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Master Gardeners


Master Gardners

Rutgers Master Gardeners are a unique group of trained volunteers who provide horticultural programs and services to enhance their communities.

Rutgers Master Gardeners are enthusiastic, willing to learn and help others, and able to communicate with diverse groups of people.


2016 Master Gardeners Volunteer Recognition Awards


Masters Gardners of Hunterdon County - 2016 Volunteer Recognition Awards

  • Linda Klug, 2016 Master Gardner of the Year
  • Rae Narasimhan, 2016 Award of Excellence
  • Pam Slevin, 2016 Always Reliable
  • Cathy Hatman, 2016 Always Reliable
  • Tricia Deering, 2016 Always Reliable
  • more...


Garden Talks


Rutgers Master Gardener 2017 Speakers Bureau Garden Talks

Talks covering a variety of garden subjects are created and presented by Rutgers Certified
Master Gardeners of Hunterdon County. Topics include: Annuals, Birds in the Garden, Butterfly Miracle, Conifers, Public Gardens of NJ, Wildflowers, and much much more.

The speakers research specific topics that interest them and develop original, illustrated talks. Each presentation, which includes the opportunity for questions, lasts about an hour.

Three additional volunteers participate in each presentation. They operate the Master Gardener computer and projector, answer gardening questions, and assist the speaker.
An informative handout on the topic is usually distributed. If necessary, a projection screen
can be provided.

Typical audiences over the past 15 years have included garden clubs, libraries, seniors groups, and community organizations.


Get Growing, You Too Can Become a Rutgers Master Gardener!

The Rutgers Master Gardener volunteers are individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, talents and skills who, after receiving horticultural training and certification by Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension, share their knowledge with the community through many varied volunteer activities. These programs include a Garden Helpline to answer the public’s horticulture questions, providing horticulture opportunities for people with diverse experiences and abilities, school ‘Seed to Salad’ vegetable gardens, community speaking engagements, and much more!



Rutgers Master Gardener Applications Available

The Rutgers Master Gardener program of Hunterdon County is now accepting applications for review.  The upcoming Class of 2017 will begin on January 17, 2017.  Classes will be held at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office located in the Route 12 County Complex on Tuesdays and Thursdays form 9:30 am to 12:45 pm.

The Rutgers Master Gardener volunteers are men and women of diverse backgrounds, experiences, talents and skills who, after receiving horticultural training and certification by Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension, share their knowledge with their community through many varied volunteer activities.   The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Hunterdon County is a volunteer program that assists Rutgers Cooperative Extension in its mission to deliver horticultural information to the public.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity program provider and employer. Contact your local Extension Office for information regarding special needs or accommodations. Contact the State Extension Director's Office if you have concerns related to discrimination, 848-932-3584.

For more information about the program, contact Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon County at (908) 788-1338.


2016 Master GardenersRutgers Master Gardener Class of 2016

Twelve Hunterdon County residents graduated from the Rutgers Master Gardener training program and will begin their internship under the guidance of RCE faculty and staff, and Certified Rutgers Master Gardeners on the Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline and other public outreach programs in June.

The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Hunterdon County are volunteers trained and coordinated by Rutgers Cooperative Extension faculty and staff to provide county residents with advice of home horticultural issues; including pests of the home and garden. Last year, the Rutgers Master Gardeners were assisted more than 650 county residents with real research based answers to problems.






Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon County
Master Gardeners
Mailing Address:
PO Box 2900
Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
Physical Location:
314 Route 12 County Complex
Building #2
PO Box 2900
Flemington, NJ 08822
Phone: 908.788.1338  





NOTE: It is Extremely Important for you to provide your mailing address and phone number and email address when you write to the Master Gardeners.

Residents can call our RUTGERS MASTER GARDENER HELPLINE or come to the Cooperative Extension office for horticultural information and help with various gardening problems.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 2900
Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
Physical Location:
314 Route 12 County Complex
Building #2
PO Box 2900
Flemington, NJ 08822
Phone: 908.788.1735 FAX: 908.806.4734
The Helpline is Staffed by Rutgers Master Gardener Volunteers:
April thru October: Monday thru Friday: 9:00 am 12:00 pm
  Mondays and Wednesdays: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm






The purpose of the Rutgers Master Gardener program in Hunterdon County is to promote and extend Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension’s educational programs in the area of home horticulture.  Some examples include:

  • Support the County Extension office by staffing the Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline. The Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline is a vital service through which volunteers and Extension personnel answer questions on home horticulture topics from callers and visitors. These topics include but are not limited to trees and shrubs, perennials, annuals, lawns, insects and plant diseases.
  • Support horticulture education programs through which county residents obtain up-to-date information from Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
  • Support Extension’s outreach programs by providing horticultural education to local community groups, including: libraries, parks, garden clubs, schools, health centers, government agencies, etc.


  • Be a resident of Hunterdon County (Residents of other counties may be accepted if there is space in the class and they are willing to volunteer in Hunterdon County).
  • Meet all application criteria. (Class space is limited. Qualified applicants are admitted on a first come basis.)
  • Complete an intensive training program which includes basic horticulture information and problem solving techniques.
  • Complete 70 volunteer hours, including 30 Helpline hours - daytime, weekdays only.

RCE of Hunterdon County

314 Route 12, Building #2

PO Box 2900

Flemington, NJ 08822-2900


Phone: (908) 788-1338

Fax: (908) 806-4735






Who can become a Master Gardener?

Individuals with an interest in both gardening and volunteer service are eligible for the program. No previous experience is necessary.

What type of training is given?

Rutgers Cooperative Extension offers a series of in-depth lectures. This comprehensive horticultural training provides the practical experience and research-based knowledge needed to competently share gardening information. In exchange for training, participants are asked to volunteer time through their local county extension office.

What type of volunteer activities exist?

The opportunities for volunteer services are limitless

  • diagnose plant, insect and disease problems at the County Helpline
  • lead gardening activities at local schools
  • design a demonstration or community garden, harvest food for the hungry
  • lecture on various gardening topics
  • bring the joys of gardening to senior citizens and persons with disabilities; and
  • much, much more.

Your training and instruction is free. A one time fee is assessed to cover materials and program costs. The instructional materials are yours to keep for your personal reference collection.

Why should I become a Master Gardener?

You will become knowledgeable about a wide array of horticultural subjects. You will be trained by professionals from Rutgers University. The practical training is designed to increase your confidence and horticultural skills, enabling you to assist the public with questions and problems involved with gardening. Volunteer services helps your community and you derive the pleasure and reward of working with others who share your interests.

Volunteers also participate in advanced Master Gardener training classes and field trips. Developing new ways to participate assures you that the learning process and the opportunities for satisfaction never end. In addition, there are statewide, regional, and national associations. In New Jersey, you can be on the advisory council and help direct the future path of the Master Gardener Program. Every year there is either a regional or national conference where you can meet with other Master Gardeners, trade ideas, and get suggestions for more programs to try in New Jersey.

How do I become a Master Gardener?

Once you successfully complete the training program and pass the final exam, you will be awarded your diploma at a graduation ceremony, and begin an internship. You will become a certified Master Gardener once you fulfill your minimum volunteer commitment. Once certified, you can only use your Master Gardener title when participating in Rutgers Cooperative Extension events.






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