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2018 NJ State Conference

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October 6, 2018

Course Code: AH0203IA19

The Rutgers Master Gardeners Association of New Jersey (RMGANJ) will hold its Annual Conference on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Cook Student Center in New Brunswick! This conference offers all Rutgers Master Gardener (RMG) volunteers from across the state the opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with each other.

Highlights of the 2018 Annual Conference

  • Learn from noted experts in the field of horticulture and hear about educational opportunities in the RMGANJ Counties
  • Watch the video of the State Award winners for each county
  • Take optional tours of the Rutgers Gardens or the Living Wall (select your tour during registration)
  • Enjoy continental breakfast and coffee
  • Win door prizes
  • 5 CE hours earned for the day; additional CEs earned for attending optional tours

About the Rutgers Master Gardeners Association of New Jersey

The Rutgers Master Gardeners Association of New Jersey (RMGANJ) is an organization made up of representatives from each of the county Master Gardener programs. The purpose of RMGANJ is to unite Rutgers Master Gardener programs in a statewide group that will assist Rutgers Cooperative Extension in its basic mission to disseminate research-based information to the general public. It also provides a forum for developing activities in support of Certified Rutgers Master Gardeners/Educators or current Rutgers Master Gardener Interns. RMGANJ consists of representatives from all current programs and designated RCE faculty and staff.

Featured Speakers

Kirk Brown, Featured Speaker at Rutgers Master Gardener Association Annual Conference

Speaker Name: Kirk Brown

Topic: Frederick Law Olmstead, American Designer of Public Spaces in the 18th Century: Historical Horticulture and Plantings Linked to Modern Living

Surveyor, Seaman, Merchant/Clerk, Farmer, Author, Abolitionist, World-traveler, Publisher, Creator. Olmstead designed a world of gardens based on the Augustan ideal of 'The Genius of the Place!' Attend a dramatic presentation on the life of the father of Landscape Architecture who created cities out of the American wilderness and began a conservation movement still challenging the world today.

Leda Meredith, Featured Speaker at Rutgers Master Gardener Association Annual Conference

Speaker Name: Leda Meredith

Topic: Foraging Food and Beauty in the 21st Century Garden

Leda Meredith, PhD, holds a certificate in Ethnobotany from the NY Botanical Garden where she has been an instructor since 2002. She is the author of seven books including "Northeast Forager" and is a teacher for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Captain Bill Sheehan, Featured Speaker at Rutgers Master Gardener Association Annual Conference

Speaker Name: Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper

Topic: How It Can All Go Wrong and What To Do About It

Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper.Org presents "From High Tor to Newark Bay - the Hackensack River and its Waterkeeper." Bill holds a 25-ton Launch/Tender Master's license and it is from the helm of a boat that Bill introduces the audience to the Hackensack River, its varied habitats and mix of human and natural histories.

Post-Conference Tours (Optional)

If you would like to join one of these tours, please indicate your selection with your registration.


Tour Option #1: The Botanical Gardens at Rutgers (unlimited availability)

Rutgers Gardens cultivates inquisitive minds, great plants, and inspired gardening through educational exploration and enjoyment.


Tour Option #2: The Living Wall at the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health (limited to 60 people)

Visit the largest living wall in New Jersey with over 6,000 individual plants representing 72 different species covering 1,300 square feet of wall space.

Registration will open soon! Please check back.

Date & Time

Saturday, October 6, 2018

8:00am – Breakfast
8:45am – Opening Remarks
3:15pm – Conclusion


Cook Student Center
59 Biel Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Registration Fees

Registration Fee:
$40.00 per person

Lunch (optional):

Cancellation Fee:


Contact Us!

Program Coordinator:
Rosemary Mende

Administrative Assistant:
Olga Welsh

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