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June 2016

All About Bees

June 18, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mercer Educational Gardens, 431 A Federal City Road
Pennington, NJ United States
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Honey bees and native bees - ALL types of bees play an important role in plant pollination and are critical to our food supply. Interested in keeping honey bees? Rutgers Master Gardeners will talk about their beekeeping experiences. Want to attract native bees to your property? Learn about selecting and growing bee friendly plants and the importance of reducing pesticide use in our home gardens. PRE-REGISTRATION is recommended.

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July 2016

An Evening at MEG Right Plant, Right Place

July 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mercer Educational Gardens, 431 A Federal City Road
Pennington, NJ United States
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Here's the right time and place to explore the "right plant in the right place" secret to successful gardening! Stroll through the Annual, Butterfly, Cottage, Herb, Native and Perennial gardens, the Weed Identification bed and a Meadow. Rutgers Master Gardeners will discuss how to make the perfect match, considering diverse soil and sun conditions. This is a chance to see where and why certain plants thrive. It's the right thing to do on a summer's evening.

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August 2016

Lawn Renovation & Establishment

August 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mercer County Extension, 930 Spruce Street
Lawrence, NJ United States
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Early September is the best time to seed your lawn. Barbara J. Bromley, Mercer County Horticulturist, will present information on repairing lawn damage. Learn how to prepare lawns for seeding, how to select the appropriate grass seed and how to restore you lawn effectively. Soil test mailers will be available for purchase to determine how much (if any) fertilizer or lime is needed for the lawn. * PRE-REGISTRATION is recommended.

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September 2016

Bugs Rule!  14th Annual Insect Festival

September 10, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mercer Educational Gardens, 431 A Federal City Road
Pennington, NJ United States
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A day of games and activities that highlight the importance of bugs in our lives and teach children of all ages about the incredible and often beautiful insects common to the Northeast.  Saturday, September 10 1 to 4 p.m. Mercer Educational Gardens, 431A Federal City Road, Hopewell Rain or shine Admission is free! On-site parking available This year’s theme is “Bugs Rule.” Attractions include: The Big Bug Band featuring a sing along accompanied by “kid made” instruments. Bugs in water Butterfly births…

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October 2016

Barbara J. Bromley’s Rules for Successful Gardening

October 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hamilton Township Public Library, United States + Google Map

Need a little expert gardening advice? The many years of experience as Mercer County Horticulturist have led Barbara J. Bromley to develop some endearing and memorable rules for successful home landscaping and gardening. Have you planted a tree too close to your house? You might appreciate Barbara's chainsaw rule! Sometimes surprising, often amusing, but always helpful, "Barbara's Rules" will entertain and educate you. The the program is free but seating is limited, so pre-registration is required. Register by email at rmgofmcprograms@gmail.com or call…

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November 2016

Terrariums – Gardens Under Glass

November 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mercer County Extension, 930 Spruce Street
Lawrence, NJ United States
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Terrariums bring plants together in clear containers to create a miniature ecosystem. Rutgers Master Gardeners will demonstrate how to select the best containers, soils, plants and accents for your terrarium and provide practical maintenance tips and imaginative ideas for bringing a bit of nature indoors. This program is free. Pre-registration is recommended  Register by email at: rmgofmcprograms@gmail.com or by phone at: 609 989-6830  

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January 2017

Birds, Bees, Butterflies, and Blooms

January 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Tupehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue
Trenton, NJ
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  What can you do to attract birds to your garden? What are the best plants to entice bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects to make their homes with you? What maintenance techniques are most hospitable for these garden visitors and residents? Guest Naturalist Mary Anne Borge will answer these questions and inspire you with her beautiful photographs to plan for the upcoming growing season. An optional guided walk will follow the presentation. *Space is limited and registration is required…

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February 2017

Ten Most Common Gardening Mistakes

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mercer County Extension, 930 Spruce Street
Lawrence, NJ United States
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 Everybody makes gardening mistakes! Brand new gardeners and even lifelong green thumbs make them. It happens to the best of us. Barbara J. Bromley, who has been the Mercer County Horticulturist for many years, and, by her own admission, has made a few mistakes herself, will highlight the most frequent gardening mistakes she has seen and heard about over the years. Some will be familiar, but others may surprise you. *Pre-registration is recommended.   To pre-register: email us at:  rmgofmcprograms@gmail.com…

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March 2017

Refresh. Renew. Restore. A Garden Symposium <-- SOLD OUT!

March 11 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Stuart Country Day School, Princeton, NJ United States + Google Map

Join us for our tenth annual Garden Symposium on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, NJ.  This year the theme is Refresh, Renew, Restore!   We have an exciting line up of speakers, beginning with Tony Avent, famed plantsman and owner of Juniper Level Botanic Gardens, as well as the plant junkies ultimate nursery, Plant Delights, in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Ruth Rogers Clausen grew up in Wales and has contributed books and magazine articles to…

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Emerald Ash Borer Treatment Options

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 United States
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The dreaded Emerald Ash Borer is in our community and thousands of ash trees are now under threat. The damage has been devastating, killing true ash trees all across America. If you want to save the tree, you have to act quickly. What can you do? Pam Zipse, Outreach Coordinator of the Rutgers Urban Forestry Program of the NJ Agricultural Experiment Station and Nicholas Polanin, Somerset County Agent, will walk you through your options, including a mechanism for evaluating the…

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April 2017

Integrated Pest Management for the Homeowner

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Howell Living History Farm, 70 Woodens Lane
Lambertville, NJ
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Integrated Pest Management is a strategy and decision process developed for large agricultural producers that can also be applied by homeowners to limit or avoid altogether the use of toxic chemicals. You will learn how to use these principles for long-term prevention of pests and their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Whether you hire a professional landscaper or do it all yourself, you need…

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Meet the Master Gardeners at Communiversity

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Downtown Princeton,, between Nassau & Witherspoon
Princeton, 08542 United States
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Do You Have a Garden Question? Ask a Master Gardener!  We're here to help... Mercer County Master Gardeners will be on hand at Communiversity in Princeton on Sunday, April 30 from 1-6pm. Stop by and find out the answers to those pressing gardening questions or pick up some information on a wide variety of gardening topics. Kids will love getting up close and personal with the eye-popping specimens in our Bug Boxes (shown left) and gardeners of all ages can get some…

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May 2017

Plant Expo and Garden Market

May 6 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mercer Educational Gardens, 431 A Federal City Road
Pennington, NJ United States
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  Home-grown perennials, trees, and shrubs; Master Gardener grown tomatoes; a wonderful garden market of selected top-notch nurseries; and a secondhand sale of used “stuff” – are all featured at the Expo. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help select the best plants for your garden and Barbara J. Bromley will be on hand to answer questions. See below for sale details, including searchable lists of plant selections, a vendor list, and a map and location guide. Plan to come early for best selection and…

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Meet the Master Gardeners at The Azalea Festival

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sayen Gardens, 155 Hughes Drive,
Hamilton, NJ 08690 United States
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Do You Have a Garden Question? Ask a Master Gardener! We're here to help... Mercer County Master Gardeners will be on hand for the Azalea Festival at Sayen Gardens, on Sunday, May 14 from 10am-4pm. Stop by and find out the answers to those pressing gardening questions or pick up some information on a wide variety of gardening topics. Kids will love getting up close and personal with the eye-popping specimens in our Bug Boxes (shown left) and gardeners of all ages can…

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Meet the Master Gardeners at Pennington Day

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Downtown Pennington Borough, Main Street
Pennington, NJ 08534 United States
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Do You Have a Garden Question? Ask a Master Gardener!  We're here to help... Mercer County Master Gardeners will be on hand at Communiversity in Princeton on Sunday, April 30 from 1-6pm. Stop by and find out the answers to those pressing gardening questions or pick up some information on a wide variety of gardening topics. Kids will love getting up close and personal with the eye-popping specimens in our Bug Boxes (shown left) and gardeners of all ages can get some hands-on…

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June 2017

Hands-on in the Garden

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mercer Educational Gardens, 431 A Federal City Road
Pennington, NJ United States
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  Bruce Crawford is director of Rutgers Gardens For complete beginners and those who still have questions... a garden program featuring Bruce Crawford, of Rutgers Gardens Bruce Crawford of Rutgers Gardens will open the afternoon with an enthusiastic talk about vegetable gardening. In addition to Bruce's talk,  Master Gardeners will be present to answer questions, help with finding relevant information, and sell soil test kits. Live, hands-on demonstrations will include the following topics: How to read a plant label…

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Meet the Master Gardeners at the Princeton Farmers Market

June 8

Do You Have a Garden Question? Ask a Master Gardener!  We're here to help... Mercer County Master Gardeners will be on hand at the Princeton Farmers Market on Thursday, June 8. Stop by and find out the answers to those pressing gardening questions or pick up some information on a wide variety of gardening topics. Kids will love getting up close and personal with the eye-popping specimens in our Bug Boxes (shown left) and gardeners of all ages can get some hands-on experience creating…

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July 2017

Evening in the Garden

July 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mercer Educational Gardens, 431 A Federal City Road
Pennington, NJ United States
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  With the Mercer Educational Gardens as a backdrop, Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer ways to draw you out into your garden as the sun goes down. Learn about how to design your landscape and choose plants to make evenings more enjoyable. Discover what plants offer evening scents, bloom only in the evening or long into the evening, and which ones attract evening pollinators such as bats and moths. You might just find that your favorite summer…

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August 2017

Lawn Renovation & Establishment

August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mercer County Extension, 930 Spruce Street
Lawrence, NJ United States
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Early September is the best time to seed your lawn. Barbara J. Bromley will present information on repairing lawn damage. Learn how to prepare lawns for seeding, how to select the appropriate grass seed, and how to restore your lawn effectively. Soil test kit mailers will be available for purchase to determine how much (if any) fertilizer or lime is needed for the lawn. *Pre-registration is recommended. *Pre-registration by email at rmgofmcprograms@gmail.com is the preferred method of signing up for…

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September 2017

15th Annual Insect Festival: “Please Bug Me”

September 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mercer Educational Gardens, 431 A Federal City Road
Pennington, NJ United States
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This year’s always popular Insect Festival will feature a return of the Big Bug Band in addition to educational opportunities for visitors of all ages. Bees, Butterflies, Bugs Galore, Bugs in Water, Games in the Garden, and an Insect Hunt in the Meadow are just a few of the many activities planned.   Learn about the importance of insects in our lives through hands-on, fun activities. Printable copy of our 2017 Gardening Programs and Events brochure

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