Master Gardeners provide free service to County residents
Residents of Middlesex County who have questions on home horticulture, local agriculture,
pest problems or backyard conservation should call the
Master Gardener Helpline at 732-398-5220 for consultation.
The hours of availability are: 9:00 AM - 12 Noon April through September Weekdays
10:00 AM - 12 Noon October through March Weekdays
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
If you must call at off hours, please leave a phone number and detailed message about your problem.
Our Master Gardener Helpline volunteers will research the answer before they call you back during their scheduled hours.
The helpline is just one of the community services that our Master Gardener volunteers offer County residents. Other services include Speakers’ Bureau, Community and School Garden guidance, and workshops on various gardening and environmental topics.
Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained by Rutgers experts in sustainable gardening and environmental principles.
Sound gardening techniques - plant selection;
disease, insect and weed control
Integrated Pest Management
Creative methods to conserve natural resources
Master Gardener interns are required to volunteer 60 hours of service to Rutgers
of Middlesex County before achieving certification. Once graduated a certified Master Gardener
must volunteer 25 hours of service each year, to remain in good standing.
Examples of volunteer service
Answering gardening questions on the Gardeners
Conducting composting and recycling
Community beautification and
demonstration garden maintenance
Lecturing on a variety of gardening topics
Assisting with community events such as the
Middlesex County Fair
Participants become certified Master Gardeners after they have satisfactorily
completed the training program and have fulfilled their volunteer service
Is the Master Gardeners /
Environmental Stewardship program for you?
Join in the efforts if you are:
Interested in learning more about plants and
Eager to gain knowledge on using
natural resources wisely
Willing to share your knowledge with residents by
assisting in gardening projects or programs
Looking for fulfillment resulting from community
The Master Gardener
student agrees to:
Enroll in the program (includes a non-refundable fee for program cost
and lab materials).
Abide by all policies of Rutgers Cooperative
Extension of Middlesex County
Satisfactorily complete the training program
(classes, labs and field trips) within the time period of
Attend 80 percent of all classes and field trips
Actively participate in program committees (2 or
Participate in mandatory "hands-on" EARTH
Center garden class time during the first
growing season of their Master
Also, complete 60 hours of community volunteer service
Cooperative Extension programs in Middlesex County during their first year as an intern
(EARTH Center and Rutgers events count towards this 60 hours ).
Support and promote the Master
Gardener/Environmental and Community Stewardship Program,
primarily at the
Assist Rutgers Cooperative Extension with Middlesex
County Fair agricultural booth and other
Interns have a choice to attend the required lectures on either Thursday evenings or Friday mornings.
In addition to attending weekly lectures, September through April, and “hands-on” gardening sessions
One of the areas of focus and volunteerism for our certified Master Gardeners is Horticulutral Therapy. Horticultural Therapy uses plants and gardens to promote an individual's mental, physical and intellectual well-being. This practice may use seasonal flowers and leaves in crafts that stimulate the
bodies and minds of residents at local group homes. These programs promote self-esteem and social interaction, plus the residents have FUN!!!
They currently serve residents at :
Cedar Oaks Care Center , South Plainfield
The Middlesex County VA Home, Menlo Park
Middlesex County Master Gardeners Helpful Links:
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