Spring Clean-Up by New Master Gardener Class  for 24th Spring Fair & Plant Sale on May 19. 

The Master Gardeners of Union County hosted 25 new MG interns in early April for a tour and spring clean-up of their Trailside Demonstration Gardens, 452 New Providence Road, in the Watchung Reservation, Mountainside.  The MGs toured the site, got good gardening pointers from their hosts, then weeded, raked and preened the planting beds to prepare for the MGs’ 24th Annual Spring Fair and Plant Sale on Sunday, May 19, noon to 5 pm, rain or shine.  The FAIR is held at the Demo Gardens site.  Admission and parking are free, but bring your own wagon.  In addition to a wide variety of vegetables, flowering plants and shrubs sold at reasonable prices, attendees can get expert advice on gardening and pest management; plus find fun-filled children’s activities and refreshments.  

By yearend 2013, their 25th year, the MGs will have grown and donated 20,000 lbs. of hardy vegetables, fruit and herbs to local soup kitchens and food pantries.  They cultivate the vegetables in their flagship Community Sharing Garden, located on the Demo Gardens site.  They also grow and donate flowers to local cancer centers and hospitals -- more than 25,000 flowers and greens donated in bouquets since 2007.  For more information or to become a Master Gardener, contact Judi Laganga at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office in Westfield at 908-654-9854, or visit the MG website at mastergardeners-uc.org.

New Jersey Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension in its mission to deliver horticulture programs and information to the general public.