds, “in addition to telephoning the Helpline, Union County residents can also bring their plant and insect specimens and photos into our Westfield office for analysis by Helpline staff, all of whom are qualified Master Gardener volunteers.”

The Master Gardeners, together with their Garden Helpline, are headquartered in Union County’s Colleen Fraser Building, 2nd floor, at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield, across from Westfield Diner.

“Whatever your problem,” says Batz-Culp, “whether it be fall-winter lawn care, protecting your shrubs, or improving your indoor landscape with shade or sun-loving plants, the Garden Helpline is just a call away.”

The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County are trained volunteers whose mission is to support land stewardship and disseminate research-based information to the public related to gardening and natural resource management.  The program is part of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County and is supported in part by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  For more information, call the Extension offices at (908) 654-9854, call the Garden Helpline at (908) 654-9852, or visit http://mastergardeners-uc.org.  

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